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The Game Genie 2 was in the works in 1993. The Game Genie 2 was to store codes on the device itself and not require codes to be re-entered each time the system is powered on. It would also have code searching features similar to the [[Pro Action Replay (Genesis)|Pro Action Replay]]. The production of the Game Genie was held off for the 1993 holiday season as the there was not adequate time to market and distribute it nationally across the US. Ultimately the device was cancelled.
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The Game Genie 2 was in the works in 1993. The Game Genie 2 was to store codes on the device itself and not require codes to be re-entered each time the system is powered on. It would also have code searching features similar to the [[Pro Action Replay (Genesis)|Pro Action Replay]]. The code creation method would be different. Instead of using a trainer there were buttons on the cartridge itself that must be pressed at certain times. For example, if the player had 3 lives then a certain button would need to be presed 3 times. After a life is lost another button would be pressed 2 times.[https://www.gamespot.com/articles/game-genie-was-more-than-the-sum-of-its-cheat-codes/1100-6419946/]
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The production of the Game Genie was held off for the 1993 holiday season as the there was not adequate time to market and distribute it nationally across the US. A change in Galoob's upper management lead to the Game Genie 2 being put on permanent hold.
  
 
==Hyperkin version==
 
==Hyperkin version==

Revision as of 21:30, 16 October 2015

The Genesis version.

A runtime Game Enhancer which can modify ROM addresses and was developed by Codemasters. It is the first cheat device to use encryption. In the United States it was distributed by Galoob.

Code Book

Game Genies came packaged with a book full of codes. There were several re-releases of these books that would come with the product which included codes from games released after the systems first launch. It was also possible to purchase a codebook subscription which would get you quarterly codebook updates. These minibooks would include codes for the newest game releases. Some of these codes were also sent to gaming magazines and published in their cheat code pages.

History

The first Game Genie to be released was for the NES. It was met with strong opposition by Nintendo and it was prevented from being distributed in the US as a lawsuit was underway. It was sold openly in Canada and when Nintendo lost the lawsuit it was finally released in the US. It was then released for SNES, Genesis, Gameboy, and Game Gear. The portable versions would have a small opening to insert codebooks which contain the cheat codes.

Game Genie 2

The Game Genie 2 was in the works in 1993. The Game Genie 2 was to store codes on the device itself and not require codes to be re-entered each time the system is powered on. It would also have code searching features similar to the Pro Action Replay. The code creation method would be different. Instead of using a trainer there were buttons on the cartridge itself that must be pressed at certain times. For example, if the player had 3 lives then a certain button would need to be presed 3 times. After a life is lost another button would be pressed 2 times.[1]

The production of the Game Genie was held off for the 1993 holiday season as the there was not adequate time to market and distribute it nationally across the US. A change in Galoob's upper management lead to the Game Genie 2 being put on permanent hold.

Hyperkin version

At CES 2012, a company named Hyperkin announced that they were going to bring back the Game Genie for the DS/DS Lite/DSi/DSi XL/3DS, Wii, PS3, and PSP along with a new device called Save Guru. The PSP and Wii versions were never released, but videos of the Wii version leaked. The DS Game Genie uses codes and the PS3 version edits game saves.

External links

Game Genie
Galoob
Game Boy - Game Gear - NES - Genesis - Super Nintendo - Sega CD (Cancelled)
Hyperkin
DS/DSi/3DS - PSP (Cancelled) - Wii (Cancelled) - PlayStation 3