How Do I Input Gameshark Cheats in My Emulator?


Gamers looking for an edge or simply a new experience can turn to cheat devices such as the GameShark to edit and modify their favorite games. If you are playing a classic console or handheld game, you usually must purchase a GameShark hardware device to load these codes. However, some players choose to play games on the PC using a hardware emulator and a ROM file, or cartridge image file. Some emulators support GameShark codes natively, allowing you to enter your cheat codes without needing to purchase the third-party hardware.

  • Verify that your emulator is capable of loading GameShark cheats. You can find this out by consulting help files or checking the developer's website. As a last resort, you can search Google for answers. If your emulator supports GameShark cheats, this information should be readily available.

  • Find the cheat-manager dialog for your emulator. You can usually find this on the "Cheats" or "Options" menu. If you have trouble finding this tool, check your emulator's website for more information.

  • Check and see if you need to enter your game's "master code." This is a special code used with GameShark devices to unlock further cheat codes. You can find the specific code for your game on cheat websites such as Super Cheats or GameFAQs. Some emulators, such as Visual Boy Advance, do not require this code. If you cannot find information about the master code relating to your emulator, assume you do not need it.

  • Enter your cheat code(s) into your emulator's cheat manager tool to activate them. If you have trouble getting them to work, try the master code or consult your emulator's documentation for more information.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are no working GameShark codes for the Super Nintendo console. However, there is a similar device called Game Genie. If you are emulating a Super Nintendo game, try finding Game Genie codes instead.
  • Emulating games that you don't own in the original format is considered software piracy and is illegal.

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