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The Konami code is a cheat code found in lots of video games beginning with Konami games like Gradius and Contra. It’s also called the “Contra Code”, “Konami Command”, or “30 Lives Code”.

The Konami Code has become one of those social memes that pops up in the strangest of places. For example, HalloweenCostumes.com is rolling out a new site design and there’s an Easter egg on their site as sneak preview. Go to HalloweenCostumes.com, click your mouse in the browser window and enter the Konami Code (Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-b-a-Enter).

It also works in Batman Returns (SNES), DDR (various versions), Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3, Mortal Kombat 3, Quake 4, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and dozens of other games, websites, gadgets, and hacks. The list is long and growing constantly.

Wat is the Konami Code? up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-B-A or sometimes up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, enter. In some games it’s start instead of enter. There are lots of variations.

On the PS2 try Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, X, Circle, Start. When in doubt try using the Konami code backwards: A-B-right-left-right-left-down-down-up-up-enter. On cell phones “573” replaces “BA”.

When you’re in Facebook type:  ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A [enter] and get a a lens flare effect going on. You can't be in a text box when you enter the Konami Code.

Konami Code in Google Docs


Konami Code in Google Reader, Matt Cutts


The Konami Code puts the Palm Pre, Palm Pixi and other Palm webOS devices into developer mode. Palm Pre & Konami Code.

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