Bank of Canada Sneaks Konami Code Into $10 Bill Web Announcement

The Konami Code is a cheat code used in many Konami video game titles which would give players an easier way to defeat the game.

If you don't know what that is, you're probably older than 45 and didn't fritter away your childhood playing Contra on the original NES. When punching in the Konami Contra code on its webpage, the Canadian national anthem will start to play as small $10 bills fall down the screen. The code's since been made useful in a number of other games as well, providing power-ups and other goodies in various releases.

Not only will the Konami code get you extra lives in Contra, but it'll also make it rain money on a new Back of Canada website ad. And Kotaku Australia realized that the website is compatible with the Konami code.

Though Governor Stephen Poloz unveiled a commemorative C$10 banknote at a live ceremony last week, the central bank's Web team had a nerdier take on the event. You can enter the code on your keyboard after navigating to the Bank of Canada's official website. If your memory is a little spotty, the code is as follows; up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A. And she's absolutely right.

  • Joanne Flowers