Congratulations! You have purchased the ultimate game enhancer for the
game system. With Game Shark, you can take your gaming to new
levels of fun and excitement. Game Shark
allows you to enable features and
enhancements to your Nintendo 64
games that you never dreamed possible. Find
new levels in your favorite games. Gain infinite lives. Modify the game to
Typed out by Rob Ert
Game Shark is completely menu-driven. You don't need to add codes letter by
letter, number by number, every time you turn your machine on. All you need
to do is highlight the enhancement(s) you want to use and start playing
games like never before!
And in a ground-breaking method of enhancement, you can save codes to the
Game Shark's built-in memory! Enter a code once, and that's the last time
you'll have to punch it in! This is the future of game enhancement, and it's
in your hands!
Instructions for Start-Up
Switch off your Nintendo 64 and plug the Game Shark into the cartridge port.
Make sure the unit is pushed firmly into place and that the Game Shark label
is facing the front of your Nintendo 64 console. Next, push the game
cartridge that you wish to play firmly onto the socket on the top of the
Game Shark. Make sure that the label of the game cartridge is also facing to
the front of your Nintendo 64 console.
Never, under any circumstances should you plug any cartridge or accessory
into the Nintendo 64 console with the power on. Doing so could result in
damage to the Nintendo 64, the Game Shark, or both.
Switch on your console and Game Shark is ready to go. The LED display on the
front of the unit will count down from 5 to 0 indicating that the Game Shark
is ready for use.
Instructions for Use
After the title screen, you will see the Game Shark's Main Menu screen. The
Main Menu is composed of three selections as described below.
The Main Menu
1) Start Game
2) Select Cheat Codes
3) Memory Card Manager
Use the up and down arrows on your controller's digital direction pad to
highlight your selection. Press the "A" button to select. Use the "B" button
to return from the selected screen.
Some games require a special Keycode in order to assure compatibility with
Game Shark. For instructions on Keycodes see the "Using Keycode" section
later in this manual.
1. Start Game
Choosing Start Game takes you to the Start Game Options menu. You will then
be presented with three options:
a.) Start Game With Selected Codes
This option starts the game using any enhancements selected from the Select
Cheat Codes menu.
b.) Start Game Without Codes
This option starts the game without any enhancements. The game will play as
it normally would.
c.) Cancel - Return to Previous Menu
This option takes you to the opening menu.
Use the up and down arrows on your controller's digital direction pad to
highlight one of these options. Press the "A" button to select.
2. Select Cheat Codes
This option takes you to the preloaded list of games and codes currently
stored within the Game Shark's internal memory. Games are listed
alphabetically. Use the up and down keys on your controller's digital
direction pad to highlight the desired game and press the "A" button to
select. The "R" and "L" buttons will "page up" and "page down" through the
game list respectively. The "B" button will return you to the previous menu.
Once you've selected a game, a full list of preloaded cheats will appear on
the screen for the game chosen. Use the up and down arrow keys on your
controller's digital direction pad to highlight each individual cheat.
Pressing the "A" button will toggle the cheats on and off. You can activate
almost any combination of enhancements. NOTE: A maximum of 15 codes may be
enabled at one time. Experimentation will help you determine the best
combinations of codes for each game. Activated cheats will be highlighted in
green. When you are finished selecting the desired cheats for the game you
are about to play, press the "B" button to return to the previous menu, or
the "START" button to go to the Start Game menu. Please see instructions
regarding the Default Box below for more information on setting an
individual cheat's default status to "ON" or "OFF".
Adding New Cheat Codes
As new games are released, you will want to load new cheats for those games
into the Game Shark's memory. These codes could be ones that you have seen in
magazines, acquired from our 900 number, found in the Game Shark newsletter -
Dangerous Waters, or obtained from our World Wide Web page
(www.gameshark.com). InterAct is making sure that you always have the newest
codes for the hottest games available and that these codes are always within
Entering New Games
To enter new codes, simply go to the Select Cheat Codes menu where existing
games and cheats are listed. Highlight the "New Game" selection at the top
of the game list and press the "A" button to select it. This will take you
to the New Game Edit screen. This is the screen where cheats for new games
can be entered. If you select the New Game option, you will be presented
with a text entry box. Use your controller's digital direction pad to
highlight letters from the text entry box to spell the name of the game you
are about to enter cheats for. Use the "A" button to select a letter. When
you have finished entering the name of the new game, press the "B" button
and "save changes" by pressing the "A" button.
Note: "L" is used to "backspace" and "R" is used to insert a blank space.
Using the "r " (C-up) button on your controller will toggle the text entry
box between upper and lower case letters.
New Code Description
By selecting the New Code option at the top of the code list and pressing
the "A" button, you will be taken to the EDIT CODE screen. Here you will be
presented with a new text entry box once you select New Code Description (by
pressing the "A" button while the selection is highlighted). This is where
you will give your new codes description headings. You will probably want to
name your new enhancements something similar to the enhancement that the
code enables. For example, you may want to name a new enhancement "Infinite
Lives". Enter the name as you did when entering the New Game name (as
described above). Press the "B" button when you are finished. Next, press
the down arrow on your controller's digital direction pad to take you to the
blue Code Entry box in the lower left-hand side of the screen.
This is where you will enter the actual cheat code. Each code will include
numbers and letters. Again, use the controller's digital direction pad to
highlight the first line and press the "A" button to bring up the Code Entry
box. Use the controller's digital direction pad to highlight each letter and
number and the "A" button to select each desired entry.
Continue until the entire code is entered. Individual codes can sometimes be
quite long, so a bit of concentration may be required. If you make a mistake
while entering a code, don't panic. You can use the L and R "trigger"
buttons to move forward and back if you need to re-enter a number or letter.
Simply go the letter or number you entered incorrectly, and select the
correct letter or number to replace it. The new letter or number will simply
overwrite the old one.
Note: Some enhancements may require numerous lines of code to be enabled.
After entering the first line, simply use the down arrow on your
controller's digital direction pad to move down to the next blank line and
continue entering the next line of code.
After you have entered the new code for this game, press the "B" button and
confirm that you want to save the changes by pressing the "A" button. This
will return you to the Select Cheat Codes menu. You can now select the game
and cheat code you entered to test them out. Your new code has been saved to
the internal memory of the Game Shark and will remain there until you decide
to delete it. You can add additional codes to any game simply by
highlighting the "New Code" line, pressing the "s " (C-down) button and
going through the entry steps above.
The default status of each enhancement can be toggled on and off by
highlighting the Default Box that appears in the Edit Code menu and pressing
the "A" button. With the Default Box set to ON, that enhancement will always
be active when you select that particular game from the menu. When the
Default Box is set to OFF, you will need to activate the codes each time you
start that particular game. When the Default Box is set to BUTTON, the
enhancement is activated when the small "GS Button" located on the front of
the Game Shark unit itself is pushed.
Memory Card Manager (available on Version 2.0 and higher)
The Memory Card Manager allows you to view the contents of any memory card
up to 1998 blocks in size. Follow the simple on-screen instructions to load,
save and copy between memory cards. In addition, it is possible to copy the
game saves from inside your game cartridge onto memory cards.
Introduction to the Memory Card Manager
At the main menu of the Game Shark
select Memory Card Manager and press "A",
you will now be in the Memory Card Manager.
The Memory Card Manager Screen
Your Game Shark will now present you with two blue boxes. Select either Game
Pak - save files stored on the cartridge, or Controller - save files stored
on the memory card inserted into the controller. At the bottom of the blue
boxes the amount of space in use will be displayed after the "PAGES:"
heading. The amount of space available will be displayed after the "FREE:"
Copying and Deleting Files
Once the save file has been selected (highlighted in bold white text), press
the "A" button to copy the file. The directional arrow beside the word
"COPY" will point in the direction of the destination of that file, if the
instruction reads "A: (- COPY" the file will be copied from the left box
into the right box. To delete a file, select the unwanted file and press the
Z button. At this point a confirmation screen will appear, select either
"YES" or "NO" using your controller's digital direction pad. Finally, press
the "A" button.
Smart Card Port
The Game Shark
has a unique Smart Card reader/writer slot at the rear of the
unit. This slot will support a range of Smart Cards including Ram, Rom and
Flash Rom cards. These cards will offer features including special game
cheats and memory card support. Watch out for these exciting products as
they become available for your Game Shark
in the future.
Full instructions for the use of this expansion port will be included with
the new products.
Game Shark has a built-in LED display. This feature will also be fully
utilized with future products available for the Smart Card Port of your
This feature is used to enable specific codes. If the GS Button is required
for the code it will be noted in the code description, as in "Press GS
Button For 99 Coins." This button may also be utilized with Smart Card
products available soon for Game Shark.
Exiting Back to the Main Menu
To exit the Memory Card Manager and return to the Main Menu, simply press
the "B" button.
Some games will require a Keycode, or specific activation code, in order to
use any enhancements. These Keycodes may be shared by some games, while
other games will require their own specific Keycode. Not all games will
require a Keycode, but you will know that one is required if the game will
not load when the Game Shark is present. Your Game Shark currently contains
Keycodes for any games that require them. As new games are released, any new
Keycodes required will be provided through our website (www.gameshark.com)
or our Technical Support Department. Once you receive the new Keycode from
InterAct, follow the directions listed below to activate it properly.
WARNING: Do not activate any Keycodes unless you have the game available.
Entering a Keycode without the game that requires that keycode will cause
the Game Shark to lock up until that game is inserted.
How to Get Started with Keycodes
Games that require Keycodes are not compatible with the Game Shark until the
corresponding Keycode is activated. For this reason, you will need to insert
another game first to get into the Game Shark menus and activate the correct
Keycode. Choose a game that you know works fine with the Game Shark to
utilize as your Set-Up Cart. Once the Keycode is activated, you will need to
turn off your Nintendo 64 system, remove the Set-Up Cart and insert the new
game requiring the Keycode, then power up again to play.
Adding New Keycodes
With a standard game, or Set-Up Cart inserted, go into the Main Menu and
press both the "L" and "R" buttons simultaneously to get into the Keycode
menu. Push the analog stick of your controller all the way down until a
blank Keycode is displayed, then press the "A" button to select. You can now
enter a new Keycode and comment. This only has to be entered once, and will
be stored in your Game Shark's internal memory for future use. Once the
Keycode has been added, follow the instructions for activating it as
Activating a Keycode
While in the main menu, press both the "L" and "R" buttons simultaneously to
get into the Keycode menu. In this menu, any current Keycodes will be shown,
along with a comment or description. Select a Keycode by pushing the analog
stick on your controller up or down to highlight the code wanted, and then
press "A" to select it. At this point, a warning is displayed to confirm
that you have the game associated with the selected Keycode.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE GAME AVAILABLE, DO NOT PRESS THE "A" BUTTON TO SELECT
IT. IF YOU DO SELECT THE KEYCODE, THE NEXT TIME YOU POWER UP THE GAME SHARK,
THAT SPECIFIC GAME MUST BE PRESENT. BE WARNED - IF THE GAME IS NOT PRESENT,
GAME SHARK WILL LOCK-UP UNTIL THE SPECIFIC GAME REQUIRING THAT KEYCODE IS
If you have the game, and are prepared to activate the Keycode, follow the
on-screen instructions and then turn your Nintendo 64
system off. If you do
not have the game, press any button on your controller to deactivate this
Starting the Game with Keycode Activated
Once you have activated the Keycode and turned the system off, remove the
set-up cart and insert the game for which the Keycode was activated for.
Next, power up and use the Game Shark with enhancements, as usual. You can
add new enhancements for the game, activate them and deactivate them as
Please note that the Keycode system is a "one-shot" operation. This means
that after you have finished playing a game requiring a Keycode and then
switched off your system, it will return to the factory default settings.
You will have to repeat the Keycode activation procedures described above
every time you use one of these games requiring a Keycode. It is best to use
a game cartridge which you know works with Game Shark's factory settings as a
standard Set-Up Cart.
Getting New Codes
There are four ways you can get new codes for your Game Shark. One way is
join Dangerous Waters, the exclusive members-only newsletter that is chock
full of codes, news and feature stories. Full details on joining are on the
membership card enclosed. You may also visit our Surfing with the Sharks
website at www.gameshark.com. For those of you with limited internet access,
we also provide a "900" number dedicated to Game Shark
codes. The number for
the Game Shark Hotline is 1-900-773-SHARK (7527). The call costs $1.29 per
minute, and you must be 18 years old or have your parent's permission to
Finally, check your favorite Video Game Magazines for official Game Shark
codes. Each month, new Game Shark codes will be published in various gaming
magazines. As you can see, there will never be a shortage of codes for
Note: Unofficial and unauthorized codes can cause your Game Shark to lock-up
and require reprogramming. Only use InterAct's fully-tested and approved
codes to assure compatibility.
If you are having problems with your Game Shark, make sure the cartridge is
plugged in properly. If you are having problems with codes, make sure you
have entered the code or codes properly. If you are still having problems,
you can call our Technical Support department at (410) 238-1426. Please DO
NOT call this number for codes, as they are not available through Tech