Action Replay (GameCube)
The GameCube Action Replay was originally announced in North America under the GameShark brand, but the bankruptcy of InterAct's parent company prompted Datel to market the device themselves.
Present at offset 0xA0 of the 2007 variant of the Action Replay disc is a message from Datel, asking Nintendo not to block their product in future Wii system updates.
Please do not exclude us from future revisions of the Wii firmware.............. If you could reinstate our prevoius products it would be a great help........... Many thanks..... Best Regards.... All at Datel....
A later Wii system update blocked Action Replay.
The Japanese release of the 2003 variant lacks a dedicated Freeloader main menu option. It is unknown whether it was moved, removed, or combined with the regular boot option.
Following a series of updates, the 2007 variant is a substantial overhaul:
- Wii compatibility (until Nintendo blocked it).
- Redesigned, more colorful menus.
- The notorious removal of the ability to enter your own codes.
- Integrated SD Media Launcher functionality.