Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A

If you're a gamer and haven't heard of this famous button sequence, you likely fall into one of two categories: one, you've got a problem with lying, or two, you've got some sort of amnesia going on… and you might want to get that checked out. Or maybe you're just really good at Contra.

First executed on an NES game (not Contra!) developed by Konami in 1986, the Konami code (and slight variances of it) can now be inputted in more than 125 different computer, video, and arcade games-some of which aren't even developed by Konami, the company that created the code in the first place!

At first the Konami code was strictly used to grant your character something very beneficial, such as weapon power-ups or a boatload of extra lives, but over time, the special button configuration has served other purposes, like providing humorous easter eggs that could only be discovered by inputting the Up-Up-Down-Down at certain times in the game. And it may or may not leave your character in nothing but his underwear. What!? The code has even reached pop culture, appearing in comics, TV shows, music, tattoos and more.

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ThatCanadianGuy3356d ago (Edited 3356d ago )

I think i used that code in one of the Yoshi games,Yoshi's island i think it was.Not sure.That was years ago !

Ahh..brings back memories..

Marceles3356d ago

Oh yeah? Who remembers this code:

Down, R, Up, L, Y, B

Alain Reyes3356d ago

Capcom Street Fighter Code?

DevilsJoker3356d ago

R1 R2 L1 L2 Left, right, up, down, left, right, up, down. Wasnt that like the GTA Cheat at one point. I seem to have it burnt into my head.

farhsa20083356d ago

joker i dont know if that was the correct one but there was one which was: r1 r2 l1 l2 left down right up left down right up

UnSelf3356d ago

r1. r2. l1. l2. square, triangle, cicle, triangle, l2, l1

blow up all cars in San Andreas FTW!!

Daver3355d ago

The only cheat like that i remember is for blood in Mortal kombat on Sega genesis
A, B, A, C, A, B, B.

JaPo3355d ago

R2, R2, L1, R2, L, D, R, U, L, D, R, U.

Weapons code for GTA III. I'm not the cheating type but that baby is ingrained in my memory.

'Embarrassingly' I haven't heard of the one mentioned in this article.

El_Colombiano3355d ago

Does GTA IV have these awesome cheats like blow up all cars?

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farhsa20083356d ago

i dont remember that combination but i will never forget playing mortal kombat with the likes of scorpion and liu kang and sub zero, ahhh the glory days

Sev3356d ago

What? And you call yourself a gamer?


i am 29.

i am very, very ashamed to call myself a gamer now...

i have been playing games on and off since i was about 9 or 8 years old, and i didn't know that code. i never got into the contra games much.

i knew a few cheat codes for other games, but most of them i have forgotten.

please forgive me. :(

heroicjanitor3356d ago

This brings back memories :)

I'm 18 and used that code on one of my snes games when I was 8 or 9 but I can't remember which one I used it on... Crap thanks a lot I'll be asking myself that for ages now >(

I knew absolutely nothing about games at that age so don't start ragging on about having an old games system, I thought it was the best thing ever it was 30 quid apparently and kept me entertained for years, especially Kirby's fun pack, one of the best games ever, I got a playstation at 10 or 11 then ps2 in 2002 or so and the ps3 and wii were the first consoles I ever got at launch, because I knew what they were and when they were coming out.

Anyone else want to share their life story? :)

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BulletToothtony3356d ago

and i will never forget that cheat code for contra but it was super hard to get the timing right..

darkequitus3356d ago (Edited 3356d ago )

35 here!
Genesis Sonic the Hedgehog level select hold A ,Up, Down, Left, Right, start after the ping

can't remember anymore

HighDefinition3356d ago

he loves playing Contra for my NES.

I`m 27.

UnSelf3356d ago

22 here, love that game

locos853356d ago

23 here. that code is burned into my head :)

MaximusPrime3356d ago

im 26.

i remember the cheat for get super sonic straight away. cant remember the codes.

thebudgetgamer3356d ago (Edited 3356d ago )

man i gues we are old gamers


thats THE code every gamer should know

Bonsai12143356d ago (Edited 3356d ago )

20 here, but i've played games since i was a youngin' on my friend's NES.. good ol' konami kode.

or option 3, you're a noob when it comes to console gaming.. :D

Aclay3356d ago

I'm 20 Years Old.

I'm not a big fan of cheat codes, but I do remember this Contra Code though.

The last game I think that I ever used cheat codes in was Twisted Metal Black in 2001/2002 on the PS2 and haven't used codes since. I try to beat a game first before using cheat codes, but Contra was a hard game to me, LOL.

Bubbles to all of the older gamers that responded to Blademask and bubbles to Blademask as well :)

Marceles3356d ago


Down, R, Up, L, Y, B

bviperz3356d ago (Edited 3356d ago )

I am old :(

badz1493356d ago

and someone up there already has a son at my age and his son can already play contra!?

SlyGuy3356d ago (Edited 3356d ago )

LOL i remember that PING for the sonic code!

Sometimes pressing "Up" I would get "Up+right" or "Up+left" with the d-pad though. lol. I still LOVED my genesis gamepad!

nackno3356d ago


my favourite is:
A,A,A,A select, select, select, select, right, right, start. gunsmoke nes
But this code has been used many times

LeonSKennedy4Life3356d ago

I'm 19.

I can't believe there are so many older gamers on this site.

Are TheMart, PowerOfGreen, PP, and the rest under the age of 16?

Sarcasm3356d ago

"Are TheMart, PowerOfGreen, PP, and the rest under the age of 16?"

Probably 12

kesvalk3356d ago

21 here...

i discovered this code on contra for nes with my brother...

ah bring back memories...

gonna buy a t-shirt with this code on it XD

maruchan27six3355d ago

24 on January 8th!
Ever since I knew that code in Contra, I tried to put it into every NES game I ever play hahaha.

specialguest3355d ago

Desperately holding on to the few months I have until I exit my 20s.

Ohh the horror!

Blademask3355d ago

wow.. in good company. Felt Like I was going to be an old man!

Halochampian3355d ago

wow... Every gamer should know the Contra code.

and I feel young: 18.

RebornSpy3355d ago

With all the fanboys on N4G, I assumed that everyone was 13, but it turns out that many of you are older than me. 18 FTW!

bakagaijin783355d ago (Edited 3355d ago )

I'm 30, I'd heard of the konami code but didn't know the button combo (shame on me)

However, I mentioned this article to my husband (who is 33) and he quickly and accurately rattled it off. He's not much of gamer any more, so I was surprised he knew it so well!

BigPappaPump3355d ago (Edited 3355d ago )

35, young as dirt. Been gaming since Pong. Guess you can call me the old school gamer.

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