Pro Tip of the Day - genesis en Pro tip: Seeing the ending of Mr. Nutz any time you want <p>Let's just get this out of the way right up front: Yes, there is a game called Mr. Nutz. It stars a squirrel.</p> <p>It's kind of long and kind of hard (*snicker*), and you get passwords to kind of help you along.</p> <p>But what if you went to the Password screen, and instead of entering the password you had, you entered "VITAMI"?</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Well, then you'd be taken directly to the ending sequence!</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Which, like a lot of the games of the time, isn't all that special.</p> <p>But don't worry about that.</p> genesis mr nutz passwords pro tip Fri, 03 Sep 2010 11:51:17 +0000 Will 514 at Pro tip: Starting on whatever level you want in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist <p>The Genesis Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game is a whole lot like Turtles in Time, which means you should know pretty much what to expect.</p> <p>And if you want to skip around to see what the game has to offer without actually working for it, we can arrange that.</p> <p>First, go to the title screen</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Grab Controller 1 and hit:</p> <blockquote><p>A, B ,B ,C ,C ,C ,B ,A , Start</p></blockquote> <p>Done right, you'll be taken to a black screen where you can select your starting point</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Which means you can start at the end and finish the game in less than 5 minutes.</p> <p>You know, if you're into that kind of thing.</p> button codes genesis pro tip tmnt hyperstone heist Tue, 03 Aug 2010 12:00:18 +0000 Will 491 at Pro tip: More extra lives in Zool: Ninja of the "Nth" Dimension <p>Since I didn't have much access to the Genesis library in its heyday, I missed out on a lot of games, like Zool. So now, when I <em>do</em> get a chance to play them, I make sure that I tip the scales to my favor any chance I get.</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>So, in Zool, I pause the game, and hold in the Start button. Then press Down, Up, Left, Left, A, Right, Down (which kind of spells out the word 'Dullard'). The screen will light up halfway through the code, like it's been un-paused, but it won't be. Finish out the code an you get a bonus life! And, you can do this as many times as you want to stock up!</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Easy!</p> button codes genesis pro tip zool Fri, 30 Jul 2010 12:10:05 +0000 Will 489 at Pro tip: Starting on whatever level you want in Sonic the Hedgehog <p>The original Sonic the Hedgehog game, like pretty much all the games in the series, starts out pretty easy and then ramps up the difficulty to a ridiculous level pretty quickly. So it might be nice if you could practice those advanced stages, right?</p> <p>Well, then good news!</p> <p>If you go to the title screen</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>And press Up, Down, Left, Right on Controller 1, you'll hear a sound like you've collected a Ring. Then hold down the A button and press Start. Done right, you'll be presented with a Stage Select screen!</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Letting you start pretty much anywhere you want. </p> <p>Just be aware that if you start at the last stage and finish it, you won't see the true ending. You need to play through enough of the game to collect the Chaos Emeralds for that.</p> button codes genesis pro tip sonic the hedgehog Fri, 23 Jul 2010 11:58:10 +0000 Will 484 at Pro tip: Doing... Something in Vectorman <p>Vectorman came out late enough in the lifecycle of the Genesis that I had pretty well moved on to other things, so I didn't get to play it very much outside of the demo machines in the store, which means that I didn't get very much playtime with it.</p> <p>Which is why when I <em>do</em> decide to play it, after I start getting frustrated at it I pause the game</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>And then on Controller 1 press: C, A, Left, Left, A, C, A, B. Which kind of spells "CALL A CAB". And when I un-pause the game</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Vectorman turns into what looks like a giant Mouse Pointer! He can now go anywhere and when he crosses paths with minor enemies, they explode!</p> <p>But, when I got to the boss of the area, I had to fight him the old-fashioned way</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>So there's still some skill involved here.</p> button codes genesis pro tip vectorman Thu, 01 Jul 2010 11:54:33 +0000 Will 468 at Pro tip: Accessing Level 0 in Toejam & Earl <p>The first level of Toejam &amp; Earl seems pretty straightforward, right? Just a small island in the middle of an endless sea to get you introduced to the game, right?</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>But, say you progress far enough into the game that you get something that lets you travel across the surface of the water, like Icarus Wings</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Then you could brave the endless expanse of water and travel Southwest until you make landfall</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>The island has a couple of presents on it, which is nice, but it also has a hole in it. So you obviously want to jump in</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>And when you do, you're greeted with a tiny island with a Lemonade Stand, a Hot Tub, and a Hula Dancer</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>For a nice, relaxing time, and a health refill.</p> <p>And as a bonus, once you're done here, when you jump off the island you're transported back to the highest level you got to on your adventure. Extra bonus!</p> easter eggs genesis pro tip toejam & earl Wed, 30 Jun 2010 11:55:41 +0000 Will 467 at Pro tip: starting on whatever level you want in Flicky <p>Flicky is a pretty cute game with a simple premise: you lead baby birds away from cats.</p> <p>But what if you want to play <em>and</em> start on a level other than the first one? Well, you'd be in luck.</p> <p>If you start the game, and when the screen full of instructions pops up</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Hold Up on the Cross Pad + A Button + C Button, and while holding all of those press Start.</p> <p>Done right, a screen with the phrase "ROUND 1" will appear</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Which you can manipulate to say any number up to "ROUND 36"</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Where Flicky gets tricky.</p> <p>Good luck!</p> button codes flicky genesis pro tip Mon, 14 Jun 2010 11:44:15 +0000 Will 455 at Pro tip: A Hidden Song in Castlevania: Bloodlines <p>In several of the Castlevania games you'll find that the developers threw in remixed versions of some songs from prior titles, which is fine, lots of those songs were pretty good.</p> <p>But occasionally they're a little harder to find than others. Like in Castlevania: Bloodlines.</p> <p>You have to first go to the Options Screen</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>And play Song #5 and Sound Effect #073 (and leave those two selected as you exit the screen)</p> <p>Then, start the game and progress until you get the "4th powerup" for your guy (an orb for John and a book for Eric)</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Once you do, you'll be greeted with a song from a classic Castlevania game! But probably not the one you're thinking of. The song that's played is from the opening stage of Castlevania III, titled, shockingly, "Beginning". </p> <p>Don't have a Genesis and a copy of this game handy? You're in luck! The remix can be downloaded <a href="">here</a></p> castlevania: bloodlines easter eggs genesis pro tip Fri, 16 Apr 2010 12:30:00 +0000 Will 414 at Pro tip: Typo Watch: Beast Wrestler <p>I'm pretty sure you all know about the 'All Your Base' thing. It's old and played out at this point, so I'm really not going to get too far into it here.</p> <p>So I'd like to draw your attention to another game that I might not have the chops to become the next 'All Your Base', but is still loaded with weird typos and mistranslations:</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Beast Wrestler is a game about big ol' monsters that you have to make wrestle each other in some kind of bizarro wrestling match. The hook, I guess, is that at certain points you can take monsters that you've defeated and combine them with your current monster to make one that is possibly stronger than before. In fact, the game can explain it better than I can:</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Which seems pretty straightforward... until your monster sustains heavy damage, that is</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Then you're taken to my favorite typo in the whole game</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>A screen where they have misspelled the word 'two'. </p> <p>I still crack a grin every time.</p> beast wrestler genesis pro tip typo watch Wed, 03 Mar 2010 13:02:54 +0000 Will 382 at Pro tip: lengthy invincibility in James Pond 2: Codename Robocod <p>Toward the beginning of James Pond 2, you'll find a group of collectibles laid out as such:</p> <div align="center"><img src="" /></div> <p>Not too exciting, right?</p> <p>But!</p> <p>If you collect them in this order:</p> <p><b>C</b>ake<br /> <b>H</b>ammer<br /> <b>E</b>arth<br /> <b>A</b>pple<br /> <b>T</b>ap (at least, I'm pretty sure it's a Tap... like a spigot)</p> <p>(the first letters of which conveniently spells out the word 'CHEAT'), you become invincible... for several minutes, in fact. I was able to clear out two whole areas and part of a third before it wore off. Just don't get too complacent, it will wear off without much of a warning.</p> easter eggs genesis james pond 2 pro tip Thu, 11 Feb 2010 13:11:57 +0000 Will 368 at