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The Konami Code lives on as a hidden Easter egg in the new Play Games

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start -- old school and hardcore gamers will recognize this code as the "Konami Code" or the "Contra Code," as noted by Ron Amadeo and demoed (after the break) by Renaud Lepage. This sequence of buttons dates all the way back to the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), most popularly know for its power to bestow 30 lives to players of the game Contra, and has been in multiple games since.

The developers of the new Google Play Games have decided to pay homage to these games of old, by adding a special achievement for anyone who puts this O.G. (original gamer) code to use. While it's not as good as 30 lives, an achievement is an ​achievement. Check out the video after the break for the code in action.

If you missed the Google Play Games announcement, now would be the perfect time to watch yesterday's event.


Reader comments

Get 30 extra lives in Google Play Games (or at least an achivement)


Best Konami game ever Contra!!!

Best code ever in a game!!

Up, up, down, down, left, right, left ,right, B, A, select, start!!! Epic!!!

Finally, someone who remembers it's "SELECT"-start.
It amazes me how that is always overlooked when talking about the konami code.

Is this achievement connected to a "game"? Is it even a real achievement or do you think it's just a neat little popup?

I wonder how many actually know the start of the code? Hint: It was a developer tool for the game Gradius. Ok, guess that isn't really a hint, but more of the full details. But, yeah, it was used by Gradius game designer to easily test the game and then just left in. Of course after that, Konami used it for many, many other games. Contra was just more popular.

To public, no way of locking your account so it's only viewable by invited individuals. I wouldn't mind so much if a pseudonym was acceptable as a user name.