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Top 10 Famous Cheats in Video Games

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Script written by Peter Sotiriou Sometimes, a video game can be that much more memorable when a little harmless cheating is involved. Join as we countdown our picks for the Top 10 Famous Video Game Cheat codes. For this list, we’ve chosen memorable and famous video game cheat codes that helped players conquer the game. We’ve excluded glitches such as Missingno because game developers never meant for them to be there in the first place. Special thanks to our users "Jason Alder" "Rockcroc2000" "Andy Roehl" "Time Signature" "StewyAdamRules" "phevideos" "utube-VvVLuffyM2" & "Dusto22" For suggesting this topic on our website WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 10 Most Famous Cheats in Video Games

Sometimes, a video game can be that much more memorable when a little harmlesscheating is involved. Welcome to Watchmojo, and today we’re counting down the Top 10 Most Famous Cheats in Video Games.

For this list, we’ve chosen memorable and famous video game cheat codes that helped players conquer the game. We’ve excluded glitches such as Missingno because game developers never meant for them to be there in the first place.

#10: Butt Mode
“Shovel Knight” (2014)

This game comes with over 300 cheat codes but the highlight for our list is the butt -literally- of some silly joke: Butt Mode replaces some nouns found in the Shovel Knight with the word “butt”. Entering this code on screen or instead “X&BUTT” in the name entry screen before starting a new game unleashes the hilarious juvenile humor, offering memorable lines such as “Of all heroes, none shone brighter than Butt Butt and Shield Butt". That’s a lot of butt.

#9: Justin Bailey
“Metroid” (1986)

One of the biggest reveals in the earlier generations of video gaming was finding out Samus was actually a woman following the game’s completion. Beating it in under three hours gave the player an ending which saw Samus sport nothing more than a pink leotard. Entering the password “Justin Bailey” allowed the player to take control of Samus in this revealing one-piece swimsuit and all her powerups rather than her Power Suit. The meaning of the name is still up for debate, it’s not a creator’s name, nor is it Australian Slang as some people believe it is. It’s a mystery that may never be solved.

#8: 999,999 Simoleons
“SimCity” (1989) (SNES Version)

What do you need in a city-building simulation video game? Money, and lots of it. This cheat gifts the player with 999,999 Simoleons, the unit of currency used in the game. After putting the game on the fastest setting and spending all of your money, you’ll be prompted to change a few percentages on the tax grid while holding the L and R buttons. Congratulations you may now play as a mayor with undeclared funds, and no one will question you.

#7: DK Mode
“Goldeneye 007” (1997)

While being invisible is one of the cooler cheats in Goldeneye, the first and most popular cheat for this first-person shooter has to be DK Mode. Unlocked by completing the Runway mission on Agent in less than 5 minutes, DK Mode is in reference to developer Rare’s previous work on Donkey Kong Country. Characters have distorted bodies, with massive heads and big, hulking arms – much like Donkey Kong. The cheat makes the game especially fun in multiplayer, although headshots are notably a bit easier to score now…

#6: Big Head Mode
“NBA Jam” Series (1993-2010)

How can you make one of the most enjoyable basketball video game experiences that much more memorable? Why, by adding big heads of course! The NBA Jam series has always offered fast and exciting arcade action with two-on-two gaming, but adding big heads to the character models increased the game’s fun factor. While being on fire and boomshakalaka are NBA Jam staples, Big Head Mode is among the series’ most unforgettable features.

#5: Saberrealisticcombat
“Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast”& “Jedi Academy” (2002/03)

Star Wars games are usually hit or miss in terms of quality, and the Jedi Knight series is one of the hits, with third-person action involving blasters, the Force and of course, lightsabers. To really feel the power of the iconic saber, enter the console and type “g_saberrealisticcombat”. What follows is absolute domination and dismemberment. As the cheat name says, saber combat becomes more “realistic” in terms of how powerful the saber can really be, slicing and dicing opponents at will. Heads will roll!

#4: Tank
“Grand Theft Auto” series (1997-)

In a series that lets the player roam around a city causing as much havoc as possible, it’s only natural to have a cheat that lets you spawn a tank. The code is different for each game, but the results are the same: Rampage through the city blowing stuff up and getting rid of pesky bystanders, collecting wanted stars in the process. The Grand Theft Auto series always knows how to push the boundaries. In this case, the boundaries are being pushed with tank tread.

#3: God Mode
“Doom” series (1993-)

The original invincibility code, God Mode provides the gamer with a sense of heavenly power as your health always remains at 100%. Simply type “i d d q d” and witness as your portrait’s eyes glow an ungodly yellow. While it may take away from the game’s challenge, nothing was more awesome than pulverising enemies at will, never needing any health items and going into every room guns blazing. The inability to lose is perhaps the most honest and pure form of video game cheating.

#2: Blood Code
“Mortal Kombat” (1992) (Genesis version)

The arcade games were known for their intense blood and gruesome fatalities, but when controversy reared its ugly head because of concerned parents and politicians, the game creators took out the blood from the console versions that was present in the arcade version. Sega was a bit sneaky and didn’t take it out completely with their version though: on the Code of Honor screen, press A,B,A,C,A,B,B and enjoy the game as it was meant to be played.

Before we reveal our number one video game cheat code, here’s a look at some of our Honourable Mentions:
Debug Mode
“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” (1992)

Debug Mode
“Disney’s Aladdin” (1993)

All weapons
“Duke Nukem” (1991)
Turn into a Washing Machine
“Banjo Kazooie” (1998)
Super Jump, Invincibility, and Freeze Enemies
“Mega Man 3” (1990)

#1: Konami Code
Various Konami games

There really wasn’t any other choice for most memorable cheat code besides the Konami Code. It’s first appearance was activating all power ups on your ship in Gradius, while its most popular form was giving the player 30 lives instead of 3 in Contra – and making the game playable in the process. The Konami Code has carved its spot in video game history, transcending into non Konami video games, and has also become a pop culture phenomenon, making its way to popular TV shows and movies. Just in case you don’t know what it is – and shame on you for that - Up, up, down, down, left, right, left right, B, A, start.

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