GoldenEye 007 (N64) Permanently unlock all levels and characters


We all know that Goldeneye 007 for then N64 has a incredibly fun multiplayer mode. But sadly many of the levels, characters and cheats are locked and you need to unlock these by playing the solo mode. I just got an Everdrive for my N64 to play multiplayer with my friends and I don’t want to play all the solo levels again just to unlock all stuff for the multiplayer mode. There are some ways to go around this, most emulators and the Everdrive have support for the Gameshark, so you can add codes to unlock most stuff. You can also download save files and add these to have everything unlocked.

But I just want a way to have the rom file to have everything unlocked from the start. A romhack for this would be the best but I couldn’t find this. But luckely I found the GoldenEye Setup Editor 3.0 from the site GoldenEye Vault (Edit: GoldenEye Vault has been closed and replaced with N64 Vault), Its a very comprehensive editor for the GoldenEye rom that can alter an hack many things, and yes unlock everything in the game! I just followed the instructions from the FAQ section on the GoldenEye Vault site, that you can check too. But im going to walk you through it here anyways 🙂

Step 1. Download and install the editor

Step 2. Choose Tools > Preferences and look for “Quick Convert ROM” and click the “Choose rom” and find your GoldenEye rom file on your computer.

Step 3. Choose Tools > Game Configuration. This will bring up a big window with a lot of tabs and options.

Step 4. Lets start with unlocking all Multiplayer Levels and Characters. Select the “Multiplayer” TAB look for “All Multi chars Available” and pick that and then press the “Unlock all Multis”


Step 5. Can also be a good idea too unlock all solo levels and cheat modes. Select the “Stage Options” TAB and press the “All Solo Levels Unlocked” and “All Cheats Unlocked” buttons. Thats it, just one more step!


Step 6. Finally press the “Delete Debug Data” and then “Write Rom” that are located at the bottom of the window. Then you can name the rom file and save it to your computer.


I would recommend using an emulator to try this out and see if all things are unlocked. Done!

How to downgrade the Retron5


Im writing this post because there might be someone out there that did the same mistake as i did. I updated the firmware on my Retron5 and crashes suddenly occurred on my favorite games that worked perfectly before.

After searching the net for reasons for this you will find that many people are having many different issues and problems after updating the firmware. The short explanation for this is that after version 2.1 Hyperkin did some huge changes to the firmware which made it worse. Apparently the Retron5 used some code for emulating the systems that weren’t allowed so they had to remove this code replacing it with new code that wasn’t that perfect, and all this started with firmware v2.2.

So the solution to the problems and crashes is simply, go back to firmware version 2.1

So how do you do this? If you did what i did and updated to the very latest firmware which where v2.5 then when i tried to “upgrade” back to v2.1 i just got an error. Luckily there is one way to fix this, and that is to make a factory reset. Restoring the Retron5 to factory settings gives you the opportunity to then update it to what ever version you want.

To do the factory reset I had to follow the instructions on Retron5s page “Retron 5 Factory Reset Instructions”:
(here is a alt link to the instructions of the retron5 site should go down for some reason)

After the reset is done and you start the Retron5 you must give it a firmware update. It asks for you to insert an SD card containing a firmware update and i don’t think i was able to continue without doing a firmware update first. So i simply downloaded v2.1 from Retron5s site:

Then everything was fine again and every game played perfectly. I was surprised how easy and pain free the factory reset was and the firmware update to v.2.1 was simple and fast. I hope all the links above still works if you had the same problem as i did. Good luck!

My favorite romhacks

Romhacks are great! Either a rom hack can change an entire game or just change small things. Add new features or fix broken once. Rom hacks that translates an entire game. Or hacks that creates a whole new games. There are thousands of rom hacks out there and new hacks are added frequently to This is a list of some of my favorite hacks for various systems.

Super Mario Unlimited (Nes)
This is my favorite romhack of the original Smb game. The problem with most Mario hacks with new levels out there is that the hackers have no idea what they are doing. Its like a 6-year old kid is playing with a level editor just mashing the buttons, the maps are horrible and dont have any idea or structure behind them. This is where Super Mario Unlimited excels, the maps are amazing! So well designed from start to finish. Just a solid fun adventure that even made me think that this was better designed than the original game, get it now! 😀 You can read my review of this hack here.

Download: RomHacking / TheIsoZone


Super Mario 3Mix (Nes)
This is truly an amazing romhack. Its a total conversion of the original Smb3 with complete new maps and powerups etc. I can actually say that its better than the original Smb3 game *gasp* yes its that good 😀 This hack has sooo many cool and new features that i don’t even know where to start. All new levels, option to chose a character from start, battery-save! and new power-ups, and much more. And a thing i really liked is that the first World has levels from Smb1, the Second World has levels from Smb2 etc, I just loved that idea of mixing in maps from the previous Mario games to this hack. This is a must-have hack!

Download: Official Site


Streets of Rage 2: Multiple Enemies!! (Megadrive/Genesis)
This hack doubles the amount of enemies on the levels, but they have lower energy so its still balanced. The game is still as hard/easy as it has been but now with even more chaos! And it works really well, so much fun to plow through 7 enemies at once with one powerful attack 😀

Download: RomHacking /IsoZone


Bubble Bobble – The New Quest (Nes)
This hack just adds new levels, that’s it! Bubble Bobble is an amazing game and its perfect as it is but this hack adds new levels that makes the game feel a little different. I don’t understand why they aren’t more level hacks for this game. A hack worth checking out if you want some new levels added to the cave of monsters! 🙂


Super Mario Land Graphics Hack (GameBoy)
This is just a graphics hack for the original Super Mario Land for the Game Boy, but wow this is how that game should have looked. Almost everything is changed, from the menu at the top to the backgrounds and sprites. And i just love that new cute super-deformed Mario sprite! You can read my review of this hack here, with lots of comparison images 🙂


Sonic Classic Heroes (Megadrive/Genesis)
Let me ask you a question, what are the two best Sonic games ever created? Thats right, Sonic 1 and 2! How about mashing these two together creating a massive adventure? Also add the feature to play as Sonic, Tails and Knuckles at once, switching between them on the fly! This hack also adds save-slots and lots of options. And the latest version even lets you play the characters from the Sega 32X Knuckles Chaotix! And all the characters in Sonic Classic Heroes have unique skills. One amazing hack!

Balloon Assault (Nes)
Balloon Fight is one of my favorite games for the Nes but no one has created a hack for it, until now. The hacker “Quick Curly” managed to crack the code and was able to create new levels for this amazing game! Not just new levels, new graphics are added to the different levels and many other tweaks where done. Defiantly worth downloading if you are a fan of Balloon Fight 🙂

Download: RomHacking / IsoZone

Super Mario All Stars NES (Nes)
Just like the idea of having a “All-stars” collection of all the Mario games released on the Nes in one file. Smb 1-3 plus the Japanese version of Smb2 aka “Lost Levels” is included. And apparently there is a save feature added too, very cool!

Download: RomHacking

Super Mario Bros. 2 Christmas Edition (Nes)
A very neat Christmas/winter theme hack for Super Mario Bros 2! So many things have been changed to give the game a Christmas touch. Just fun to explore the levels and see all the changes that has been made 🙂

Download: RomHacking

Board Fight (Nes)
Board Fight is without a doubt the best hack out there for Balloon Fight! The hack started as a collaborative hack from the boards at (hence the name of the hack) where users could contribute to the hack with there own level designs. Quick Curly did an amazing job with this hack implementing all the submitted maps with different sprites, not only does this hack feature new levels it also surpasses the original game with a total of 16 levels instead of the original that only had 12. And the best thing about this hack is that Quick Curly managed to remove those annoying bonus levels that I think really interrupting the normal flow of game-play. This hack is really fun and challenging, so find a friend and try to complete all 16 levels if you can! 🙂

Download: / TheIsoZone


Mario Adventure (Nes)

This is more than just a hack, this is a completely new Mario game for the Nes! This hack is considered to be the best ever made for the Nes! New levels, music, graphics, powerups and a new system on how you navigate around and finish levels. So many new stuff have been added that its impossible to cover them all here! One notable change is the added weather effects that change when you enter a new level or an old level you already have played. I still think – and i know many agree with me – that Super Mario 3Mix (that i mentioned above in this post) is a bit better than Mario adventure. But you really need to play them both! Get this now!



Super Pixel Bros & Super Atario Bros (Nes)
These two hacks are just visual upgrades, or maybe i should say downgrades for the original Super Mario Brothers 🙂 The graphics has been simplified, and now look as an very old console and its just beautiful and super cute!

Download Super Pixel Bros: Romhacking
Download Super Atario Bros: Zophar


Excitebike 7 maps (Famicom Disc System)

Excitebike was one of the first games I played on the Nintendo as a kid, and i loved it! The game was fun, fast and addictive. And we spent hours building our own tracks with the level editor. I even built a fansite for Excitebike, thats how much i loved it 😀 But one thing that I always missed where a 2 player mode.Thanks to emulation we can now play the enhanced version called Vs. Excitebike that later was released for the Japanese FDS comsole, and this version had a 2 player mode!  But there was only 3 tracks to play in this mode. But now thanks to the rom hacker BZK you can now compete with a friend in 7 maps instead of 3!

Download Excitebike 7 maps: Romhacking


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project – Weapon Select (Nes)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project is in my opinion the best Turtles game for the Nes. Its essentially TMNT The Arcade game but with better graphics, ai, levels and every turtle got a personal special move! The special moves is vastly different depending on what turtles you choose. They are all fun but the only way to change the special move is to wait until all your lives are gone and then you can change your character. Until now! This very cool hack makes it possible to change weapons and that also changes the special move and you can do this on the fly by just pressing the select button toggling through all the characters. Very cool!

Download the hack here: Romhacking

Super Mario Ultimate (Nes)
This is a fantastic rom hack of SMB3 that got released out of nowhere by the user Silias on the RomHacking site. And wow this is best hack of SMB3 that I have played yet. Its not as impressive as Super Mario 3mix or Super Mario Adventure that both added many new features. Super Mario Ultimate does not add any new amazing features instead its just an amazing makeover with the best graphic overhaul that I have seen and the level design is just stunning! Every level has a great challenging level design that could have been designed by Nintendo themselves and the developer of this hack have added many smart and interesting new obstacles and puzzles that we never have seen before in a Mario game for the Nes. Super impressive and I really recommend this one!

Download the hack here: Romhacking


Retropie, Tips & Tricks

Jag skrev en guide på hur man på det absolut lättaste sättet installerar Retropie på din Raspberry Pi 2 här: Och i detta inlägget tänkte jag gå in på lite mer avancerade tekniker och tips för att fixa till så Retropie funkar som du vill.

Använd FTP för att snabbt kopiera över roms
Det går att kopiera över roms med endast en USB minne som jag beskrev i min förra guide. Men för att få en bättre kontroll och överblick över alla roms så är det smidigast att logga in på din Raspberry Pi via Ftp. Detta går endast om ni har kopplat er Rp med en nätverkskabel och har ett Ftp program installerat på er dator som är ansluten till samma nätverk. Jag använder programmet Filezilla.

Först måste vi ta reda på Ip adressen till din Rp. Om du har ett tangentbord inkopplat skall det bara vara att trycka på F4 för att få fram terminalen. Men det funkar även bra endast med en Xbox 360 gamepad genom att trycka på Start när du är i Emulationstation och väljer Quit > Quit Emulationstation vilket kommer ta er till termnialen. Där kommer det dyka upp ett par rader med röd text. Leta upp raden som säger “IP Adress” och skriv ner den.

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Starta nu om så ni är inne i Emulationstation igen. Starta din Ftp klient och skriv in följande:

Host: 192.168.x.x
Protocol: välj “SFTP – SSH File Transfer Protocol”
Logon Type: välj “normal”
User: pi
Password: raspberry

Sen skall det bara gå in i RetroPi/roms mappen och kopiera över roms till rätt kataloger. Obs kopierar ni över roms till en emulator och den inte dyker upp så kan de vara i fel format, se till att de har rätt filändelse. Ett vanligt fel är att de är i .zip format vilket oftast inte funkar

Göm oönskade emulatorer från huvudmenyn:
När Retropie har startat så får man se den väldigt snygga Gui:n som kallas Emulationstation. Första gången man installerat Retropie innan man har lagt in några roms så finns det några system som redan ligger där, bland annat IBM, Macintosh osv.. inga system som ni kommer spela på? Då gömmer vi dom! Gå in via Ftp och gå in i Roms mappen. Vill ni gömma “macintosh” från menyn, gå då in i roms/macintosh och radera den filen som ligger där. Det funkar helt enkelt så att om en Roms mapp är tom så syns den inte. eller tvärt om lägger ni in roms i en mapp som är tom så kommer den dyka upp i Emulationstation.

Bios-filer för olika system:
Vissa konsoler kräver bios filer (man kan säga att detta är själva operativsystemet för en konsol) dessa går att ladda ner på diverse sidor på nätet, tex isozone. Men det luriga är vart man skall placera dom. Som tur är finns det en lista här som visar vart alla bios filer skall ligga:
De flesta går att lägga i Bios mappen som ligger bredvid Roms mappen om ni ftp:ar in på er Raspberry Pi. Men den svåraste är Gameboy Advance så jag tänkte beskriva det nu.

Gameboy Advance Bios guide:
Ftp:a in i Retropie och se till att direkt hoppa tillbaka så många kataloger ni kan så ni kan se mappen opt. Gå sedan till opt/ retropie/ emulators/gpsp och kopiera över filen gba_bios.bin som måste ha en storlek som är på exakt 16 384 bytes . Sen är det klart!

Snabbknappar och Options meny i emulatorerna:
Om ni vill ha mer kontroll över en emulator, typ att ni vill ändra om storleken på skärmen. Stänga av filter. Eller byta save-state slots osv så finns det ett sätt som funkar i de mesta emulatorerna. Då jag bara använt en Xbox 360 gamepad med Retropie så utgårvi ifrån den nu. Här är följande snabbkommandon som jag hittat för att komma åt menyn och navigera runt:

Options menu: Select + Y
Accept: B
Cancel/Back: A
Exit Options menu: Select + Y
tryck INTE på Y igen när ni är inne i menyn för då kommer det fram en Search ruta och ni är fast och måste starta om systemet.

Det finns även snabbknappar för att lätt göra en Savestate
SAVE state: Select + Right Button
LOAD state: Select + Left Button
Exit to Emulationstation: Select + Start

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Fullscreen. Större bild och Aspect ratio mm
Det är svårt att få till en exakt fullscreen bild av emulatorn men det finns lite inställningar att testa. När ett spel är startat håll inne Select + Y på Xbox kontrollern för att komma till inställningarna. Gå till Settings > Video Settings – Aspect > Aspect Ratio Index och tryck höger och vänster och testa alla de olika lägerna. Testa även att ändra inställningarna på din tv, vissa har aspect ratio inställningar där och även “zoom” lägen.

En annan sak du kan testa är att ändra upplösningen för emulatorn. Precis när du startar ett spel från Emulationstation så kommer terminalen fram. I ca 3 sekunder så står det en text som förklarar om du trycker X på tangentbordet (ja du måste ha ett tangentbord inkopplat för detta) så kommer du till en meny där du kan ändra mellan en massa olika video inställningar för emulatorn. Kanske kan finnas någon inställning där som passar din tv bättre.

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Analog plus Digital kontroll på Xbox 360 kontrollern
Då de flesta kanske föredrar att spela sina retrospel med det digitala styrkorset så kanske det finns vissa som ändå föredrar den analoga spaken. Xbox 360 gamepaden är ju ändå känd för att ha en väldigt dålig d-pad. Med hjälp av en väldigt lätt inställning så kan man aktivera den analoga spaken PLUS att den digitala funkar samtidigt, detta borde vart aktiverat från början tycker jag. Såhär gör du iaf: När ett spel är startat håll inne Select + Y på Xbox kontrollern för att komma till inställningarna. Gå till Settings > Joypad Mapping > User 1 Analog to digital. Ändra från “None” till “Left Analog” Thats it!

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Retropie, den lättaste installationen!

Att installera Retropie på en Raspberry Pi 2 var inte så svårt som jag trodde. Tvärtom, det var otroligt lätt! Jag var rädd då jag inte har några kunskaper om linux alls, och har aldrig haft en Raspberry Pi. Jag förväntade mig att behöva trixa en massa med skumma kommandon i en terminal men nej, det var inget meck alls. Jag behvöde inte ens koppla in tangentbord och mus!

Jag köpte en Raspberry Pi 2, till detta behövs en HDMI kabel och en micro-usb-till-usb-sladd för att få ström. Jag använde ett MicroSD kort på 2gig (Retropie är ca 1,8gb så jag rekommenderar ett större kort då det knappt får plats några roms på ett 2gb kort) och en Xbox 360 kontroller med usb sladd.. thats it!

Kortfattat så slänger man bara över Retropie på sd kortet, det startar direkt. Men det saknas en massa emulatorer? Vart är Nes, Megadrive, n64 osv? Oroa dig inte, dom finns där i bakgruden. Dom är bara osyndliga för att du inte har några roms. Allt du behöver är ett usb-minne med lite roms så är allt klart sen. Super lätt. Följ instrktionerna här: [OBS Denna guiden är skriven Mars 2015 och jag har använt Retropie 2.6]

1. Ladda ner senaste Retropie
2. Koppla in ditt MicroSD till din pc (med valfri usb adapter) och kör igång programmet Win32DiskImage och skriv över Retropie imagefilen till SD kortet.
3. Koppla in MicroSD kortet i din Retropie och starta Retropie
4. Koppla in din Xbox 360 kontroller när Retropie är igång (eller emulationstation som frontenden heter)
5. När emulationstation/retropie är igång sätt då i ett tomt USB minne, vänta i ca 60 sekunder. Retropie skapar en mapp på usb minnet. (rekommenderar ett usb minne med en ledlampa på som blinkar när nåogot skrivs till eller från den, så vet du när det är klart)
6. Ta ut Usb minnet och koppla sedan in det i datorn. Du kommer se en mapp som heter ROMS på USB minnet
7. Kopiera in valfria roms i katalogerna som du ser i ROMS katalogen. när du är klar ta ut USB minnet från datorn
8. koppla in USB minnet i Rasperry enheten igen, vänta en stund.. kan ta lång tid om du har lagt in många roms.
9. Starta om retropie och nu har det plötsligt dykt upp fler emulatorer, och alla roms ligger nu där!

Thats it! För mer avancerade tips och tricks, kolla in mitt andra Retropie inlägg här.


Kan även meddela att Xbox 360 kontroller, både med tråd och trådlösa funkar direkt utan att behöva göra några inställningar. Bara att koppla in receivern och starta kontrollerna 🙂

How to play Guardian Heroes with an Emulator


I love Guardian Heroes! Actually the only reason I got my Sega Saturn was to play Guardian Heroes! So i have the real game on a real Saturn. But I still would like to play it on my computer, take screenshots, record some gameplay with a capture program or do some fun animated gifs. Turns out that many people are having problems when it comes to playing Guardian Heroes on an emulator. And yes I had these problems too, but after some research and testing I got it running perfectly!

This is what you need:
– The SSF Emulator.
– Slysoft Virtual Clonedrive
– CloneCD
– Guardian Heroes

So the two common problems are:
1. The black screen that freezes the game after the intro movie.
2. Game works fine but the the audio or music is crippled and sounds very strange.

There are two good Sega Saturn emulators.
The first is Yabause, very nice gui! Looks great and have a clean and good options panel to customize your gamepad etc. just love it! It has an option to open an Image file, great! and it seems to be compatible with all different image formats. But after some testing I cant get the sound to work right in Guardian Heroes.. so i had to give up and move on to the next emulator. (btw I was testing 0.9.12 of yabause)

The second emulator i tested was SSF. An Saturn emulator that has very good compability! But the Gui sucks and is very bad coded compared to Yabause. The site and readme is in Japanese. But this is the emulator you will use to get Guardian Heroes to work!
It is said that “Version 007 beta R3” of SSF has better support for Guardian Heroes than the latest version; “SSF 012 beta R3” but I actually got the game running on both versions.

SSF can only start games from a Cd-Rom unit. So if you own the original game you can pop in the Cd and to “Option” and choose your drive from “Cd drive” but if you want to play the game from an image file you have to use some sort of mounting tool. Im using Slysofts Virtual Clone drive. When you have this installed you need to create an image file of Guardian Heroes. This is where the problems started. What image format should i use, Bin/Cue, Img etc? I can say that the program ImgBurn by Lightning Uk wont work! I tried and created both a Bin and a Img file.. i got the black screen problem. No good. Then I noticed that the mounting program Virtual Clone drive have support for the .ccd format! Thats CloneCd, problably the best image creating tool around!

So i created a CloneCd image in .ccd of my Guardian Heroes Cd (clone cd will create two files, a big img file and a ccd file. you need to mount the ccd file to get audio) and mounted that with Virtual Clonedrive and bam! its working with SSF! Perfect sound and music and no black screen!

Here are some settings and things to check if you have any problems:

-In the Options section of SSF be sure to set the Cd Drive to your Virtual Clone drive path, it should be called ELBY CLONEDRIVE.

– Be sure to se the right region of the game. So if you are using a PAL version of Guardian Heroes set it to Europe..

– I got the game running without a Sega Saturn Bios.. but some say it works better if you set a bios on the Options of SSF. So try this if you still are having problems! (you need to download a Saturn bios somewhere)

– SSF 012 beta R3 crashes on startup in Windows 7. To fix this. Rightclick on the SSF.exe and choose properties and go to the Compability tab and choose compability mode Windows Xp Service pack 3.