We've had a lot of 35th Anniversaries this year, including the Mario celebrations and the Zelda... non-celebrations, and this weekend — specifically, the 25th April, 2021 — is the birthday of the Konami Code, perhaps the most famous sequence of buttons in history (not that there's much competition for that title).
For the 35th anniversary of the code (and Gradius, the game it came from), Konami has released a bunch of remixed "lo-fi" Gradius tracks, complete with a sweet little animation of a space pilot playing the game.
The Konami Code came packaged in Gradius upon its release in 1986. Players could press UP UP DOWN DOWN LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT B A and access almost all the powerups in the game. However, many Western players didn't get to know the Konami Code intimately until it popped up in Contra on the NES, in 1987, where inputting the correct series of button-presses would get you 30 extra lives.
Since then, this little trick has been hidden in more than just games — you can find it on websites, in TV shows, song lyrics, and even children's toys.
Sadly, the creator of the code, Kazuhisa Hashimoto, died early last year — but his legacy lives on in a generation of people who can remember the Konami Code better than their own phone numbers.
It would've been neat if when I entered the code on this page something happened, but alas, it may have been too obvious.
Konami code already appeared on Dance Dance Revolution X song since 2008.
30 Lives (Up Up Down Dance Mix) by Motion Sick and the song is still being used on DDR A20+ Arcade.
And the song also appeared on Dance Dance Revolution UNIVERSE 3 XBOX 360.
Saw this code on the shirt of a dude at the gym. He failed his set and had to rest the barbell on the safety rack. Can confirm this code doesn't work at the gym, I think Konami patched it.
I made a Konami Code level in Mario Maker.
My mother turns 55 this year and SHE remembers this code by heart because of the family playing so much Contra in the late 80s/early 90s. She often cites it when describing how you have to jiggle the key to get it to turn right in the front door lock. My mom's awesome!
@FaroreAbhorsen She sounds fab
It’s a song title on the deftones Saturday night wrist album.
I'm just glad Konami remembers Gradius. Absolutely loved that series.
Other companies have also referenced the Konami code.
It was the solution to a block-pushing (or was it a switch-pressing?) puzzle in Tales of Phantasia.
Cosmic Epsilon for the Famicom tells you I AM NOT KONANI if you enter it (but backwards has a cheat effect). The game also had a "NANCO" set of codes.
I recall Kid Klown for the NES (and probably its Famicom Mickey Mouse variant) used it for a secret hard difficulty or something.
I'm sure there's many other games as well.
Can't have too many lo-fi hip-hop/chill tracks. But, jumpscare warning at 32:39 👀
My best memory of the code was when I was at a friends place playing Gradius III on the SNES. When my friends dad was playing, I gave him the SNES version of the code (doing LRLR instead of left/right/left/right). He was ecstatic obviously, so his friend asked for it on his turn. I gave him the NES version while watching his expression. Needless to say, it was priceless as he watched his ship explode, and dropping the controller while totally stunned.... Quickly followed by him chasing me out the door swearing at me.
30 years later I still chuckle whenever that memory pops into my mind.
I’m glad Salamander/Life Force showed up in there, it’s sound track is better than Gradius. But no Contra or Boktai? The code is probably most well known from NES Contra/Probotector. And probably least well known for Boktai. I only say Boktai because not only does it use the code, but it is a personal favorite with a great soundtrack.
In Japan, they call it the Konami Command
Umm... this is so embarrassing , but that was Me back when I was living as a man...
I was trying to PR big time, k code only does so much
I never got back to you- Srys ~~ it was a bass sax btw~ so I figured I could lift anything after that coffin case.
K code IS my phone number
Love ya but... Try to keep the”homework help“ calls down boys
30 extra lives or 30 lives? Yes, pedantic. 😛
I don’t remember when or how I learned the Konami code, but I always thought it was B-A-B-A at the end. Just seems to have better symmetry that way.
@Dr_G_Lemaitre After a day like today, I needed that laugh. Never in my life have I endured so much verbal abuse at work, so coming here and seeing comments from you and the others always brightens my day. Be well.
i was 15 years old and discoverer it on Comtra game was so cool.
It is the only way I can beat Contra.
The k-code is a great way to train. Through the “cheat” one becomes a great player if not losing focus, and learning from the deaths etc. It’s a bit like developing character from the trials of life. What doesn’t kill us may not make us stronger, but it will shape our character plus or minus.. If I lose focus from the dying help me, and I’ll do the same for you.
... srys I can be oblique... more directly to your text:
It’s strange, as we find any redeeming value in such things, yet yours is a sentiment that resonates too well: It really pains me that you were mistreated. Please know your fun comments here also make my day despite some heavy sh.. elsewhere~~~
Since reaching out through the cabling and EM waves doesn’t work, ~~remember that throwing star problem? I’ve been meaning to link someing nice, but irl ties me up... I’m making time for my bestie ninja! Now sit back and pretend we’re hitting a club together ~~ get chills w me
Ninja Gaiden / castlevania sax remix
(Kind of k code related...?)
Monk (recommend last two tracks at 33:00+)
Foo fighters Everlong (go home music)
Related to my last comment to you on that “art style” chibi article ..
I guess, we can all use a ninja sometimes.
I know this isn’t much, but best wishes my dear ninja.
@Dr_G_Lemaitre Thank you for sending all the wonderful music, that definitely helps. This kind of thing comes with the sort of work I do, unfortunately it will sometimes bring out the worst in people and my coworkers and I will be on the receiving end. I'm fine, I'll be fine, but I'll be damned if Friday wasn't the worst work day I've ever faced. Like sticking my face in a hot furnace! LOL. But thank you, if there's ever anything I could do for you, I'm here, too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY7HNzZ5PLM&ab_channel=JeddDillinger (This song is what my dreams and thoughts are made of)
Quite possibly a rare ninja sighting
Per the main topic:
My dear ninja:
YOU ARE THE KONAMI CODE!!
Wow~ I’ve only scratched the surface of shumpland!!~~ 3DS shump doldrums I guess ~ I recall a post on psp/vita. any point for those other than portable emulation a pc could do? Like, Saturn shumps etc.? it’s a pain figuring what is compatible for official download (unless I’m missing something).
The family that got me into games wasn’t Exactly devoted to shumps but I recall ‘tutoring sessions’ on an NES title “Stinger” It was like Salamander-life forcé horizontal/vert mix on twin bee cute em up motif. A Konami title, I think, never tried the code though. With the rock n metal beats and lighter difficulty of the Later snes Shumps he could have been much more into them, and just think how rockin I’d be by now if that happened.
On the music: I love such technical layered pieces akin to classical/“art” music but beyond the symphony too~ it is reminiscent of the activity we have in our minds’ eye as we solve complex problems. The guitar finger hammered sounding bits remind me that final fantasy iii/6 (the famous snes one) had a soundtrack with boss music of that bad penny repeating evil character. Someone did that as a rock ensemble plus synthesizer - but alas that’s not much to go on. The speed/tech without it devolving into ‘only’ high tech/speed like some death metal can be~ very nice...
I was going for some easy going toons, but you don’t need that~ Envy that~ youre just fast or faster~ The ninja’s enemies never even see the flash of your blade
Thanks fun chatting~ quick on the other stuff:~ I’m sure you’re less phased than me lol, but even if it’s everyday bs you are too good at forgetting~ It’s worth writing: you’re dignity is beyond any abuse AND I have a few ideas what position might get such flak and likely no thanks~
so thank you! (which ever it is)
@Dr_G_Lemaitre Thank you!! And yeah, shmups are great, the music from Devil Engine is phenomenal, and the game is great, too. Stinger sounds familiar but I’ve never tried it! I always recommend Ikaruga to people just in case. That’s easily up there as one of the greatest shmups ever made, but it might grind you up a little to learn it’s tough patterns and it’s polarity system.
Hope you’re having a great day!
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