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20 handy SNES cheats and tips for the Nintendo Switch Online library

20 of the best cheats to use on the 20 SNES games now available through Nintendo Switch Online.

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Here are 20 of the best cheats to use on the initial lineup of 20 SNES games available through Nintendo Switch Online.

Old video games can be hard, so there’s no shame in seeking a little help when playing some of the classics of the past. In fact, throughout the 80s and 90s, there was a whole culture around the exchange of cheats and tips to unlock levels, add lives, and open up hidden features.

Nintendo Switch Online’s Suspend Point and Rewind features help make many NES and SNES games easier to complete, but there’s nothing like punching in a 16 digit code or entering a complicated button combo to access a level select option. Happily, SNES cheat codes that worked two decades ago still work today on Switch.

Here are our favourite codes and cheats for the initial library of 20 SNES games available on Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch SNES cheat codes

Brawl Brothers

You can unlock the Japanese version of the game, Rushing Beat, using the following code. Wait until the Jaleco logo appears on the screen then press B, A, X, Y repeatedly. If entered correctly, a strange menu screen will appear. Press Start to progress to the next screen and then press Down three times on the d-pad.

Breath of Fire

You can see a cameo from Street Fighter’s Chun-Lo in Bleak town. Enter the magician kid’s home and talk to him. He will ask you to put 100 GP on the table which he’ll make vanish. When he says “Look behind you,” say “No.” twice, then respond with “Yes.”

Demon’s Crest

Unlock Boss Mode by entering this code on the password screen: RBNL XHGB VGBB LYLD.

F-Zero

There are no codes for F-Zero, but there is one gameplay tip that is a big help. When the race begins, wait for the world “Ready!” to appear on the screen. Wait for the third beep before you hit the accelerator and you’ll receive a helpful speed boost.

Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics

To start a brand new game with maximum money, select the password option from the main menu and enter: RHPM FRRT NSBQ BGDB. This will give you 9,999 stone wheels. It won’t make the game any better, though.

Kirby’s Dream Course

Again, there are no codes to help here, but if you want to change your name without restarting the game, go to the member screen and select the file to edit. Press L, R, and A at the same time to open the Name Entry Screen.

Kirby’s Dream Land 3

In World 3, Stage 2, enter the first door and follow the bunny rabbit to the top. Wait for the bunny to turn its back on you and vanish. Enter the area where it disappeared to discover an extra life and some star pieces.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

If you’re in a tight spot, the Hookshot can provide invulnerability against many enemies. When the Hookshot is extended, attacks will go right through Link and you won’t take damage.

Pilotwings

Use the following codes to open up the game’s levels.

  • Level 2 – 985206
  • Level 3 – 394391
  • Level 4 – 520771
  • Helicopter 1 – 108048
  • Level 5 – 400718
  • Level 6 – 773224
  • Level 7 – 165411
  • Level 8 – 760357
  • Helicopter 2 – 882943

Star Fox

No game-enhancing codes here, but there is something fun to try. On the game’s continue screen, you can play with the on-screen polygons using the following controls:

  • Left and Right – Rotate object horizontally
  • Up and Down – Rotate object vertically
  • L – Zoom in
  • R – Zoom out
  • X – Stop rotation
  • A – Hold to draw and object

Stunt Race FX

When playing the game, hold the L and R buttons at the same time, and press Select to change the display to extra high.

Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force

In the Japanese version of the game you can activity invincibility by pausing the game and pressing: A, B, X, Y, R, L, Up, Down, Left, Right. Unfortunately, this code is not activated in the European and North American version. So for our readers in those regions, this article should be titled 19 handy SNES cheats.

Super Ghouls’n Ghosts

To open up the (much-needed) level select menu, select Exit on the Option screen with controller one. Then hold L, R, and Start on controller two, and press Start on controller one.

Super Mario Kart

Use the following code instantly unlock the Special Cup in Time Trial and 2P Match Races. Select a Time Trial or 2P Match Race. Move left on the d-pad to put the cursor next to the Mushroom Cup, then press: L, R, L, R, L, L, R, R, A.

Super Mario World

There are few cheats for Super Mario World, but if you want some unlimited lives, head to the Top Secret level which can be found via the hidden exit in the Donut Ghost House. Once there, grab Yoshi from the block in the middle, then exit the stage. If you keep entering and leaving the stage you can get a 1-up from the middle block every time.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

For a shortcut to the mini-games, hold down Select and type: X, X, Y, B, A on the level select screen.

Super Metroid

Super Metroid has a selection of different endings to enjoy. To see the easiest ending, just complete the game with more than 10 hours on your save file. To see the second-best ending, complete the game between 3:01-10:00 hours. And to see the best ending, finish the game in under 3 hours.

Super Puyo Puyo 2

Go to the Options menu (the last item on the main menu) and select the Game Mode option. On the next screen wait for 10-15 seconds and a ? will appear followed by a message in Japanese. If you select Exit Game Mode, you will now see a new Custom option. Here you can edit various gamplay options, including Puyo Puyo colours.

Super Soccer

To play as the Nintendo team, select a two-player exhibition game. Player 1 can choose any team. When Player 2 holds down Start and B on any other team it will change to the Nintendo team.

Super Tennis

Use the following code to unlock the secret exhibition tournament:

PC2GKNYB-Q140065C
TLWJPC2-GNYBQ14
6PDJSTK-8XD3HRF
065QJNM-FTW


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How to re-pair a PlayStation 4 controller

Has your PS4 controller stopped talking to your console? Here’s how to re-pair an errant PlayStation 4 controller.

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Has your PS4 controller stopped talking to your console? Here’s how to re-pair an errant PlayStation 4 controller.

There are lots of nice things about the PlayStation 4 controller. They’re all wireless for a start, which means you don’t have to sit cross-legged in front of the telly like in the good old days. They’re also rechargeable, which means you’ll never need to fumble for a battery.

Also, they light up! (That’s not important, particularly, but the first time you see the light bar react to something in-game is pretty neat.)

You can also use your PS4 controller to wake up your console. That’s ideal because the buttons on the front of the console itself are both hidden and completely baffling. Am I pressing the power button? No, I ejected the optical drive! Am I pressing the power button? No, that’s not, in fact, a button at all! It’s just one of the plastic ridges.

But if your PlayStation 4 controller – or DualShock 4, to give it its Sunday name – becomes unpaired, you’re going to have a bad time.

How does a PlayStation 4 controller become unpaired?

You can pair your DualShock 4 with other devices via the universal standard, Bluetooth. (Interestingly, the name – and symbol – for the technology is after Harald Bluetooth and his written rune, because he united the clans of Norway and Denmark, and Bluetooth unites devices.)

But if you do use your PS4 controller with something else – like your mobile phone or your PC – then you might find it doesn’t want to talk to your console any more.

What’s worse is it can happen entirely by accident. If you plug your DualShock 4 into your PC or laptop to charge it up, because it’s a USB port you have to hand, then it might pair up with your PC and not want to talk to your PlayStation 4 any more.

It can also happen if you haven’t used your PS4 in a while. If the battery in the DualShock 4 runs out and isn’t recharged, when it charges back up, it might struggle to talk to your console.

So if you’re all charged up with nowhere to go, here’s how you fix it.

How to re-pair a PlayStation 4 controller

Unlike the Xbox One controller, which couldn’t be more straightforward, re-pairing a PlayStation 4 controller is a bit more fiddly.

  • If you have another controller that is still paired:
    • Turn on your console with the working controller
    • Wait for your un-paired PS4 controller to go to sleep (if the lights are on)
    • Go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth devices from the PlayStation 4 menu
    • Select the controller you’re having issues with and hit ‘Delete’
    • Plug the controller into the USB ports on the console
    • Hit the ‘PS’ button in the middle of the controller to wake it and pair it up
  • If you don’t have another controller you can use:
    • Power off your console
    • Wait for your un-paired PS4 controller to go to sleep (if the lights are on)
    • Grab a paperclip (yes, a paperclip)
    • Use the pointy end to press the recessed ‘reset’ button on the back of the controller
    • Hold the paperclip in there for a while (let’s call it 10 seconds to be safe)
    • Plug the controller into one of the USB ports on the console
    • Hit the ‘PS’ button in the middle of the controller to wake and pair it up

When the controller turns back on it should both power on the console and re-pair it with your PS4. Problem solved.

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How to know if you have a shiny Pokémon in Sword and Shield

Getting a shiny Pokémon in Sword or Shield isn’t easy. If you don’t know what you are looking for, you might not even notice. Here’s how you can tell.

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Getting a shiny Pokémon in Sword or Shield isn’t easy. If you don’t know what you are looking for, you might not even notice if you catch one. Here’s how you can tell.

The chances of getting a shiny Pokémon are fairly slim, with odds of 4096 to 1 of encountering one. And unlike last year’s Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Let’s Go, Eevee!, it isn’t possible to tell if a Pokémon is shiny before you battle it.

Here’s how to know that you are battling a shiny Pokémon, and how to tell if you already have one in your party or box.

How to know when you are battling a shiny Pokémon

When you encounter a shiny, it will be surrounded by sparkles. It looks, well, shiny. Most shinies can be spotted by a change in colour, but if you’re not familiar with the full Pokédex, looking for the sparkles is the simplest method of identification during battle.

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, there are two types of sparkles to look out for: normal, and square. Square shinies are all new and ultra-rare. If you encounter a shiny there’s a 1 in 16 chance it will feature square sparkles. That means a 1 in 65536 chance overall. Eek!

How to know if you (already) have a shiny Pokémon

If you capture a shiny, or want to know if you’ve already obtained one without realising it, press [X] and navigate to the Pokémon menu. Select Pokémon, then Check Summary. You will see a range of details, including its name, type, original trainer, and ID No. A red symbol comprised of two stars is displayed in the Markings section if the Pokémon is shiny.

Shiny Pokémon symbol

There are shiny variants of almost every Pokémon in Sword and Shield. However, some can never be shiny and others are shiny-locked, meaning they cannot be bred.

None of the game’s Legendary Pokémon can be shiny, and all Pokémon obtained via gifts are locked.

Shiny versions of Sword and Shield‘s starters – Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble – can only be obtained through breeding. Unlike previous generations, they cannot be obtained at the start of the game.

Increasing your chances of encountering a shiny during normal play is an art all of its own. Instagram user, shinyinstinct has created this handy cheat sheet to help you get started.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4-b4yvlOKz

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How to re-pair an Xbox One controller

Has your controller stopped talking to your console? Here’s how to re-pair an errant Xbox One controller.

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Has your controller stopped talking to your console? Here’s how to re-pair an errant Xbox One controller.

One of the nice things about modern consoles is wireless controllers. You don’t have to sit three feet from the TV! You don’t have to get off the sofa to turn the console on! We may not have flying cars and hoverboards, but it’s still the future, dammit.

But if your controller gets disconnected from your console, it can be frustrating. For starters, you have to get up and press the button on the front of the console, but it only gets worse when you try to actually play a game.

How does an Xbox One controller become unpaired?

Sometimes, an Xbox One controller will become unpaired from its console purely by accident. Maybe there was just a technical gremlin, or perhaps the battery ran out and the controller hadn’t been turned on in a while. These things happen.

But usually, if your Xbox One controller becomes unpaired, it’s because of something you’ve done.

Sometimes that will be on purpose. Maybe you’ve taken your controller to a friend’s house to play some multiplayer and you paired it to another console. Or maybe you’ve used it to play games on a PC, or paired it with a smartphone.

Or sometimes, it can be entirely by accident. If you have a rechargeable battery pack and you pop a USB cable into your Xbox One controller into a USB port on a PC or laptop to charge, it’ll pair itself up with the computer. Then when you come to hit the button to turn your console on, the controller won’t know which console to talk to, and nothing will happen.

That’s when you’ll need to know how to re-pair an Xbox One controller.

How to re-pair an Xbox One controller

If your Xbox One controller has fallen out with you, for whatever reason, the operation to re-pair it is wonderfully simple.

  • Turn off your Xbox One console
  • Grab a USB cable (that’s Micro USB, not the newer USB-C standard)
  • Plug the big end (the USB-A adapter) into your Xbox One console
  • Plug the small end (the Micro USB adapter) into your Xbox One controller
  • Press the big ‘Xbox’ button in the middle of the controller
  • This will wake up the Xbox One console, and re-pair the Xbox One controller at the same time

That’s it. It’s really simple. Just plug in a USB cable, hit the big button, and let the pairing process work its magic.

(And if you were looking for how to repair an Xbox One controller – that’s repair, as in physically broken, not re-pair, as in pair it up again – then this guide doesn’t cover that. There can be lots of things physically wrong with a controller, far too many for one guide to cover, and if you take it apart you might just make it worse.)

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How to get a Galarian Slowpoke in Pokémon Sword and Shield

The Galarian Slowpoke is now available in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Here’s how to catch it.

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The Galarian Slowpoke is now available in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Here’s how to catch it.

January’s Pokémon Direct revealed details of a two-part expansion pass for Pokémon Sword and Shield. The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra will be released in June and fall, adding two new areas to the Galar region, plus 200 extra Pokémon to discover.

A new update Pokémon Sword and Shield teases the expansion pass by introducing two new trainers, and a Galarian Slowpoke to catch.

To get your hands on the Galarian Slowpoke follow these simple steps.

How to get a Galarian Slowpoke

  1. Head to Wedgehurst train station
  2. Depending on which the version of the game you are playing, you’ll meet one of two new trainers – Klara in Sword or Avery in Shield – in the station lobby
  3. A Galarian Slowpoke will follow them into the station
  4. You can battle and catch the Slowpoke in the usual way. Use a Quick Ball to make swift work of it
  5. You can now add the Galarian Slowpoke to your team

It’s worth noting that the Galarian Slowpoke won’t be added to the Pokédex. We expect this will happen when The Isle of Armor DLC is released in June 2020.

Following the release of the content expansions, the Slowpoke can be evolved into a Galarian Slowbro in The Isle of Armor and a Galarian Slowking in The Crown Tundra.

Pre-purchase of the expansion pass is not required to catch the Galarian Slowpoke. However, if you do pay up front, you get access to a bonus Pikachu or Eevee uniform. Head to the Mystery Gift menu to redeem your new threads.


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What are the Fall Guys system requirements?

Big, daft, inclusive game cements its place as being inclusive (also big, daft) by having very reasonable system requirements.

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Big, daft, inclusive game cements its place as being inclusive (also big, daft) by having very reasonable system requirements.

Fall Guys was one of the highlights of our E3 2020. Hell, it was one of the highlights of most people’s E3 last year. It was an even bigger highlight if you had a golden ticket to Devolver Digital’s trailer park party, and got to experience the game in the soft play area setup Mediatonic had assembled to show off their goofy video game.

We don’t know when Fall Guys will release, yet, though we have a feeling it might be relatively soon. Especially if these tweets from the Fall Guys Twitter account are anything to go by:

We’ve got Fall Guys in our “most anticipated games of 2020” list, incidentally, so we’re pretty sure it will launch this year, too. But if you needed any more of a clue that the game is approaching release, Mediatonic has today updated the game’s system requirements on Steam.

https://twitter.com/FallGuysGame/status/1215296631060549632?s=20

Once a developer starts announcing these sorts of things, it’s a sign the game is fairly far along in the process. They might be polishing and adding content for a while yet, but they’re reasonably sure the core of the game is not going to change by any substantial amount. (Also, if you’re a student of marketing, you’ll notice that the Fall Guys Twitter account has been ramping up its activity recently. That’s also a clue that a release announcement is coming.)

Anyway. Here are the Fall Guys system requirements, extracted from the above tweet and presented in a nice, Google-friendly format.

Minimum Fall Guys system requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64bit only
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7950
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 2 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Gamepad Recommended

That’s it. There are no “recommended” Fall Guys system requirements as yet. But have you seen it? It’s a colourful, low poly bundle of fun. It’s hardly Crysis. The minimum system requirements will probably do just fine.

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