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Action Replay CDX

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Fast facts on the Action Replay CDX
Manufacturer: Datel
Made for: Sega Dreamcast
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥? ?
Sega Dreamcast
US
$49.99[1] ?
Sega Dreamcast
US (Lite)
$? ?
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£29.99[2]
Sega Dreamcast
FR
?
Sega Dreamcast
DE
?


The Action Replay CDX is a cheat device for the Sega Dreamcast released by Datel as part of their Action Replay series. There are a few different flavours of the CDX - InterAct had the rights to distribute Datel products in North America and renamed the device the GameShark CDX. In Japan Karat sold the device as the Pro Action Replay or DC PAR.

The Action Replay CDX acts as a boot disc. Users place the disc in a Dreamcast before playing, select cheats and then insert a regular game disc when prompted. It also acts as a freeloader, allowing for games from different regions to be played on the console. Cheats are not saved onto VMUs, but rather a black VMU-like device which is inserted into the Dreamcast controller instead.

One of the original plans was to allow users to get new cheat codes directly from Datel/Interact through this bespoke VMU-like memory card, because this was considered easier than pressing new sets of discs. Inevitably hackers created modified versions of the disc to work with normal VMUs, prompting InterAct to release the GameShark Lite in North America, which has the same functionality but does not need the black memory card. There does not appear to have been an equivalent to the Lite in Europe, although in France a reduced version of the Action Replay CDX was released as the Equalizer Xtreme.

The Action Replay CDX and GameShark CDX came with a tutorial on a VHS tape. The Lite version did not, nor did the Japanese version of the CDX.

Promotional material

GamePro US 140.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
GamePro (US) #140: "May 2000" (2000-xx-xx)

EGM US 132.pdfEGM US 132.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #132: "July 2000" (2000-06-06)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #143: "August 2000" (2000-xx-xx)[3]

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
100 №227, p20[2]
Sega Dreamcast
100
Based on
1 review

Dreamcast, US
GameSharkCDX DC US Box Front.jpg
Cover
GameSharkCDX DC US Disc.jpg
Disc
GameSharkCDX DC US Sleeve Back.jpgGameSharkCDX DC US Sleeve Front.jpg
Jewel Case
GameSharkCDXDC.jpg
Card
GameSharkCDX DC US VHS.jpg
VHS
Dreamcast, US (Lite)
GameSharkLite DC US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Dreamcast, UK

ActionReplayCDX DC UK Sleeve Front.jpg
Jewel Case
ActionReplayCDX DC EU Card.jpg
Card
ActionReplayCDX DC EU VHS.jpg
VHS
Dreamcast, FR
ActionReplayCDX DC FR Box Front.jpg
Cover
ActionReplayCDX DC FR Sleeve Front.jpg
Jewel Case
ActionReplayCDX DC EU Card.jpg
Card
ActionReplayCDX DC EU VHS.jpg
VHS
Dreamcast, FR
(Equalizer Xtreme)
EqualizerXtreme DC FR Box Front.jpg
Cover
Dreamcast, DE
ActionReplayCDX DC German box.jpg
Cover
ActionReplayCDX DC EU Card.jpg
Card
ActionReplayCDX DC EU VHS.jpg
VHS
Dreamcast, JP
DCPAR DC JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
DCPAR DC Card.jpg
Card

References

  1. File:ODCM US 10.pdf, page 43
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:CVG UK 227.pdf, page 20
  3. File:GamePro US 143.pdf, page 146
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