The Bank Of Canada Makes Proper Use Of Konami’s Contra Code

by Robert Workman


Who ever would have thought that a bank, of all places, would make proper use of a classic video game code?

By now, everyone probably knows what the “Contra code” is, right? It refers back to the 8-bit release of Konami’s Contra game, where you would enter up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A and start, which would enable you to have 30 lives in the game. The code’s since been made useful in a number of other games as well, providing power-ups and other goodies in various releases.

Well, chalk up one more use for that code. The Bank of Canada recently unveiled a new website that promotes its recently redesigned $10 bill, commemorating the 150th anniversary of its Confederation. But on top of that, it comes with a fun little Easter Egg that gamers will easily relate to.

The code to unlock this Easter egg is the same as the classic Contra code – simply type up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, and then B and A. (Don’t worry about Start, since your keyboard doesn’t really have a Start button.) Do that correctly, and the website begins playing the national anthem for Canada, and showers the screen with animated bank notes. No, you don’t multiply your bank account 30 times (wishful thinking), but it is a neat little Easter egg that livens up the website a bit.

“The Bank of Canada’s web team thought the Konami code was a fun way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation,” Bank of Canada spokeswoman Josianne Menard said. And she’s absolutely right.

Even though Konami’s video game business has fallen by the wayside in favor of more pachinko and slot machine-related affairs (much to the chagrin of its fans), it still dabbles every now and then. A new Pro Evolution Soccer game is on the way, the classic Bomberman franchise recently made a return to the Nintendo Switch with flying colors; and the company is still hard at work on the controversial Metal Gear Survive, which some fans aren’t too thrilled with at the moment.

But happy banking celebration of the classic Konami code anyway!

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.