Before "Call of Duty: Black Ops," before Xbox Kinect, even before the "Grand Theft Auto" series, there were just three simple letters--NES. If you're like me--a child of the '80s--you got hooked on video games by playing the original Nintendo. In terms of pro wrestling, while PlayStation 3 may be John Cena, the original Nintendo was Bruno Sammartino. The system is a classic.
We subscribed to Nintendo Magazine. We blew into our game cartridges when they weren't working properly. And we also entered a crap-load of cheat codes. So let's take a stroll down memory lane, shall we? Check out some of the most memorable cheat codes in original Nintendo history.
"Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!"
Sure, everyone loves kicking Glass Joe and Soda Popinksi's asses, but sometimes you just wanna cut right to the chase and take on Mike Tyson himself. When you're in the mood to go to-to-toe with the big dog, here's what you do:
While in the "code" section, enter: 007 373 5963
To start this intergalactic classic with 255 missiles, which you'll obviously want to do because missiles are awesome, you'll enter this classic password, in all caps:
'Super Mario Bros.'
Who likes to start back at the beginning of a level once you die? No one. In the first ever "Super Mario Bros.", there's a cheat code that allows you to start at the world you just died in--not at the beginning of the game. To do that, you just have to:
Hold A and press "start" at the Game Over screen
"Strider" is the story of a secret organization of futuristic, sword-wielding ninjas. As far as the original NES goes, this game is one of its most badass. It has 12 levels, and these codes allow you to choose which one to start at:
*Level 1 AAIA AAAA AAIA
*Level 2 BCJB BBNB NBAB
*Level 3 CEOC KCOC OCMC
*Level 4 DGPD LDBD BDAD
*Level 5 HLDJ PIGH GHCH
*Level 6 HLDJ DIGH GHGH
*Level 7 HLEJ DIGH GHHH
*Level 8 INHK GJHI HILI
*Level 9 UPIL HKIB IBMJ
*Level 10 CJBE ADBO BONC
*Level 11 BJAP PEAN ANOB
*Level 12 DMCC BGCP CPOD
"Contra" has is arguably the most memorable cheat code in the history of video games. Even though most of these games have been long since forgotten, any adult who grew up playing this gun-happy game has this cheat code tattooed on their brain.
To start with 30 lives:
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, B, A. Start.