How to use your GameShark for good - not evil


The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, like Super Mario 64, was full of great GameShark exploits. Make things bigger, make things smaller, make things more crazier. A basic example is levitation, which was a common hack in 3D games of the time.

Above: “Hey, there’s my house. Oh right, I’m mute.” 

But levitating is just the beginning in Ocarina of Time, and giant chickens are somewhere around the middle – see all of the absurdity below:


Here’s where things get a little out-of-hand. Want to turn FFVII into a work of contemporarily modern color vomit? Look no further than “800E5634 0003.”


Another taste of the madness the GameShark delivers, this time in F-Zero X, Super Smash Bros., and Mario Kart 64. The F-Zero X clips are the result of “812C4984 2222” which is another way of saying “uber-super-ultra-incredi-fast mode,” which you would know if you spoke N64 like we do.

At this point in this article, the memories should be flooding back... the hours spent scouring lists of numbers and changing one digit at a time in a quest to find the one code that would make you cooler than your friends, and all the frustration when the damn thing stopped bloody working (which was often). Those were more innocent times.

The modern experiences closest to the one the GameShark offered (not including handhelds, which are still sometimes hackable), are finding existing in-game glitches, or modding PC games – but that’s so much less fun, because either it’s a design flaw, or it’s encouraged by developers. It was a billion tanks of blood-thirsty sharks more fun when we were doing things the developers never could have expected or intended, as in this one last hack from Super Mario 64:

Aug 5, 2009

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  • gatornation1254 - August 10, 2009 7:52 p.m.

    I love the Mario 64 guy
  • Patius - August 10, 2009 8:41 a.m.

    You guys overlooked the most epic gameshark code ever made: 81244096 0009 81244124 013B 81244132 0000 That's the Arwing In Kokiri Village in Ocarina of time. Best Gameshark hack ever
  • YuGiOhisbetterthanMagic - August 10, 2009 12:42 a.m.

    goldeneye walk though doors cheat= way too mutch fun
  • TheNinja - August 6, 2009 11:36 p.m.

    where the hell can you get a n64 gameshark
  • disturbedanomaly36 - August 6, 2009 3:08 a.m.

    what, you couldnt give us any of the codes to put in the gameshark other than Final Fantasy VII? i never bothered to try playing with the codes
  • mariovslink - August 6, 2009 2:55 a.m.

    Lol. I used to gameshark my 64 all the time. ONLY after i had beaten the game. I especially liked it for use any item anywhere :P
  • Unoriginal - August 6, 2009 1:23 a.m.

    Never had one or knew anyine that did but those videos look like so much fun. What was the last console they made them for? The PS1 era?
  • CaptainHead - August 6, 2009 1:21 a.m.

    The dude in those mario 64 videos sounds like salad fingers.
  • 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?!?!?!?
  • 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.
  • super0sonic - August 5, 2009 11:18 p.m.

    That Mario kart 64 infinite blue spiky shells was Amazing!!!
  • 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?
  • Cyberninja - August 5, 2009 10:09 p.m.

    i glad i didnt mess up n64
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • kubes - August 5, 2009 9:53 p.m.

    i remember getting one for my gameboy
  • Bobbety - August 5, 2009 9:36 p.m.

    I'll use my game shark evil if I want to.
  • 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.
  • Harmon20 - August 7, 2009 2:29 a.m.

    ah yes, the levitation trick in OoT. I remember many a fun time with that.
  • 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.

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