Jul 31, 2020

Coolest Uses of the Konami Code

The existence of the Konami Code happened by chance. Legend has it that former video game producer Kazuhisa Hashimoto was working on a home-console port of Gradius, but needed help to reach and play-test the later levels. So, he invented a cheat code to enable a full set of power-ups without the need to earn them. The cipher (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A) was dubbed the Konami Code and transformed Kazuhisa Hashimoto into a cult hero. On February 25, 2020, Hashimoto passed away at the age of 61. However, his legacy lives on with every reimagining of the code. And, let me tell you, there are a lot of re-imaginings of the Konami Code. Today, in honor of one of the founding fathers of gaming, we sort through the hundreds of Konami Code variations to bring you the best.


  • While Gradius may be the first appearance of the Konami Code, its inclusion in Contra is what made the code a household name.

    Contra is obnoxiously difficult. So, in order to beat it, you could either get obnoxiously good or cheat. Let’s be real, we all cheated by entering the Konami Code at the game’s title screen to grant us an extra 30 lives! In all honesty, sometimes that isn’t even close to enough to make it to the end.

  • When the super popular skateboard simulator migrated over to the Game Boy Advance, it came with a satisfying use for the Konami Code.

    Entering the code unlocks the popular Marvel web-slinger Spider-Man. Why Spider-Man needs a skateboard when he can literally swing through the sky is anyone’s guess. But, he sure knows how to get some air.

  • As we previously mentioned, the Konami Code was born into this world via the very first Gradius game. So, it’s only reasonable to expect that the game’s sequels would find a way to make use of it. Out of all the sequels, its use in Gradius III is a stroke of genius.

    In the first Gradius, players punch in the code to unlock every power-up. However, try that in Gradius III and you will self-destruct.

  • The popular car-racing soccer mash-up made sure to include the Konami Code in a way that only Rocket League can. No, entering the code won’t grant you an unlimited boost or give you some sort of competitive advantage. That wouldn’t be fair!

    Instead, punching in the code when the Psyonix logo appears upon booting up the game will change the start screen to the one from Rocket League’s predecessor, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars.

  • Cheat codes have been a key part of Grand Theft Auto since the very beginning. Many a gamer has found memories of spawning tanks and other weapons to cause chaos in their GTA of choice.

    In San Andreas, inputting the Konami Code is arguably the most impactful cheat in the game. Using it eliminates the player’s wanted level. As such, players can unleash as much chaos as they want without having to worry about military tanks and police helicopters.

  • Although using the Konami Code in Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance takes some leg work, it’s well worth it.

    First, you need to beat the game. Once you’re done celebrating your heroic victory, you’ll want to reboot the game and enter the code when you see the Konami logo pop up. If done correctly, you’ll unlock the ability to play as the 8-bit version of Simon Belmont from the original Castlevania in the Boss Rush mode.

    Spoiler alert: it makes playing the game much harder.

  • Bioshock Infinite made serious waves with its Inception-esque story, fast-paced gameplay, and stunning visuals. More than that, it uses the Konami Code in a very creative way.

    Bucking the trend of using the code to make their game easier, publisher 2K Games decided to use it to make the game harder. Punching it in at the game’s menu screen unlocks 1999 mode. This mode makes the enemies harder and your health bar smaller for the entire campaign.

  • Assassin’s Creed III isn’t just a fantastic game. It’s a fantastic game packed with tons of Easter eggs.

    The one pertaining to the Konami Code doesn’t make the game easier. Actually, it’s more than a little odd. In order to use the code in-game, you’ll have to first find a turkey. After entering the code while targeting the turkey, watch as a regular, run-of-the-mill turkey transforms into the Turkey Assassin.

  • Ratchet and Clank is near and dear to many PlayStation owners’ hearts. Not only are the games fun to play, but they are also quirky, eccentric, and no stranger to cheat codes.

    Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal includes cheats for a double-bladed laser sword, a Santa Ratchet skin, squat stats, and even a demo for Sly 2: Band of Thieves. However, we’re here to talk about the Konami Code. When the player enters it during any cutscene featuring the character Quark, they get to see him wear a pink tutu.

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