There once was a 2D space shooter called Gradius that was so damned difficult it utterly mocked the concept of fun. Kazuhisa Hashimoto discovered this fact while working on an NES port of the arcade, and since he was basically god of an electronic world he came up with a easy to remember input sequence that maxed out your ship's power-ups so he wouldn't keep dying. Then like the real God did with nipples on men, he forgot to take it out for the release.
Since the sequence has achieved a pop culture life of its own, and if you're just wandering around the world you'll find it like clues left behind in a Dan Brown novel. Here's our top 10.
10. University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project: Inputting the sequence on the home page (using Enter for Start) brings up a picture of a walrus named Leroy. I have no idea what this means or how it relates to solar cars, but a little Internet snooping has found Leroy spray painted in other places as well.
9. Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: If you enter the code at any point while browsing comics you'll be treated to a picture of a man in his underwear playing Gradius... and you can't click out of it. You just have to refresh the window or leave in shame.
8. Gradius III: Konami itself has had some fun with the code. Lots of their games still feature power-ups and other goodies for entering it, but not SNES's Gradius III. Nope, using the code makes your ship explode, because Konami likes to watch you suffer.
7. Team Fortress Wiki: You can try and hack the wiki for the popular Team Fortress games with the code, but even though the Spy tries to help you destroy the whole thing he's taken out before any damage is done in a cute little animation.
6. You Cannot Kill David Arquette: Oh, now how did that one get in there? Don't listen, just skip it.
5. Giant Bomb: If you're perusing one of the best video game sites out there and you try the Konami Code it will automatically direct you to the page about Konami's Contra. I would say that going to the Gradius page would make more sense, but I'm still bitter about the exploding ship thing so screw 'em.
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4. Battery Interactive: They specialize in web design and logos, so it's only appropriate that entering the code on their site will take you to a secret screen with a kick-ass displaying some of their work in 3D gallery.
3. Cubecraft: If you like paper crafts then Cubecraft will allow you to download plenty of fun little activities and constructable toys. The Konami Code nets you a special cut-out cube design of Bill R. from Contra. Don't be afraid to download. It's not a virus.
2. Resident Evil 2: Even non-Konami games use the code, and when they do, oh boy do you get some sweet swag. Resident Evil 2 will grant you infinite ammo for all weapons with a slight variation of the basic code (Right trigger instead of Start).
1. Polyglot & Spleen: Marc Moorash and Heather Stanley's sadly short-lived local comic book about all things lightheartedly goth ended way too soon, but did have one of the sneakiest Konami references ever hidden in its pages. Polyglot finds himself in a melodramatic, Poe-esque dream sequence in which he poetically narrates his way through a maze. It doesn't take long to realize that the Code was the basis of the entire trip, cleverly hidden in slightly emphasized words.