konami code google game
Google is no stranger to hiding Easter eggs in its various products. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, an Easter egg is a feature, often playful in nature, hidden in software for users to find. Often times it adds no real value to user experience, other than possibly providing a smile.
The latest Easter egg comes courtesy of Droid Life and Reddit and can be found in the new Google Play Games app.
It’s most directly associated with the game “Contra” developed and published by Konami in 1987 on video arcade machines. The game was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System a year later in 1988.
Keen-eyed gamers who watched Google’s announcement of its new Stadia game streaming service on Tuesday will surely have noticed a tribute to historic video game lore.
But you can find the Konami code linked to Stadia in more than one way: The physical version of the controller presented in the keynote had the code printed above the headphone jack (as seen in the picture above).
If you go to Stadia’s website, and punch in the Konami code on your keyboard (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a), a model of Stadia’s controller pops up. You can spin the white version of the controller left or right.
In the realm of nerdy Easter Eggs, the Konami Code is a long-time favorite. It shows up in various games and websites, offering a bit of nostalgia each time. Leave it to Google to have a little fun with the Konami Code on Android. Just a few swipes, and you’ve unlocked a secret achievement in the new Google Play Games app.
In the Google Play Games app, simply swipe the following directions: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right. The app will then provide you with a button popup to finish up the code with B, A, Start. For your trouble you get an achievement called “All your game are belong to us.” This is, of course, a reference to the Sega Mega Drive game Zero Wing. Oh Google, two retro gaming references in one Easter Egg? You spoil us.
Some people have a fun spin on the sequence coded into their personal websites.
A SECRET code unlocks tonnes of hidden gems on websites across the internet.