Konami Code

Breaking the Konami Code

Category: Computers


If you have been playing Contra on the Family Computer (or NES) game console during your younger days, you must be familiar with the 30 Lives Code.

Contra konami code

Contra (we used to call it Rambo) is a relatively hard game for a beginner so in order for us to beat the game, we have a cheat that makes our standard 3 lives become 30. The cheat code can be activated by pressing the following sequence of buttons on your game controller at the game’s title screen:


the konami code

That’s officially named as the Konami code. So called because it appeared in many video games done by Japan-based Konami.

It was actually first used in 1986 for the game Gradius which will activate all powerups except for Speed Up, Double, and Laser.

It has since been used for many games; some of which are not produced by Konami and in other game consoles like the Super NES, Nintendo 64, Playstation and Xbox. The most notable games where it can be activated are Castlevania, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dance Dance Revolution, Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, Half-Life 2 and Mortal Kombat 3.

Check out the full list from Wikipedia.

The Konami Code is also not limited to video games as it can be discovered as an easter egg from various web sites.

The most famous one is from Facebok. If you enter the Konami code on Faceboo and press the Enter key, a lens flare effect appears anytime you click, scroll or type anything.

Here’s a screen shot taken using ScreenHunter from my Facbook page:

facebook konami code

If you want to see other Konami Code-powered websites, check out the full list at konamicodesites.

You have to enter the Konami Code though before you can access the site.

Neat eh?

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8 Responses to “Breaking the Konami Code”

  1. Winziph Says:

    namis ko yang console na yan, yan ung inabutan kong console game pati pa nga ung mga street fighter tsaka mario brothers heheh. yan mga kinalakihan ko sa family computer ages ^__^


  2. ianemv Says:

    Sa plurk ko ito na nabubukan. kakatuwa nga eh


    ark Reply:

    Yap, nabasa ko nga ung plurk mo dati at sinubukan ko. Lumilipad ung mga plurks.


  3. Sire Says:

    I thought you were pulling my leg so I headed over to Facebook and tried it out and much to my surprise it worked. That was so cool. Thanks for the post.


    ark Reply:

    You are welcome. Glad you liked it.


  4. CarloBlogg Online 3.0 Says:

    sir ark, totoo ba yang sa FB mu? di nagana sakin HAHA 😀


    ark Reply:

    Of course totoo. Try mo ulit.


  5. aim Says:

    A brilliant article, i’ve bookmarked it so I can look at it once i’m back from work.Thanks for the article again! :)


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