Cheating in video games involves a video game player using various methods to create an advantage beyond normal gameplay, usually in order to make the game easier. Cheats may be activated from within the game itself, or created by third-party software or hardware.
Here we will quickly outline these cheating devices and how we will use it to load cheat codes on Visual Boy Advance.
Originally developed by the Fire International Group and distributed by Pelican Accessories, the CodeBreaker first appeared on the Dreamcast relatively late in the console’s lifecycle.
Featuring as you would expect – looking similar to a GBA game cartridge – shown below.
After version six hit the market, Fire International abruptly broke off their partnership with Pelican to develop the newly Mad Catz-acquired GameShark. It was also at this time that the Game Boy Advance Code Breaker was discontinued.
GameShark is the brand name of a line of video game cheat cartridges and other products for a variety of console video game systems and Windows-based computers. Currently, the brand name is owned by Mad Catz, which marketed GameShark products for the Sony PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo game consoles.
Players load cheat codes from GameShark discs or cartridges onto the console’s internal or external memory, so that when the game is loaded, the selected cheats can be applied. These same cheats are the codes we will use on Visual Boy Advance!
Now that we have an overview of the popular cheat devices, we can now make use of these codes within VisualBoyAdvance.
To enable cheats on Visual Boy Advance, firstly load your ROM game and click on the Tools tab > Cheats > Enable Cheats.
To add individual cheat codes on VBA, click on Tools > Cheats > List Cheats. Click on the green banner to add your GameShark, Code Breaker, FlashCart or even generic code.