The Konami Code (Japanese: コナミコマンド, Konami komando, "Konamicommand") is a cheat code that appears in many Konami video games,[1]although the code also appears in some non-Konami games.[2]

During the title screen before the game demo begins, the player could press the following sequence of buttons on the game controller to enable the cheat:


The code has also found a place in popular culture as a reference to the third generation of video game consoles.[3] The code is also present as an Easter eggon a number of websites.[4][5][6][7]

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  • History
  • Variations
  • See also
  • References
  • External links

History Edit

The code was first used in the 1986 release of Gradius for the NES[8] but was popularized among North American players in the NES version of Contra, for which it was also dubbed both the "Contra Code" and "30 Lives Code", because of its nearly necessary use in the game.

The Konami Code was created by Kazuhisa Hashimoto, who was developing the home port of the 1985 arcade game Gradius, a scrolling shooter released on the NES in 1986. Finding the game too difficult to play through during testing, he created a cheat code to give the player a full set of power-ups (normally attained gradually throughout the game).[2] The code was still present in the released Gradius after Hashimoto forgot to remove it.[citation needed] Players discovered and shared the code.[how?]

The Konami Code was thus included in the series' other sequels and spin-offs, with some key differences:

  • In the Super NES version of Gradius III, the original code destroys the player's ship. However, replacing  and  with the L and R triggers of the SNES controller powers up the ship.
  • In the most recent iteration of the series—Gradius Rebirth on the Wii—the Wii Remote's 1 and 2 buttons fill in for A and B, respectively.

The code has been subsequently re-used in a large number of other games and is now used in the Opera Browser to activate hidden advanced settings.

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