open_door_policy: Nintendo has a long history of not liking mods.
sanguiniuswept: I loved altering the codes by a single character and seeing Mario in a rectangle of rapidly cycling colored squares, rather than a Tanooki suit.
chucksef: Game Genie (along with C&C Red Alert) made me aware at a very young age that modding games was awesome. Hex codes and ini files ate up a large portion of my 3rd & 4th grade summer days.
Merlyn_LeRoy: Ages ago (1993) I translated how the Game Genie for Sega Genesis codes map onto 68000 assembly codes. Since the 68000 used the same instruction to add 1 up to adding 8 (only the three bits changed), it was easy to modify existing GG codes a bit. For example, there was a GG code to change $1 bills found in Toejam & Earl into $5 bills, but you could use this to figure out the code for $8 bills.
Here’s the C source (email no longer valid)
Inactivated: I read that as Nintendo sued Gallowboob.
himynameisjaked: the springs in my nes stopped working and i couldn’t get the cartridge to stay down to play anything. thankfully i got a game genie which worked without having to press it down. game genie saved my childhood.
JustCaIlMeJohnny: Sega does what Nintendon’t etc…
DoctorExplosion: >The Game Genie attaches to the end of the NES cartridge, causing the cartridge to protrude from the console when fully inserted, making the depression impossible. Therefore, the Game Genie was designed in such a way that it did not need to be depressed in order to start the game. This design put even more stress on the LIF socket than standard game insertion, **bending pins and eventually causing units to be unplayable without the Game Genie present.**
Yeah, sounds like they had a legitimate reason to sue Galoob. NES Game Genies permanently damaged the console through repeated use, rendering them unplayable.
pooshhMao: What I don’t get is how these things managed to be more popular than the Action Replay.
Thopterthallid: I don’t think this is as nasty as Rare bricking Banjo Kazooie cartridges if you used a gameshark with them.
AKA_Wildcard: I had a game genie for my NES back in the day. There was a cheat in Super Mario Brothers where you could give Mario the ability to do super jumps. At the end of the game you could get him to jump over the flag and continue to move to the right which just produced a repeating background. Since Mario could not go left at this point you were basically SOL and had to restart the game. Still fun for a kid to do though.
doggrimoire: Galoob is such a fun word to say.
SanjisDeathKick: Were you just randomly reading wiki pages about Nintendo?
ph30nix01: God I still have a game genie code memorized for one of my fav games
Secret of mana “infinite” exp per kill. (Caused the kill to loop so the game thought u were killing a monster repeatedly. Was nice for getting rare chests, ended badly when it glitches and created an immortal slime)
cockOfGibraltar: If Sega hadn’t released a string of bad consoles they’d probably still have there own
Sabz5150: I believe one of the license agreement stipulations Sega set was that the Game Genie would not allow a battery backed game to save while it was being used.
GreasedLightning: Sega does what Nintendon’t.
Glorthiar: Sega does what Ninten-don’t
Geicosellscrap: These were the best. They made it so you didn’t have to blow in the cart as much.
salsa_rodeo: Does anybody know if the game genie works with the retro duo?
Sir-Coogsalot: Galoob-there’s a word I haven’t heard in a long time
da8588: That galoob log has a really nintendo vibe going on, surprised they didn’t sue over that too.
big_duo3674: I loved my Nintendo game genie. Not only did it let you mod games before that was really even a thing, but I had at least two games that wouldn’t work unless you used it to connect to the system
Bigred2989: That’s because Sega does what Nintendon’t!
Cerinthus: How did their hardware strategies work out for them?
You can’t argue with results.
occamscarvingknife: That was a brilliant move by Sega. If your competition is leaving money on the table you’re a fool not to pick it up. In my opinion, Sega’s decline has more to do with bad timing than bad decision making. I would’ve gladly bought a dreamcast instead of a playstation 2 if Dreamcast played DVDs. Back then, that was a huge commodity.
iamianyouarenot: Glad it was released. Only way to beat Silver Surfer.
Mdot_23: Ironically, a Game Genie is the only way my NES still currently plays any game cartridge. Crazy that the system still works to begin with.
ScarsUnseen: And *that* is why Sega is the powerhouse it is today, while Nintendo’s just a… hold on a minute.
^(correlation does not equal causation)
pork_king: That thumbnail picture is of a Gameboy Genie, not a Game Genie.
Franticfap: The original pay to win
Ventiicedchai: Fuck Nintendo
PigNamedBenis: Nintendo hates people having fun with their products in ways they didn’t approve and sell to them.
Thor-2814: Notice that Nintendo is still making game consoles. Sega isn’t.
gDisasters: Damnnit, gallowboob got sued by Nintendo. Care to give us some insight as to why /u/gallowboob?
iamlibrarianx: What’s Sega?