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Cheats & Tips – Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins

Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins. Game Boy, 3DS, Nintendo

Easy Mode

You can switch to easy mode by entering the pipe room where you select your play file and pressing select.

Demo Mode

A little known secret is that you can actually control the demo that appears if you leave the title screen open. Hold down ↑, SELECT and B (in that order) at the title screen and when the screen changes you will be controlling Mario, however the game will freeze after 60 seconds and you will have to restart.

Cheats & Tips – Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (GBA)

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon box art, Konami, Game Boy Advance, Wii U

Unlock Magician Mode

Complete the game, then start a new game and enter ‘FIREBALL’ as a name. If done correctly the word ‘Magician’ will appear on the Option screen. In this mode all trading cards will be available immediately under the DSS option.

Unlock Fighter Mode

Complete the game in Magician Mode and start a new game with ‘GRADIUS’ as a name. The word ‘Fighter’ will appear on the Option screen if done correctly. Nathan is stronger and able to take more damage in this mode. Trading cards are not available in this mode.

Unlock Shooter Mode

Complete the game in Fighter Mode and start a new game with ‘CROSSBOW’ as a name. The word ‘Shooter’ will appear on the Option screen if done correctly. Nathan will have a greater number of hearts, extra sub-weapon damage and can use the Homing Dagger sub-weapon in this mode.

Unlock Thief Mode

Complete the game in Shooter Mode and start a new game with ‘DAGGER’  as a name. The word ‘Thief’ will appear on the Option screen if done correctly. Nathan’s stats will be lower to begin with in this mode and will not increase as much when you gain a level apart from the ‘LCK’ (Luck) stat which will start at 1600 and will increase by an additional 160 LCK at each level.

Spinning Attack

While using the whip hold down the attack button to make it spin round in a circle. This will prevent small enemies from hitting you but you cannot move while performing this attack.

Defeat Dragon Zombies

An easy way to defeat the Dragon Zombies is to jump up to the platform by the door where you entered whenever you get hurt and activate the Jupiter + Mandragora DSS combo to heal yourself. Just watch out for the occasional fireball which may come your way.

Defeat Death

To defeat Death easily activate the Jupiter + Manticore DSS combo. This prevents his sickles from hitting you.

DSS Card Locations

This is a list of DSS Card locations and the enemies that drop them.

Action Cards Location
Mercury Bone Head in Catacomb.
Venus Slime in Catacomb, Abyss Corridor (hidden room), and Audience Room.
Jupiter Heat Shade in Machine Tower.
Mars Bloody Sword in Chapel Tower.
Diana Man Eater in Underground Gallery.
Apollo Arch Demon in Underground Storage.
Neptune Ice Armor in Underground Waterway.
Saturn Fallen Angel near the Battle Arena.
Uranus Scary Candle in Golem Boss Room (defeat Camilla first).
Pluto Trick Candle in Cerberus Boss Room (defeat Camilla first).
Attribute Cards Location
Salamander Bomb Skeleton in Catacomb.
Serpent Earth Demon in Catacomb.
Mandragoras Axe Armor in Abyss, Corridor (in a hidden room), Audience Room.
Golem Electric Skeleton in Audience Room.
Cockarice Stone Armor in Machine Tower.
Manticore Thunder Demon in Machine Tower.
Griffon Skeleton Athletes in Audience Room (hidden room far to the right).
Thunderbird Were-Panther in Chapel Tower.
Unicorn White Armor in Battle Arena.
Black Dog Devil Armor in Battle Arena.

Cheats & Tips – Advance Wars (GBA)


Unlock Advance Campaign

First buy the ‘Advance Campaign’ under Battle Maps which becomes available after completing the Campaign Mode. After you have bought it start a new Campaign while holding down the Select button. The words ‘Advance Campaign’ should appear in the upper left hand corner. This mode will make enemy AI tougher and some units stronger. Your opponent will also have more units while you will have less, but you will earn more cash for progressing.

Special Intel Tutorial

When you have finished the Field Training missions you will unlock a short tutorial called ‘Special Intel’ which gives you extra gameplay tips. It can be found at any time by going back into Field Training.

Unlock new COs

Olaf: Beat Campaign Mode.

Grit: Beat Campaign Mode and use Max in Mission 4. Buy from Hachi (on the Battle Maps section) for 50 coins.

Eagle: Beat Campaign Mode and use Sami for missions 15, 16, 17, 18 and then beat secret mission 22. Buy from Hachi for 50 coins.

Kanbei: Beat Campaign Mode. Buy from Hachi for 50 coins.

Drake: Beat Campaign Mode. Use Andy for missions 15, 16, 17 and 18. Buy from Hachi for 50 coins.

Sonja: Beat Campaign Mode. Beat Mission 9 in 8 days (or less), Mission 10 in 10 days, Mission 11 in 12 days, then beat secret missions 12, 13 and 14. Then you can buy Sonja from Hachi for 60 coins.

Sturm: Beat Campaign Mode and unlock all other COs. You can then buy Sturm from Haichi for 100 coins. Note: Sturm can only be used in Vs. mode.

Sonja’s Secret Missions

Complete CO Kanbei’s missions in the following amount of turns to unlock Sonja’s secret missions:

Kanbei Arrives!: 8 turns or less

Mighty Kanbei!: 10 turns or less

Kanbei’s Error?: 12 turns or less

If you successfully complete the missions within these time limits you will continue into a hidden path in the story line.

Cheats & Tips – Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (PSP)


Unlock Cunningham

Enter the password “JUNKER”. You can also unlock Cunningham by defeating him on any difficulty setting by stamina depletion with the MK22 and then completing the game before the in-game date reaches January 1, 1971. Save your game after the credits and then load it again. Once you reach a point where you can save the game, save it and exit the game completely. Restart your PSP and load your game once again, upon doing so you will get a message informing you that you have a new soldier – Cunningham.

Unlock Elisa

Enter the password “THE-L”. You can also unlock her by completing the game with a “Medic” rating of 80. Once you have done this follow the same steps as with Cunningham to have her join you.

Unlock Eva

Enter the password “E.APPLE”.

Unlock Ga Ko

Enter the password “!TRAUMER”.

Unlock Gene

Enter the password “ERBE”.

Unlock Major Zero

Enter the password “1+2-3”. You can also unlock Major Zero if you have a Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel save file on your memory stick. You still have to complete the game first and then follow the same steps as with Cunningham.

Unlock Null

Enter the password “Hunter-n”. Another way to unlock him is by killing him through health or stamina depletion with the MK22 in both fights against him. Once you have done this complete the game and follow the same steps used to unlock other characters.

Unlock Ocelot

Enter the password “R.R.R.”

Unlock Para-Medic

Enter the password “PM-EMS”. You can also unlock her by contacting her in the Comm Building after Roy has recovered from Malaria. She will offer to help. If you place spies in the hospital she will eventually be available to recruit through a side mission.

Unlock Python

Enter the password “LQ.N2”. You can also get him to join you by using a tranquilizer gun and stamina to deplete him rather than health depletion. This will result in a different sequence where he joins you.

Unlock Raikov

Enter the password “IVN=RV”. To unlock him through gameplay do the missions up until the guest house, when you get there rather than continuing, place spies in town. After a while you will get a report about a map. Retrieve the map and place spies in the wilderness. After another short while Raikov will need rescuing. Rescue him to unlock him.

Unlock Sigint

Enter the password “DARPA-1”. Alternatively, after rescuing Snake and recruiting Para-Medic, go into the Comm building again. There you will contact Sigint and he will offer to help. After this place spies in town and he will become available in a side mission.

Unlock Sokolov

Enter the password “SATURNV”. Alternatively, give him the Saturn V blueprints in game.

Unlock Teliko

Enter the password “T.F-ACID”. You can also unlock Teliko if you have a Metal Gear Ac!d save file. Teliko will unlock on your second playthrough, the same way as Cunningham etc.

Unlock Ursula

Enter the password “PK+ESP”.

Unlock Venus

Enter the password “MGA2VE”. Venus will also unlock on your second playthrough if you have a Metal Gear Ac!d 2 save file.

Unlock Stealth Camouflage

Complete the game with a “Technician” rating of 99. When equipped Stealth Camouflage grants you invisibility for a limited amount of time.

Unlock Extreme Mode

Complete the game once to unlock the Extreme difficulty setting.


Hints & Tips: Super Mario Bros Deluxe (Game Boy Color)

smbdx boxart


Play As Luigi

To play as Luigi press select on the map screen before you start the level, press it again to change back to Mario. This works in both Classic and Challenge mode.

Play the “Lost Levels”

Complete the original game twice without warping to play “Super Mario Bros For Super Players”. This is in fact the version of Super Mario Bros 2 originally only released in Japan and known as “The Lost Levels” in the West.

Fireworks Display

To get a fireworks display at the end of a level you need to grab the exit pole when the number on the timer ends with either a one, three or six. The amount of fireworks you get will match the number and you will receive extra points for each one.

Warp Zones

World 1-2: Towards the end of the level jump onto a lift going upwards and leap off onto the ceiling blocks. Keep running right across the top and you’ll go past the end of stage pipe to a different set of pipes, these will take you to various stages further along in the game.

World 4-2: Smash the blocks in the ceiling above the tall pipe before you reach the surface to find another warp zone.

Race Vs. Boo

When your points total reaches over 100,000 a new mode will unlock where Boo challenges you to race through levels.