Fluff (Easter egg) for the iPhone and other places on the internet

https://nypost.com/2021/11/01/iphone-has-secret-code-you-say-aloud-to-unlock-hidden-trick/

Your iPhone has a secret code that unlocks this hidden trick

By Harry Pettit, The SunNovember 1, 2021 4:40pm  Updated

The Konami Code is a sequence of key presses that unlocks fun visuals and other features.Getty Images

Your iPhone has countless fun easter eggs that you can explore to kill a bit of time.

Many of them involve secret code words that trigger actions by Siri, Apple’s AI voice assistant.

One such phrase references the Konami Code, a sequence of key presses that unlocks fun visuals and other features on hundreds of apps and websites.

The code was originally a cheat code for power-ups in the 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System arcade game Gradius.

It has since become a symbol in geek culture and has been found as a way to access Easter eggs on pages ranging from Facebook to Vogue UK’s website.

The sequence – Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A – was created by games developer Kazuhisa Hashimoto.

Kazuhisa, who previously worked with Konami on several smash-hit games, including Gradius, sadly passed away aged 79 last year.

To try out the Konami code on your iPhone, you’ll first need to utter Sir’s wake phrase: “Hey Siri”.

Next, list off the Konami code: Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A.

Reciting it to her will trigger one of three responses: “Cheater!”, “Nerd.” or “I’m getting dizzy…”

The sequence – arguably the world’s best-known video game cheat code – also works on a number of other apps and websites.

Closeup image of a man holding and using smart phone with coffee cup on wooden table in cafe
The Konami Code was originally a cheat code in the 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System arcade game Gradius.

Here are some of the other places around the web that it works.

1. Alexa

Amazon’s AI assistant Alexa will read out a fun phrase if you recite the code, barking: “Super Alexa mode: Activated. Starting reactors: Online. Enabling advanced systems: Online. Raising dongers. Error: Dongers missing. Aborting…”

2. Buzzfeed

Typing in the code here will give you a funky colorful background.

3. Kuppiya

This IT video learning site pops up a load of fun cartoon characters (watch out for Darth Vader!)

4. GenesJournal

Not much of a secret, as it lists the Konami Code right there on the page, but heading to this site will unlock a “hidden” 1976 interview with Stark Trek legend William Shatner.

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The Konami code sequence is: Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A.

5. DuelingAnalogs

Jokey video game site DuelingAnalogs has hidden artwork depicting Jesus’ disciples acting out the Konami code.

6. CSSline

CSSline is a showcase gallery of excellent CSS sites from all over the world. Typing in the Konami Code gives you a list of… you guessed it: Konami Codes.

7. NikDaum.com

Some people have a fun spin on the sequence coded into their personal websites.

8. Plurk

Typing in the code on someone’s profile page causes posts on the page to go a little strange…

9. Wreck It Ralph

Outside of the internet, the code plays a big role in the Disney flick, “Wreck It Ralph”.

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