Konami Code: Overview, Examples and Best Practices

The well-appreciated and possibly most-remembered “secret” code of all time, The Konami Code, a cheat code that originated on the original NES and has since made its way into many other games.

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Konami Code: Overview, Examples and Best Practices

The Konami Code was first used in the 1986 release of Gradius and when entered correctly would give the player full power-ups but was made famous in North America in the NES version of Contra, for which it was also dubbed the “30 Lives Code”.

Here in this article below, we are going to present you an quick overview followed with some of the best practices for konami code which might help you learn a thing or two.

For those, who don’t know what is Konami Code? And what it can do? Then follow the link below for detail introduction.

Throughout history, great designers always found new ways to show their creativity to express themselves and create new trends and techniques to remark their work apart from the rest of the crowd. As you already know that konami code a cheat code that appears in many konami and non-konami video games But many of you surprised to know that it also used in a creative web design for secret events and actions.

So the question is how can you make it enable in your site too? Here we might can help you by presenting this article followed by a list of working examples.

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What is Konami Code and How to use It?

The Konami Code, known in Japan as the Konami Command, is a cheat code that appears in many Konami video games, although the code also appears in some non-Konami games. The code was first used in the 1986 release of Gradius for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) but was made famous in North America in the NES version of Contra, for which it was also dubbed the “30 Lives Code”.

While pausing the game or during the title screen, the player could press the following sequence of buttons on the game controller : “↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A

The code was subsequently re-used in a large number of other games, and has found a place in popular culture as a reference to the third generation of video game consoles. Now it also used by many web designers to enable special actions or secret pages.

If you go to facebook.com and press the code “↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A” now press “enter” and then click or type, you can see a shining light which is actually called ‘lens-flare’ mode. It’s actually fairly playable.

To Know more about Konami Code please visit following Wikipedia Konami Code entry.

How to Enable Konami Code In Your Site?

If you want to implement the Konami code on your website, just include this JavaScript (written by the jQuery team) into your page code.

if ( window.addEventListener ) {
  var state = 0, konami = [38,38,40,40,37,39,37,39,66,65];
  window.addEventListener("keydown", function(e) {
    if ( e.keyCode == konami[state] ) state++;
    else state = 0;
    if ( state == 10 )
      window.location = "http://example.com";
    }, true);
}

Konami Code: Examples and Best Practices

01. Facebook

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“↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A” + Enter, Then click or type.

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02. Jquery

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03. Digg

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Try it on a page with comments to see the action.

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04. Buysellads

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05. Mint

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06. Netlog

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07. Aim

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First Launce AIM Express, Now log-in and then press “↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A”, Now click on the top-left box.

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08. Plurk

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Try it on any plurk profile page.

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09. Google Reader (Login Required)

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10. Gamespot

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“↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A” + Enter.

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11. Gamepro

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12. Blueworld

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13. Webnotes

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14. Zeno.name

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15. Uncrate

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16. Aq

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17. Logicbox

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18. Leihu

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19. 9ko

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20. Usetrackthis

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21. Bobba

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22. Elliottkember

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23. Nielskiene

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24. Speccedforawesome

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“↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A” + Enter, and Enter, and Enter,…

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25. Satf

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26. Hardware

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27. Lifthill

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28. Cubeecraft

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“↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A”, Then click on download.

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29. Milliondollarcu

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30. Qiwi

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“↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A” + Enter, and Enter, and Enter,…

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31. Ignomania

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32. Appchimp

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33. Voccine

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34. Soundclick

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“↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A” + Enter, and Enter, and Enter,…

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35. Mynameise

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36. Cleard

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37. Teddy-o-ted

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38. Super Chick Sisters

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“↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A” + Enter.

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39. Creativecloseup

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40. Hideou

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41. Erenemre

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“↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A” + Enter.

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42. Batteryinteractive

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43. Absolutebica

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44. Design Militia

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“↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A” + Enter.

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45. Finally, Last but Not the Least

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34 Comments

  1. Cool!

    Is it added to Pro Evolution Soccer?

  2. The code above doesn’t support IE.
    If you’d like one that does, there are a few out there, but if you especially enjoy unicorns: http://paulirish.com/2009/cornify-easter-egg-with-jquery/

  3. This is awesome! How did you find this list of sites that use the Konami Code?

  4. Looks cool , Thanks for sharing

  5. Thanks for featuring my site, Anders! I didn’t know anything about the use of the Konami code in web design until I stumble upon KonamiCodeSites.com :) that’s where designers are encouraged to include it as part of their design and submit their sites to be listed.

    While some may argue that the Konami code adds some unnecessary bulk to a site due to the extra few lines of JS and perhaps, a few more for the modal window (or any other actions, like expansion of comment replies in Digg) – I think it’s an interesting eye candy to have.

  6. That is crazy! Man, there’s a whole other world that is unknown to most of us non-designers and techies. Great post, definitely a refresher and something unique to read.

  7. I can’t beleive it that’s a classic trick for anyone who plays on Snes or N64 I always remember ISS98 where you had to do the code plus stick up and down R and L to get the stars teams.
    Excellent article, I love the Jquery secret page with the video adn the little game. Excellent, but how did you do to find all those pages? did you visit everyone and try the code?

  8. nah! i didnt know that code is also used on website, great!

  9. Crazy – I would never have thought of using a cheat code on a website.

  10. Wow! cool man…

  11. Wow, I have never known this before. Thanks a lot for telling me what’s this Konami code and how it works. Those are fantastic sites!

  12. OLE.

    Great post, really funny and enjoyable. Cheers!

  13. cool and informative, Thanks!

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  15. Very nice designs :)

  16. Nice..themes..!!!!!!!!
    thanks

  17. I was able to do it on my brother’s designer’s site: http://www.pocnetwork.net

  18. OpenEndedAdventure’s got the code.

  19. cool and informative, Thanks!

  20. We’ve done something pretty quirky with the konami code on our site…you’ll need to use it twice to return things to normal :)

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