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One of the oldest and most well known cheat codes in gaming is the Konami Code. A basic up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, 'B', 'A' combination that worked on all of Konami's older titles. Well, it turns out that the code also works on the Bank of Canada's website.
Kotaku found out that by entering the legendary Konami Code into the website, you'll be greeted with a reward. Basically, head on over to the Bank of Canada's page that introduces the new $10 bank note. On the page you'll be able to preview the note and rotate it around to see the note from all sides.
While you're on this page enter in the Konami Code using your keyboard. This requires you to put in: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, 'B', 'A'.
After putting in the code you'll see Canadian bank notes falling from the top of the screen while a synthesized version of "Oh Canada" plays in the background.
It's a funny little nod to the classic Konami Code, which was popular in a variety of different classic Konami titles, including the Contra series, where the code would oftentimes allow players access to lots of lives or the ability to select the stage. For the Castlevania series -- even all the way up to the Lords of Shadow games -- players could oftentimes access additional options and cheats for the games.
The code also worked for the highly popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games, where the code would either allow for additional lives or the ability to select different stages.
The code even worked for their more high profile games like Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid series. The code has a strong place in the hearts of the gaming community, and parts of it even make up the name of the popular YouTube channel, Up, Up, Down, Down, hosted by WWE superstar Xavier Woods.
Apparently whoever works on the Bank of Canada's website has a penchant for gaming history (or is a gamer themselves) and decided to get a bit cheeky by implementing the classic code into the web page.
It's weird that someone would even think to try out the code on a page about a new bank note for the Canadian $10 bill, but I guess some people thought that maybe they could use Konami's classic code in order to earn some free money? Sadly, it doesn't work in real life.
However, it would have been a real cool thing if you got a free $10 note added to your account for using the code. I'm sure a bunch of people would flock to the Bank of Canada at that point, and they would get a whole lot of love from gamers and non-gamers alike.
Unfortunately, Konami hasn't been getting a lot of love these days after their very public fallout with their star designer and creative director, Hideo Kojima. The company's reputation hasn't recovered from that fiasco yet and it doesn't seem like the ill-will is going away anytime soon. On the bright side, you can still listen to the Canadian national anthem while watching the new $10 note fall from the top of the page over on the official Bank of Canada website.