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Menzies also described how the in-house software came about, corroborating statements about Blade Runner codenames being used. "I wrote the ROM for the in-house game development system, Nexus 7," he says. "I believe the actual ROM for the Game Genie user interface was written by Andrew Graham. My main contribution to Game Genie, along with Graham Rigby and another guy whose name escapes me, was creating the Genie codes."
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For the first Game Genie, on NES, players were presented with 16 letters each corresponding to a hexadecimal value, and three dashed lines allowing codes of 6 or 8 characters to be inputted. The device itself came with a booklet containing codes for all the latest games at the time. The choice of letters to represent hex values seems entirely arbitrary, though. It might have been to increase the likelihood of real words forming codes, or to make writing down new codes easier. For example, 'PIGPOG' on Super Mario Bros., which randomly changes enemy placement, is much easier to remember and tell friends about than the hex equivalent of '154194'. Unfortunately, no one we interviewed knew why the menu interface formed as it did. Carron would only cryptically state that "the hex code thing was for legal reasons."
Rigby explains how the start of his Codemasters career was as one of their code finders. "I knew Ted Carron through mutual friends, back home, and he asked if I wanted to find cheat codes. In the initial days, I think it was Camerica who were involved, supplying some games for us to get codes for. Galoob came later. That's when things really took off with more games needed for the codebook; I think it was 255 games for the release. That relationship with Galoob also led to the Micro Machines games."
The process of searching for working codes would have been slow and tedious, though as Menzies explains, the team came up with little tricks to speed things up. "I wired up a Commodore 64 to control a prototype Game Genie using a pop-up utility on the Commodore, so we could type codes directly in hex, which was a big improvement over using the NES controller. Also we managed to daisy-chain two Game Genies so we could enter up to six codes at once, which sped things up a bit. There were a lot of games, but I specifically remember finding the codes for the Mario and Mega Man games, since I had so much fun playing them. I would first finish them without cheats because I didn't want to ruin the fun!"
Some of the team's tactics were quite interesting, highlighting the hypocrisy of Nintendo, as Menzies explains. "I helped with the lawsuit by creating non-Game Genie codes that could be entered into an official Nintendo game's own password system and would crash it, cause graphical corruption, weird behaviour, and so on. Basically all of the things that Nintendo's lawsuit accused Game Genie of doing, so we could say to the judge 'look, this isn't anything to do with us, Nintendo's games do this on their own, it's just how video games work'."
I remember having the game genie when I was a young un. I also remember being disappointed that it didn't change the games as much as I thought it would. Maybe it was this that led me to view cheatcodes and walkthroughs a bit of a waste of time... until you complete it first at least. Oh well, one legacy gone and resigned to the ages.
These type of devices have always fascinated me and driven a game "hacking" side-interest. The first one I had was an Action Replay for the Gameboy. My old notebook with handwritten codes was found in my parents attic just a couple of years ago. Somehow I had been able to make a "walk in the air" code for Super Mario Land using the trainer function. I had devices like this for pretty much all consoles up until PlayStation before jumping into PC gaming and the endless modding opportunities that was possible before DRM became a thing. Nowadays I use the original NES Game Genie to test the physical romhack repros I'm making. Good times
I relied on the game genie just to make most games run properly after a few years. Those cartridges degraded quickly and blowing into them to remove dust or whatever only got you so far. The game genie actually made them run.
Wow this just gave me flashbacks from childhood. I had a friend who had a game genie. We used it to play super mario 2. Don't remember what cheats we used though, but I remember the awesomeness! Thanks for the memories.
I beat Ninja Gaiden 2 with this thing and the game was still stupid difficult. I only needed the infinite lives and weapons codes anyway since the savepoints were nonexistent and you could only use like 4 ninja stars per level.
sf>I used to create codes on the internet for the Gameboy and Game Gear genie devices. Many codes did small things like altering the music, but once in a while I would bump into something special (like skipping levels). There weren't many people online who created codes (especially when it came to Game Boy & Game Gear), so it seemed like a challenge.
I still have my NES Game Genie and recall mostly using for extra lives. I didn't get into changing jump heights and stuff. On the SNES I had the Action Replay as it could learn codes and doubled as an adapter to play NTSC games. I never knew there was such history behind Game Genie.
One of my older cousins was a wizard with Game Genie & Game Shark codes back in the day. Man used to somehow create his own codes and break games in unimaginable ways and keep a handwritten notebook of everything lol so wild. Good times.
This was a good writeup ? I had the Game Genie for Gameboy and loved it. It had a handy little button on it for you to disable/enable the codes mid-game. So if things got janky, you could turn off the codes temporarily and it would often save your butt without having to restart.
Game genie was awesome. I even had one for the PS1 (wasn't a game genie, forget the name) that let you edit things like having Sephiroth in your party in FF7 or Aerith staying alive. Was pretty cool and didn't hurt that it allowed you to play burnt discs either..
Once games, or software in general, become an obsolete product for a company, the tools and source code required to re-create the game are often lost or even actively destroyed and deleted. For instance, with the closure of Atari in Sunnyvale, California in 1996, the original source codes of several milestones of video game history such as Asteroids and Centipede were all thrown out as trash.