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N64 Passport Plus III Mini-FAQ
By Olly Dean, olly@nekofever.com
This document (c) 2001 Oliver Dean
N64 (c) Nintendo Co Ltd
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UNCHANGED, NOT USED FOR PROFIT, OR USED WITHOUT EMAILED PERMISSION FROM THE 
AUTHOR (olly@nekofever.com). IF YOU ARE FOUND TO BE IN VIOLATION OF THESE 
GUIDELINES LEGAL ACTION WILL BE TAKEN.

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1.1 CONTENTS
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1.1 CONTENTS
  2 WHAT IS THE N64 PASSPORT?
  3 WHERE CAN I GET ONE?
2.1 INSTRUCTIONS
  2 BOOT CODES
  3 ENTERING/SELECTING BOOT CODES
  4 BOOT CARTRIDGES
  5 ACTION REPLAY CODES
  6 TROUBLESHOOTING
3.1 CONTACT ME

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1.2 WHAT IS THE N64 PASSPORT?
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The N64 Passport is a converter cartridge for the Nintendo 64 (N64). It 
allows foreign games to be played on N64s from other regions such as PAL 
games (from Europe, Africa, and Australia) to be played on NTSC machines (US 
and Japan) and vice versa. The Passport Plus III is the latest version of 
the convertor which comes with a built-in Action Replay (GameShark in the 
US) cheat cartridge. Unlike earlier convertors and previous versions of the 
Passport, this version will play every game on the N64 from every region 
with no side-effects such as bordering or 'ghosting' (a second 'ghost' image 
appearing on-screen giving a blurred effect). Also, now that the N64 is 
entering it's twilight years, developers don't seem to bother with 
protections to prevent convertors any more, so you should never have to 
upgrade it. As above, the cart has an Action Replay cheat cartridge 
included, which is a big bonus for the 30 (approximately) price tag.

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1.2 WHERE CAN I GET ONE?
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There are many places to get one, just try your local import shop and if 
that doesn't work just type 'N64 Passport' into any search engine on the 
Internet. Try to order from reputable online dealers, though.

I would recommend buying one on the Internet from Computer Exchange which is 
located in the UK at http://www.cex.co.uk. They are very reliable and the 
Passport only costs 24.99 (approximately $36).

Another good UK-based retailer is CA Games which can be found at 
http://www.cagames.co.uk or telephoned at +44 0141 344 3901. It is 24.99 
here, too.

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2.1 INSTRUCTIONS
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If you've bought the Passport you will no doubt be left very confused by the 
instructions. They've obviously been written by someone with the English 
skills of a 2-year-old. The manual says 'Instruction Menu' on the front for 
christ's sake! The diagram on the back of the box is adequate but if you 
want a diagram done by someone with a decent grasp of English go here:

http://www1.cex.co.uk/images/features/passport_instructions.gif

The basic operations are very easy, though. Here is how to make your 
Passport play imports. For instructions on the built-in Action Replay, look 
for a Gameshark FAQ in the N64 section at GameFAQs.com, but you shouldn't 
need it: it's not difficult and you can basically just use these 
instructions - just use your common sense.

1) Make sure your N64 is turned off otherwise you could have wiped saves, 
damaged components, etc.

2) Insert the Passport as you would a normal game cartridge. It's quite a 
stiff fit, though. To give you an idea of how far in it should be, the III 
on the sticker should barely be visible.

3) Put a boot cartridge in the slot on the back of the Passport face-up. 
This must be of the same region as the N64. e.g. a PAL N64 must have a PAL 
boot cartridge. Make sure to check the section on boot cartridges before 
choosing a game to use as a boot cart.

4) Insert the import game on the top slot with it facing forward.

5) Turn on the N64.

6) Select 'Start Game' and then 'Start Game without Codes'. If the game 
doesn't start you need a boot code. See the section on boot codes for more 
info.

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2.2 BOOT CODES
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Here is an alphabetical list of games that need boot codes, and if the game 
needs one and it isn't built into the Passport the code will be given next 
to the game name. This is not a comprehensive list but if your game isn't 
brand new, and probably if it is new, you should be able to get it to work 
with one of these codes.

1080 Snowboarding (US/JAP)   - 1080 Boot Code
Command and Conquer (US)     - Lamborghini Boot Code
Diddy Kong Racing (US)       - 1080 Boot Code
Hey You, Pikachu (US)        - E93D0054 003F
Mario Party 2 (US)           - Lamborghini Boot Code
Mario Tennis (US)            - Starfox 64 Jap Boot Code
Nascar 99 (US)               - Starfox 64 Jap Boot Code
NBA Courtside (US)           - 1080 Boot Code
NBA Courtside 2 (US)         - Lamborghini Boot Code
Ogre Battle 64 (US)          - E93D0054 003F
Pokemon Snap (US)            - 1080 Boot Code
Rugrats (US)                 - Starfox 64 Jap Boot Code
Sin and Punishment (JAP)     - E93D0054 003F
Super Smash Bros (US)        - 1080 Boot Code
WCW Backstage Assault (US)   - E93D0054 003F
WWF No Mercy (US)            - Lamborghini Boot Code
Yoshi's Story (US/JAP)       - Yoshi's Story Boot Code

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2.3 ENTERING/SELECTING BOOT CODES
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To select a boot code, simply select 'Select Cheat Codes' from the main 
menu, scroll down to the name of the relevant game, press A to select it, 
select or deselect codes so that the only ones on (green) are the boot code 
and any cheat codes you want to use, press B twice, select 'Start Game', 
select 'Start Game with Selected Codes'. Voila! The game has loaded!

To enter a new boot code it is slightly more complicated than entering a 
cheat code. Here is a step-by-step guide:

1) Select 'Select Cheat Code' from the main menu.

2) Select 'New Game'. This will create a new game entry.

3) Enter the game name using the onscreen keyboard. When you've finished, 
press B and select 'Save'.

4) Select 'New Code' and as a code description enter (in capital letters) 
BOOT CODE.

5) Enter the boot code from above. Press B and select 'Save'. That's it! 
You're ready to go!

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2.4 BOOT CARTRIDGES
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Boot cartridges shouldn't have battery back-up as the Passport can erase 
saves and fry the battery. A game doesn't have battery back-up if you 
require a controller pak or password to save.

The following list is a list of common N64 games that don't have battery 
back-up, and are therefore suitable for use as a boot cartridge:

Bomberman 64
Castlevania 64
Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness
Duke Nukem 64
Duke Nukem: Zero Hour
Excitebike 64
Extreme G
Extreme G 2
International Track and Field 2000
ISS 64
ISS 98
ISS 2000
Madden 64
Madden NFL 99
Micro Machines 64 Turbo
Mystical Ninja
NFL Blitz
NFL Quarterback Club 98/99
Quake 2
Rainbow 6
SF Rush 2049
Shadowman
South Park Rally

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2.5 ACTION REPLAY CODES
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I'm not going to list Action Replay codes here as there are thousands on the 
Internet. There are quite a few on the Passport itself, but if you need some 
new ones try these sites (rated out of 5 stars):

Code Junkies (Official Site) ***
http://www.codejunkies.com

Game Software Code Creators Club *****
http://www.cmgsccc.com

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2.6 TROUBLESHOOTING
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I'll post any problems that get emailed to me here together with the answer.

Q: I've put everything together and put it in the N64, turned it on, 
and...nothing. What's wrong?

A: The problem is that the Passport isn't fully into the N64. Push it down 
some more until you feel it go into place. It should go in so that the III 
on the sticker can't be seen.


Q: I've got the right boot code, a boot cartridge, and the import game but 
the picture isn't looking right - there's distortion and sometimes that game 
won't even boot at all. What's going on?

A: The problem is probably your TV. If you are playing NTSC games on a PAL 
console the problem is that your TV isn't modern enough to accept an NTSC 
signal. If your TV is less than 5 years old and from a Japanese company it 
should be alright, but if it still doesn't work it may be your cable. The RF 
cable that comes with a PAL N64 is terrible so pick up either an S-Video 
cable or SCART cable. Check that you TV has the right connections, though. 
S-Video is generally under the panel on the front of the TV and SCART is 
probably at the back.

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3.1 CONTACT ME
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You can email me at olly@nekofever.com. I can guarantee a reply within 24 
hours (unless I'm on vacation or something).