The Game Genie was a near-necessity back in the day. There were some games that were so mind-numbingly, embarassingly, eye-poppingly difficult that the only way to beat them seemed to be with a "super jump," "slow time," "near invincibility," etc. The Game Genie is also great because of the myriad of wacky codes that will make flying koopas spit up hammers, the sound & graphics to warp and distort in various fun ways, and more! The only known downside is that I have heard from several sources that the Game Genie will bend your internal prongs over time and will require the game genie to be a permanant fixture to your NES. I don't know if that has been remedied with the new 72pin connectors or the clone machines, but it's a mild concern for the trade off of INVINCIBILITY!
Reviewed by: Christopher Many from Texas on 7/26/2011