Many people are familiar with The Konami Code. For those that are unfamiliar, please read the Wikipedia entry on it before you read any further.
I’ve been asking multiple people what they think of when the hear the words “Konami Code.” Some people have no idea what I’m talking about. Others immediately rattle off one of a few variations of the code:
- ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A START
- ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A SELECT START
- ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A B A START
- ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A B A SELECT START
Of these four responses you will notice that there are 2 sets of code types; those that use the extra “B A” and those that use “SELECT.” The code itself (that is, #1 and #2) works fine without entering the second “B A.” This leads me to a few conclusions. My first thought is that people are remembering incorrectly and since the other commands are doubled, they are thinking that the “B A” is doubled. My second idea is that people always thought the code actually contained the extra characters and the games were just forgiving by ignoring the extra characters after the original code was successfully entered. The third possibility (and the most likely) is that the code was inconsistent across the NES Konami games.
One last thing to mention: most people that I asked included “SELECT” in their response. This indicates that they were playing in two player mode. I have never included “SELECT” when I recite the code. Therefore, the only logical conclusion that any sane person could come to… is that I clearly had no friends. Game Over.