Creator of the Konami Code, Kazuhisa Hashimoto, passes away

Any gamer from the 90s knows this code. It unlocked the potential of several video game titles released by Konami. The code is iconic and there will be no other like it. It with a heavy heart that I, DevilDriver1313, tell you that the creator of this beautiful code, Kazuhisa Hashimoto, has passed away. Konami confirmed his passing at age 61.

Many of us, when we think of the code, we automatically are drawn to using it in Contra on the NES. Hashimoto has originally created the code for Konami’s side scrolling shoot ’em up, Gradius in 1986. He has a hard time beating and thus created the code to aid him. He made is easy to remember since he was the one using it.

Inputting the code in Contra netted your thirty lives at the start and, let’s face it, it was needed for beating “one of the hardest game ever made for the NES.” The code has appeared in other Konami series including Castlevania, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Metal Gear, and Dance Dance Revolution. The Konami Code has had a significant cultural impact and is now recognized by gamers of today. If you get a chance, why not pop in a classic Konami game—or something else you remember that may have used the Konami Code as an homage—and celebrate Hashimoto’s many contributions to the industry by giving yourself a little extra assistance.