Action Replay

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Picture of Commodore 64 version

The Action Replay is a game enhancer, created by Datel, which has been made for multiple systems. On several systems, the Action Replay was actually re-branded as the GameShark in the US region.

History

Originally a Amiga expansion cartridge was developed. This version allowed for users to monitor all changes on the video game and save it to the Action Replays memory. A button on the Action Replay can be pressed which will bring up a screen giving access to this info which could then be modified. Later versions included a complete disassembler. A knob on the cartridge could also slow down gameplay to give players more time to react.

A version was also created for the Commodore 64 and PC.

Eventually, versions were created for later systems and dropped the disassembler and slow motion features. Instead they focused on cheat codes. The use of cheat codes was improved as button toggle codes became available which will activate codes only when a button or button combination was pressed. Eventually encryption was used in codes to prevent codes from being shared with competing Game Enhancers. This also makes it difficult to modify existing codes but fortunately a program called GCNrd was created which would assist in modifying and creating codes for the GameCube AR.

With the creation of the Nintendo DS Action replay encryption was dropped and a trainer for finding codes was released.

Versions Available

Consoles

Commodore 64

  • Action Replay
  • Action Replay II
  • Action Replay III
  • Action Replay IV (1988)
  • Action Replay VI (1989)

Commodore Amiga

  • Action Replay (A500 cart / A2000 CPU card)
  • Action Replay (A1200 card)
  • Action Replay Mk II (A500 cart / A2000 CPU card)
  • Action Replay Mk III (A500 cart / A2000 CPU card) (1991)

IBM PC

  • Action Replay PC (ISA card) (1994)

Nintendo Entertainment System

  • Pro Action Replay

Sega Master System

  • Pro Action Replay

Sega Mega Drive

  • Action Replay
  • Pro Action Replay
  • Pro Action Replay 2
  • Pro CDX (Action Replay) for the Mega-CD

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

  • Pro Action Replay
  • Pro Action Replay MK2
  • Pro Action Replay MK3

Sega Saturn

  • Pro Action Replay (also available with 4M RAM expansion)

PlayStation

  • Action Replay (1995)
  • Pro Action Replay (1996)
  • Action Replay CDX (1997)

Nintendo 64

  • Pro Action Replay (1999)
  • N64 Equalizer

Dreamcast

  • Action Replay CDX

PlayStation 2

  • Action Replay 2 (2000)
  • Action Replay 2 V2 (2001)
  • Action Replay MAX (2003)

Xbox

  • Action Replay (2002)

Nintendo GameCube

  • Action Replay (2003)
  • Action Replay Max Evo (200X)
  • Action Replay (2006, works on Wii)

Wii

  • Action Replay Powersaves (2007)


Handheld Portables

Game Boy

  • Pro Action Replay
  • Action Replay Online
  • Action Replay Extreme

Sega Game Gear

  • Pro Action Replay

Game Boy Color

  • Pro Action Replay

Game Boy Advance

  • Action Replay (2001)
  • Action Replay Duo (2005)

Nintendo DS

  • Action Replay Duo (2005)
  • Action Replay DS (July 2006)
  • Action Replay Media Edition (available online only)

Playstation portable

  • Action Replay 1GB (October 2008)

External Links

Action Replay
PC
Commodore 64 - Amiga - MS-DOS PC
Consoles
NES - Master System - Super Nintendo - Genesis - PlayStation - Saturn - Nintendo 64 - Dreamcast - PlayStation 2 - Xbox - Gamecube - Wii
Portables
Game Boy - Game Gear - Game Boy Advance - DS - PSP - 3DS