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Pro tip: the longest button code I know

Ikari Warriors is a pretty tough game. You take your shirtless hero up against a heavily armed army in an attempt to kill them all for one reason or another.

It's just about as hard as it sounds.

But if you just can't seem to make good progress in the game, you can put in the longest level-select code that I know about.

First, go to the title screen

wait for the guys to get done with their little dance (or just press Start). Then put in the following on Controller 1:

Up, Down, A, A, B, Left, Right, A, B, Up, A, Down, Right, Right, Left, B, Up, Left, A, Right, B, Left, Right, A, Left, Up, A, Down, A, Right, Left, B, Start

You have to get all that in before the demo starts.

Then you see the familiar plane-landing sequence

Here, press A or B and you'll see the familiar 'Area 1' display come up. Press either A or B to change it and press Start to begin on the area of your choice.

They get harder as the game goes on, so, good luck!

Pro tip: Get all the weaponry in Spy Hunter

Spy hunter is a neat game about a spy car (and sometimes boats) that goes real fast and has to destroy other, evil, cars (or boats) on the road for points, all while looking out for the civilian vehicles.

Occasionally a weaponry truck will come around and give you something awesome to enhance your destructive abilities, like this one carrying the Oil Slick attachment.

But, the trucks come pretty infrequently, wouldn't it be awesome if you could just start with all the weapons from the get-go?

Well, hold on to your hats.

At the title screen, hold down A + B + Select and hit start and bam!

Access to all the weapons that the game has for you, even the anti-aircraft missiles!

Just be warned that you lose them all if you crash, so try to not do that.

Pro tip: Ninja Gaiden's sound test

Ninja Gaiden is a pretty good game that tells the story of ninja-guy Ryu through several cinematic cutscenes with the occasional gameplay section thrown in.

And you'll probably also notice that there are some pretty good sounds/music in the game. But, who wants to actually play the game to hear them all?

Not me.

So I use the game's built-in sound test when I want to hear the songs.

First, go to the title screen

Then while holding hold Down, Left, A, B, and Select, press Start.

Now you can check out all the sounds the game has to offer without actually getting good at it and progressing the storyline.

Though getting good at the game would be OK.

Pro tip: Marvel vs. Capcom secret characters part two

Today, we bring you another installment of the hidden characters in the Marvel vs. Capcom game. If you're tired of Roll, you might want to try your hand at another secret fighter.

Okay, so go to the select screen and highlight Morrigan.

Then, quickly, move the joystick Up, Right, Right, Down, Down, Down, Down, Left, Left, Up, Up, Up, Up, Right, Right, Left, Left, Down, Down, Right, Right, Down, Down, Left, Left, Up, Up, Right, Right, Up, Up, Left, Left, Down, Down, Down, Down, Down. Done right (and fast enough) and your reticle will go off the bottom of the screen and you'll select the mysterious Shadow Lady.

She looks and controls kind of like Chun-Li, but she's a little bit different.

And just to remind you, you have just about 10 seconds to put the code in right, so you better be fast and accurate... or good with whatever player you end up on if you run out of time.

Pro tip: playing as Gargos

If you've played Killer Instinct Gold for any length of time and gotten more than terrible at it, then you've probably run up against the brick wall at the end of the game, Gargos.

"He cheats", you probably think to yourself, "but I'd sure like to play as him, since he's way overpowered".

Well, then go right ahead!

Turn on the game and wait a while for one of the character bios to pop up.

Then hit these buttons on controller 1:

Z, A, R, Z, A, B

Done right, you'll hear Gargos's devilish laugh. Then start up a game and check out who's between Maya and Jago

Pick him and go to town.

He's kind of tough to use, though, so you might want to take him to training mode first.

Pro tip: Make some people fight their doppelgangers

The original Street Fighter 2 (no 'Super', 'Turbo', 'Championship', or whatever) was pretty much the launchpad of the Street Fighter series proper. It was pretty basic, you have your eight characters, each person picks one, and then you fight it out to determine who's the best button-masher.

And, just like in real life, both people couldn't pick the same character to fight in the same battle... even though this was available in the 'Championship Edition' of the game that was making the rounds in the arcades.

But what if, after seeing the Capcom logo fade in and before it fades out, you take controller one and hit Down, R, Up, L, Y, B? Do you hear a funny sound? You do?! Great!

Now, when both people try to pick the same character, they're able to, and whoever picks second gets snazzy new clothes.

Who says fighters can't be fashionable?

Pro tip: Eat some super bombs

Super Metroid is a game full of little complexities and mysteries. For instance, let the game sit on the title screen for a couple minutes and you'll get some hints. Pretty nice of the developers to put that in, I think. The hints are pretty mundane, though, until you see this scene:

It's kind of hard to see what's going on in that picture, but the gist of it is this: Samus is low on energy, curls into a ball, sets off a Super Bomb, then gets cloaked in a mysterious light and begins regenerating health.

How do you actually do it? Great question!

First, you have to grievously injure Samus. Get her health down to below 50 with no reserve tanks. We're talking the direst of straits.

Then select your Super Bombs, making sure you have around 11 of them, and 10 Super Missiles, and 10 Regular Missiles. Highlight your Super bombs, curl into a ball (press Down). Hold L, R, and Down, then also press and hold the Fire button.

Done right, your bounty hunter will be cloaked in a mystical veil where she will somehow consume her weapons and convert them into energies. And, yeah, she'll be low on armaments, but she'll be high on life points, which is a pretty good trade-off, right?

Pro tip: Skate or Die 2, unlimited lives

The story mode in Skate or Die 2 is nigh impossible. But there's another mode you can play to pass some time. It's you with three minutes and three boards (a.k.a. lives) to score as many points as you can.

But, pulling off tricks is pretty tough, and if you fail, you'll probably break your board... or worse, usually in a comically tragic fashion.

And, since it's so easy to fail, you're probably going to have a real hard time making it for the full three minutes the first couple of hundred times you play it.

So, what do you do?

Start a new game, move your guy to the top of the ramp, wait until he scratches his head, press Start, Start, Select. Done right you'll hear this sound.

Once you hear that, you'll have unlimited boards and be able to crash all you want. Though you'll still have that pesky 3 minute timer to deal with. Not a whole lot we can do about that.

Pro tip: Super Mario Bros. - Hold A and press Start to continue

It might not seem like it now since so many of us have played it to death, but the original Super Mario Bros. is a tough game until you have the whole thing memorized, so if you're new to the game you're going to see this a lot:

But all is not lost! Once the title screen pops back up, hold down the A Button and press Start to start back up at the beginning of the world where you bought the farm.

Of course, as you get better, you probably won't need this any more. At least, that's the goal.

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