Publisher Konami announced this week that the inventor of the world-famous Konami code, Kazuhisa Hashimoto, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 61. The key combination was first found in a game over 30 years ago. However, this was not intended. To date, more than 100 games have integrated the Konami code.
Top, top, bottom, bottom, left, right, left, right, B, A and start. No combination is better known in the world of video games than the famous Konami code. Yesterday the company announced via Twitter now known that the inventor Kazuhisa Hashimoto passed away on Tuesday. The developer and producer turned 61.
As a Konami employee, Hashimoto was responsible for the console implementation of Gradius, which was responsible for the first appearance of the Konami code in 1986. Actually, the code should not end up in the final product, but should only be a support for Hashimoto during the development because he could not test it so easily due to the high level of difficulty. Subsequently, other Konami projects worked with the famous code.
However, the combination celebrated its breakthrough in 1988 with the release of Contra on the NES. With the Konami code, players have received 30 lives for the more than difficult game, which was a real blessing for many fans. According to the Wikipedia entry on the Konami code, the combination has been integrated into more than 100 Konami titles. But other publishers have also built the code into their games in the past to hide Easter Eggs or other secrets.
Kazuhisa Hashimoto chose this key combination because it is easy to remember, but it was still very unlikely that you would accidentally press these buttons in that order during a game.
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