How to use your GameShark for good - not evil

Shark Week on GR is about sharks and games (and not at all about riding on the caudal fin of the Discovery Channel’s popularity). So what the hell could be a better way to celebrate sharks and games than by featuring the GAMESHARK. Just look at it, it has both words right there.

If you’ve been hiding in an underwater cave for the past 20 years and need a primer, cheating devices like the GameShark work by modifying bits of memory or code in games. Some players stick to the standard, published codes which offer practical gameplay modifications like invincibility and infinite ammo. Those people are boring, and not very shark-like at all. The true fun of the GameShark is in messing with untested codes for the most absurd results possible. Granted, most of the time custom codes just break the game, turning it into an existential exploration of colors and falling off cliffs, but that’s just part of the charm.

We’ll keep it short and sweet, which is also how a shark would describe your limbs, and our exploration will focus primarily on the N64 version of the GameShark, for the obvious reason that the N64 is gray, which is also the color of SHARKS.

Above: See? 


Being an N64 launch title, and one of the first 3D free-roaming platformers, Mario 64 was pretty easy to break. In researching this feature, we wanted to find some silly videos of all the nonsense that could be achieved in the game...we found so much more. One YouTube user has not only uploaded 22 videos of Mario 64 GameShark modifications, he’s narrated many of them, voicing all of the characters himself. See for yourself:

We think his work is brilliant, and the enjoyment he clearly received from making these videos is strangely contagious. We couldn’t stop at just one:


The GameShark not only enabled Mario to poop coins, it actually helped fans discover hidden content in games. The most famous example is in the Dam level of Goldeneye 007, which contains a hidden island of mystery and intrigue and a couple of bland, concrete buildings.

Above: There’s not much on it, but hey, cool right? 

The popular story is that the developers had intended to include a ferry which would take players to the island, but ran out of time. They left the island intact, and with no-clipping mode on, we can walk like Jesus to its mysterious shores.

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  • killerwhalen - August 5, 2009 10:58 p.m.

    Yay bew Tyler Wilde article! recaptcha: ghettoes be...I'm guessing if there was a third word it'd be "fabulous"
  • Hurricrane - August 5, 2009 10:59 p.m.

    wow Peach must've had a HUGE collision box
  • Red - August 5, 2009 11:48 p.m.

    I remember when I thought I was so cool after combining the metal mario and wing cap together cheats until I cam across that very same problem the second to last video shows. The giant Peach video sent shivers down my spine. It scared me for some reason.
  • Yeager1122 - August 6, 2009 1:36 a.m.

    I think i used my gameshark for pokemon to get like 99 masterballs or whatever it was.
  • Martino - August 6, 2009 1:47 a.m.

    NO it was for n64.
  • SuperDuperMCA - August 6, 2009 3:24 a.m.

    the mario 64 guy reminds me of saladfingers
  • waynski1457 - August 6, 2009 3:49 a.m.

    You haven't seen anything in OoT until you play the title screen (beta world), get to the hidden triforce, and spawn an Arwing to fight. Good times.
  • AyJay - August 6, 2009 7:38 a.m.

    u didnt mention the arwing in ocarina
  • Narc780 - August 6, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    It sucks they didnt make one of these for this gen, say what you will about cheating but sometimes its just fun to try the game in different ways. Call me a cheater, I figure I'm getting the most out of a game.
  • Harmon20 - August 7, 2009 2:29 a.m.

    ah yes, the levitation trick in OoT. I remember many a fun time with that.
  • HardlyBirdman - August 7, 2009 6:22 p.m.

    My best friend and I decided that it would be totally sweet if instead of stacking an N64 cart on a gameshark and getting some sweet unlocks, that we were going to stack an N64 cart on a gameshark ON A GAMESHARK to I don't really know what we thought we'd get.....but we ended up with a fried gameshark.
  • Bobbety - August 5, 2009 9:36 p.m.

    I'll use my game shark evil if I want to.
  • kubes - August 5, 2009 9:53 p.m.

    i remember getting one for my gameboy
  • secretsearcher - August 5, 2009 10:01 p.m.

    third yay!!! I've never used a gameshark out of worry that I'd screw up the game I was playing. I've been tempted to get one many times however.
  • Bobbety - August 5, 2009 10:09 p.m.

    I just remembered when my friend in fifth grade told me that he had a game shark for his PC... That kid was full of bullshit, turned out he didn't even have a computer with any games on it.
  • Cyberninja - August 5, 2009 10:09 p.m.

    i glad i didnt mess up n64
  • Cyberninja - August 5, 2009 10:51 p.m.

    i meant i am glad that i didnt mess up my n64 and how is this good anyway?
  • super0sonic - August 5, 2009 11:18 p.m.

    That Mario kart 64 infinite blue spiky shells was Amazing!!!
  • AMayer - August 6, 2009 midnight

    I remember my older brother somehow getting a Gameshark and it being like the Holy Grail. We would always use it on GoldenEye and Jet Force Gemini.
  • GeneralTickTock - August 6, 2009 1:09 a.m.

    those mario64 vids are absolutely hilarious- two coins for killing yoshi? are you saying i get MONEY for killin him?!?!?!?

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