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There was a code you entered into Contra for NES to get 30 extra lives. You entered it with the controller. What was it?

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-1: Your question does not show research effort. This is a very basic topic in gaming. –  DragonLord Sep 7 '13 at 21:22

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The Konami code:

B A Start

or for 2-player

B A Select Start

(technically, the "Start" and "Select, Start" are not part of the code, but are necessary to start the game)

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Accepted: first one, plus included the select, start info. –  Jaydles Jul 15 '10 at 18:42

The Konami code.

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+1 for imagery. ;) –  Lance May Jul 8 '10 at 1:53
Too bad the image is too wide for this layout. –  Denilson Sá Jan 11 '11 at 17:31

Technically the code is:

  • up up down down left right left right b a

and select changed the mode to two players, and then start started the game, but the "[select] start" is generally referred as part of the code. This code is referred to as "The Konami Code", "The Contra Code", or simply "The Code"

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The code (rendered in HTML) is:


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This adds absolutely nothing that hasn't already been said. –  Nick T Oct 5 '11 at 2:58

Another representation of the code, which is responsible for me knowing it by heart without ever having played Contra: The Gothsicles - Konami Code IV

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Up down up down left right left right B A select start

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The actually code was up up down left right left right A B A B select start and you had to to it at the very beginning before the game actually loaded to the screen to ask how many players

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I played this game in 86' The code was Up, up, down, down, left right left right a b b a. You had to enter it really fast at the beginning of the game.

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This is not the correct code. –  Sterno Mar 11 '14 at 15:29
You might be conflating this with the Ikari Warriors "ABBA" code to come back to life after dying. –  cloudymusic Mar 21 '14 at 6:06

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