Kazuhisa Hashimoto, creator of the Konami Code, has died

Kazuhisa Hashimoto, creator of the Konami Code, has died


The man credited with creating the world famous Konami Code has died. Kazuhisa Hashimoto, a Japanese games developer, was sixty one.

Kazuhisa Hashimoto worked as a video game developer at Konami in the 1980s and ’90s . But his legacy will always be a sequence of button presses known as the ‘Konami code’.

The code (Up, Up. Down, Down. Left, right. Left, Right. B. A. Start) was first introduced in a notoriously difficult game titled ‘Gradius’. To give players an advantage, Hashimoto made it possible for players to enter a specific sequence of button presses that would gift them with some kind of bonus. For ‘Gradius’ it was a full set of power-ups.

The code is most commonly associated with another NES game, ‘Contra’. In this instance, if the sequence was entered, players would be gifted thirty lives. This cheat works on dozens more Konami titles in varying ways, but is no longer exclusive to the Japan games developer. Fans can utilise the same code in modern titles such as ‘Fortnite’ and ‘Rocket League’.

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News of Kazuhisa Hashimoto’s passing came from composer and former Konami collaborator, Yuji Takenouchi who posted a tribute to his former colleague on twitter.

Born in November 1958, Kazuhisa Hashimoto died on February 25th 2020 at the age of sixty one.



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