Top 10 Best Places to Find the Konami Code

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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.

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