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The legendary Konami code came about because Gradius was too hard for one of the guys making it. Katsuhisa Hashimoto was on the team of four responsible for the NES port of Gradius, and he recalled adding the code in a 2003 interview just translated by GlitterBerri. "I had one guy under me, and h...

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Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start. It's a powerful string of commands capable of garnering its invoker thirty lives, a gaggle of power-ups or other potent in-game bonuses. However, a technomancer from ProtoDojo.com has figured out a way to give the Konami Code practical appl...

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Some curious Palm Pre owners have discovered a "secret" option on their new phones to unlock "developer mode." This mode, according to Engadget, is used to connect the phone to a computer running the software development kit for the phone's webOS system. That's great, but you might be asking why Joy...

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Remember the short-lived Unicornification of ESPN.com which could be viewed by entering in the Konami Code? Turns out that's not the only site that can be modified by entering in everyone's favorite sequence of keystrokes. Check out the extremely aptly named KonamiCodeSites.com to see a list of pa...

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Update: ESPN got wise, and removed the mysterious Unicornification ability reported below. It was fun while it lasted! You need to stop what you're doing right now, and go to ESPN's Web site, because something magical is going on, and we don't know how long it will last. Once the front page loads,...

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The latest It's-a Mario World put us in the mood for some discussions of retro-style game secrets. Let's go old-school and share some old cheat codes! What are your favorites? And by "favorites" we mean "codes you can recite from memory." And not just the Konami code, either! For some reason, though...

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We make up a pretty high percentage of the "news" you read here on Joystiq, and this is going to sound like a continuation of that proud tradition, we're sure. But we promise you, we're not making this up: The Konami Code totally works in Google Reader. Seriously. Just enter Up, Up, Down, Down, Le...

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Have you kids seen Juno, the latest film from director Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking)? It's a coming-of-age tale about an eccentric 16-year-old managing her unexpected pregnancy, and, in spite of its Dawson's Creek-esque dialogue and unrealistic plot, it's also a pretty good film, in our opin...

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Perhaps to distract Japanese gamers from Contra 4's western origins, Konami has replaced the game's cover with art more fitting to the country's sensibilities. Manga-fied and emasculated, our two heroes are mere shadows of the beefy commandos seen on the North American box, the manliest art we've ...

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Has Contra 4's grueling difficulty kept you from even seeing its second stage? The Konami code, while useful, only upgrades your weapons instead of rewarding you with the extra mans you need to die-n-gun your way past enemies and their scattered shots. During the throes of one of his many deaths, G...

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We don't know what exactly possessed Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start to name themselves after Konami's famous code, but we're sure that it helps people remember their band name. It also helps bloggers looking for any excuse to write about Contra. We expected their music to be mostly...

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If you're one of those completists who felt Best Buy's blue fist closing around your wallet when Ubisoft announced exclusive songs for people who purchased Jam Sessions through the electronics retail giant, allay your fears! It turns out that all you need to do to unlock the three bonus songs is ...

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