How Do I Use an Action Replay on the GameCube Backup Launcher?

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How Do I Use an Action Replay on the GameCube Backup Launcher?
Run backed-up discs on your GameCube. (cd on cd image by Stephen Kirkby from

Action Replay for GameCube allows you to add cheat codes and hacks to your favourite GameCube titles, expanding the lifespan of the older console. If your GameCube has been fitted with a chip so as to run backup games, preserving the discs for your collectable titles, you'll have trouble adding Action Replay hacks to these, as the cartridge won't run by default with backup launchers. You need to access the patched firmware on your chip, which can run the Action Replay disc.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Insert the Action Replay disc into your GameCube with the power turned off. Close the disc tray. Plug a GameCube controller into Port 1 of your console.

  2. 2

    Turn on your GameCube and immediately press "B" on your controller. Hold the button until the menu screen for your patched firmware loads (it will look completely different from the regular GameCube menu screen). If the regular GameCube menu screen loads, turn the console off and on again, pressing "B" just as the console is first starting up.

  3. 3

    Select the game you wish to play from the Action Replay menu then choose the game-enhancing cheats you want to use for that game. Select "OK" and press "Eject" when the message "Swap Discs" flashes onscreen.

  4. 4

    Remove the Action Replay disc and insert an original or backed-up copy of the game you selected. Close the disc tray until it clicks to boot your game with Action Replay cheats activated.

Tips and warnings

  • It's illegal to use a chipped GameCube to launch backups of games you don't own the originals for. Only use your chipped GameCube to run backed-up copies of your own games, or patched copies of imported titles you have purchased legally.

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