The Konami Code is all over pop culture as a key video game reference. Seemingly everyone remembers it...even those who probably never played Contra. While this is probably the most memorable code (it's super easy) gamers have been finding cheats and hacks for years.
Do you remember the first cheat code you've ever entered? The feel of breaking the game and feeling godlike? Cheat codes have come a long way and there were even accessories that enabled cheating, but nothing tops the nostalgic feel of entering a code.
Not only does Prima Games have a comprehensive list of the Top 100 Best Video Game Cheats, Codes and Tips of All Time, they have an extended list of fan favorites.
Prima Games Top 3 Cheat Codes of All Time
1.) The Konami Code (NES, various games)
The number one trick of all time? C'mon, it's embedded in our culture – and our minds – for many years. The famous Konami code first appeared in the original NES game Contra, and made cameos in other games over the years, providing extra lives and power-ups in a variety of titles. How does it work? Simple. Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A and start. That'll give you 30 lives in Contra, and so much more in other games. Try it in Gradius as well. Oh, and watch for it in Wreck-It Ralph.
2.) Metroid: Samus Aran's True Form (NES)
A few people were blown away by the fact that Samus Aran was – gasp! – a woman in the original Metroid game. However, if you had the Justin Bailey code, you would've known it right from the start. Enter "Justin Bailey" on the top half of the password screen, and all spaces on the bottom, and you'll play through the game without her helmet. It's a neat little trick.
3.) Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!: Head Right to Tyson (NES)
Want to fight Mike Tyson right away in his edition of Punch-Out!!, without having to fight through the other guys? Now you can. Enter 007 373 5963 on the password screen. Be careful, though. As you can see above, he's quick.
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