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Cheats & Tips – Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (GBA)

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, GBA

Play as Maxim Kischine

After completing the game once start a new game with MAXIM as a name.

No Magic

After completing the game once start a new game with NO MAGIC as a name.

Hard Mode

After completing the game once start a new game with HARDGAME as a name.

Unlock Boss Rush Mode

Boss Rush mode is unlocked upon completing the game, there are three levels that can be unlocked (Easy, Normal and Hard) by playing in succession.

Play as Classic Simon Belmont

After unlocking Boss Rush Mode press ↑, ↑, ↓, ↓, ←, →, ←, →. B, A, SELECT when the Konami logo appears. This allows you to play as the NES version of Simon Belmont in Boss Rush Mode.



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.

New More Open World Zelda Coming to Wii U in 2015

The Legend of Zelda Wii U, E3 2014

Nintendo producer Eiji Aonuma unveiled a new entry in The Legend of Zelda series at the company’s digital E3 event today. The game will have a more open world style than recent Zelda games, more akin in style to the very first Zelda game on the NES. Areas of the world will feel more connected and places can be visited in any order.

Graphically the game looks very different from the more realistic tech demo that was shown at E3 2011, having more in common with the cel-shaded style of The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword. The world appears much richer in detail and more alive than those games however.

The game, simply being referred to as The Legend of Zelda for now, will launch on the Wii U in 2015.

To see footage of the game in action check out the video below, The Zelda coverage begins at 19:55.

Drive a Mercedes-Benz in Mario Kart 8

Mario Kart 8, Mercedes Benz, Wii U

Nintendo and Mercedes-Benz have joined forces to offer the first piece of DLC for Mario Kart 8 in the form of a free Mercedes kart. The free content is part of a marketing campaign to promote the new GLA class model. The kart will be available later this summer in Japan with distribution elsewhere to be announced “in the near future” according to Nintendo UK.

In addition to the kart a sponsored tournament will be held this Autumn/Fall.

While this partnership has come somewhat out of left-field it does confirm the possibility of further DLC for Mario Kart 8 further down the line.

Mercedes-Benz Japan released the following trailer to announce the partnership. It includes an 8-bit depiction of the GLA car as well as a rather unsettling live-action Mario.

Even More Hyrule Warriors Details

Link, Hyrule Warriors, Wii U

Hyrule Warriors will have a local multiplayer mode according to the latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. The article, translated by Siliconera, tells us that one player can play via the TV screen while the second player uses the Wii U Gamepad.

Impa has also now been confirmed as a playable character with others yet to be revealed. Impa will act as leader of the Elite Guard and will fight using a long sword.

There seems to be a decent amount of depth to the combat system, equipping different weapons will alter a character’s fighting style, for example one-handed swords will allow quicker movement but heavier weapons will inflict more damage. Characters and weapons can also be upgraded as you progress through the game.

In addition several classic features of the Zelda series will be prominent, such as the Spin Attack, bombs and Z-targeting which lets you dodge attacks and target enemy weak points.

The game is 70% of the way through development and will be playable at E3. As we revealed yesterday the game will be available in Japan on August 14th.

Check out the screenshot gallery below for several new images courtesy of Famitsu, including what is most likely the villain of the game – the witch Shia.

New Hyrule Warriors Details

Link, Hyrule Warriors, Wii U

New information about Wii U title Hyrule Warriors has surfaced today via a translation of Japanese Famitsu magazine. Amongst the details was the revelation that the game will be released in Japan on 14th August – though no news yet on release dates for other territories.

Zelda Hyrule Warriors, Famitsu

Scan of the Famitsu article, via Zelda Informer

It was also revealed that Team Ninja staff Hisashi Koinuma and Yosuke Hayasahi will be assisting Omega Force with development as producers. Eiji Aonuma, famed for working as producer on the Zelda series, will also be serving in a supervisory capacity.

The story will involve Link setting off to rescue Princess Zelda from a new villain, a witch named Shia. Familiar locations from the Zelda series, such as Hyrule Field, will also appear and the game will feature some ‘unexpected’ playable characters.

We will bring you more details as they emerge.

Hints & Tips – Wario Land 4 (GBA)

Wario Land 4

Unlock Karaoke Mode

In the sound room highlight the ‘exit’ option then hold down SELECT + START + R + L + UP (all at once). Once you have unlocked karaoke mode you can alter the pitch of the song by pressing UP or DOWN, change the tempo by by pressing LEFT or RIGHT, and change the CD to green, yellow, or just lyrics with L or R.

Find Hidden CDs

There are special CDs hidden in every level that unlock music you can listen to in the sound room, here are their locations:

Palm Tree Paradise: In the last cave before the portal switch. Walk through the wall from the bottom wooden platform.

Mystic Lake: The CD is at the beginning of the level but can only be collected after activating the portal switch. When you come back bash through the block to the left of the first door.

Wildflower Fields: Float through the gap at the beginning, then climb left into the clouds. Climb as high as you can, then go left when you reach the top.

The Curious Factory (Ruby Passage): From the portal switch room take the exit to the right. Go left at the bottom jewel piece and you will be squashed. Go left and fall into the next area. Finally, go right to get the CD.

The Toxic Landfill (Ruby Passage): There is a hidden path below the third jewel piece. Find it and smash the second television on the floor to uncover the CD.

40 Below Fridge (Ruby Passage): Activate the portal switch and head back to the portal’s location. Now go right and climb the ladder, crawl through the gap at the top then drop down. Smash open the block to find the CD.

Pinball Zone (Ruby Passage): Go through the third room containing the black balls and stand on the slope. Press down on the D-Pad to roll down to the right. Climb to the top left to find the CD.

Unlock Super Hard Mode

Complete the game on Hard difficulty. When you start a new game ‘Super Hard’ difficulty will be available.


Bioware Reveals Most Popular Shepard Names

Mass Effect 3. Shepard

If you’ve ever played Mass Effect then you’ll know that there are quite a lot of customization options open to you upon starting the game, including choosing a name for your Shepard. The default names are John and Jane and Bioware has revealed that the majority of players stuck with those monikers, however they have also created a graphic displaying the most popular custom choices for each gender.

Mass Effect, Shepard Names

What did you name your Shepard?

Cheats & Tips – F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (GBA)

F-Zero Maximum Velocity

Access Password Screen

At the Machine Selection screen in Grand Prix Mode, press L, R, Start, R, L, Select.

Unlockable Machines

Jet Vermillion

There are several ways of unlocking the Jet Vermillion Car. They are as follows:

  1. Unlock all other cars in the game and complete Championship mode 255 times (!).
  2. OR Complete every series on Master Class with all other racers.
  3. OR Create a new save file at the Name Entry screen, call it ‘T&T’ and start a game using that name. Select Grand Prix mode and at the Machine Selection screen enter the password screen code. Finally enter the password ‘V-J4+6V9A-30’.

Sly Joker

Win the Pawn, Knight and Bishop tracks on standard difficulty.

Falcon MK-II

Win any series on expert difficulty.

Silver Thunder

Win the Queen series on expert difficulty.


Win the Pawn, Knight and Bishop tracks on expert difficulty.

Fighting Comet

Win the Pawn, Knight, Bishop and Queen tracks on Master difficulty.

Unlock Master Difficulty Setting

Win the Pawn, Knight, or Bishop series on expert difficulty in Grand Prix mode to unlock the master difficulty setting for each series.

View Demo Mode

Press select at the title screen to watch a CPU demonstration.

Soft Reset

To reset the game without using the 0n/off button press select + start + A + B at the same time.

Delete Saved Games

If you need to clear any of your saved data simply hold L + R as you turn the game on. Select ‘Yes’ when prompted.

Footage of Cancelled Darth Maul Game Emerges

Red Fly Studios recently revealed that they were working on a game based on Darth Maul, the mysterious Sith Lord from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Unfortunately the game was cancelled on June 24, 2011 when the project had barely gone beyond the prototype phase.

Red Fly were also behind the development of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 on the Nintendo Wii – the cancelled Maul game was originally set to be a Wii exclusive but soon became a multi-format project. Plot details are scarce (a script writer had yet to even be hired)  but George Lucas apparently requested that the story be told in a ‘buddy cop’ style, with Darth Maul teaming up with Darth Talon. The gameplay would have been a combination of stealth and lightsaber combat. You can see Maul dispatching a group of Mandalorian enemies in the video below.

Red Fly employees believe the cancellation was connected to the sale of Lucasfilm and LucasArts to Disney, as was the case with Star Wars 1313.

There’s more coverage of the game, and some exclusive footage, over at Game Informer.