If you’ve never heard of the Konami Code, that’s not much of a surprise. First, let’s make sure we all know who Konami is.
The Konami Corporation is a leading Japanese game developer and publisher of toys, trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines, arcade and video games. Konami is responsible for the following popular game series: Metal Gear, Dance Dance Revolution, Castlevania, Contra, Pro Evolution Soccer, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Silent Hill.
Konami was also responsible for Frogger and Super Cobra, two very popular arcade games released in 1981.
Founded in 1969 as a jukebox rental and repair business in Osaka, Japan, Konami is a conjunction of the names Kagemasa Kozuki (current chairman and president), Yoshinobu Nakama, and Tatsuo Miyasako, partners acquired by Kozuki and the original founders of Konami Industry Co., Ltd in 1973. Konami also means “small waves.”
The Konami Code
The Konami Code is a cheat code originally popular in many Konami games. Although first used in the 1986 release of Gradius for the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Konami Code was made popular among North American players in the NES release of Contra. During the title screen before the game demo begins, Contra players could press the following sequence of buttons on the game controller:
Konami Code: UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A
Successfully entering the Konami Code on the Contra title screen results in the player being granted 30 lives each time they start or continue a game.
The Konami Code Online
The Konami Code is something of a legend in the tech and gaming industry. Many website developers have taken it upon themselves to incorporate it into their sites. We offer you a short list of sites where you can test it out.
- jQuery (although, the video is now disabled)
- Giant Bomb (press enter after Konami Code)
- Front End Design Conference
In some cases, applying the code leads to pages on sites that cannot otherwise be accessed. Other times, the visitor will be offered a simple prize or reward for uncovering the hidden content.
Konami Code “reward” from Paul Irish
You’ll find the Konami Code popping up here and there online so it’s a good bit of trivia to know. Also, the code is a very popular April Fool’s Day gag so keep your eyes peeled for it come next spring.
Ironically, it doesn’t work on Konami’s website!