The Canadian government seems to be delighting in being the cool, chilled out, likeable alternative to its American counterpart which is going through a …. let’s say ‘unusual’ … period. The latest cool Canada move is putting the Konami Code on the Bank of Canada website.
The code, which for those who don’t know is up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B then A on a controller or keyboard, reveals some timely Easter eggs on the site: the national anthem is played and there’s a graphic of money raining down.
An ancient code (from the 1980s)
The Konami Code first appeared in the 1980s courtesy of the Japanese entertainment company Konami, which is responsible for games; including, Castlevania, Gradius, Contra, Pro Evolution Soccer, Metal Gear and Dance Dance Revolution.
It was with Gradius for NES in 1986 that the Konami Code was initially introduced, and it is probably most famous for being used with Contra – becoming known as the Contra Code or the 30 Lives Code due to (obviously) the result given for using it on the game.
The code has also been used in non-Konami games and features, including Half-Life 2 from The Orange Box. Google has also used the code, and PC Gamer points out that BioShock Infinite’s 1999 mode is unlocked with it, and Rocket League has an Easter egg related to it.
The Konami Code and the banknote
The release of Canada’s $10 bank note coincides with the country’s 150th birthday – or to put it more officially, the 150th anniversary of the 1867 unification of British colonies into the Dominion of Canada.
The bank note celebrates some of Canada’s most important figures, including Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister and Agnes Macphail, who fought for equality and human rights, and in 1921 was the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons in Canada.
Kudos to Canada for being able to solemnly acknowledge its history while also slipping in a fun little bit of the present.
These kind of high jinx have a precedent, with the Canadian government’s official Twitter account asking in 2016 “Which Pokemon do you think is the most Canadian?”
We’re not sure how to answer that as there’s no immediately obvious choice, so we’ll just say: “The coolest Pokemon, Canada, the coolest one.”