The original version of the cheat code was designed for the NES controller. The exact sequence varies from game to game and has been adapted to fit the button layouts of different video game consoles, mostly the A and B buttons. For example, any code for aPlayStation controller, which uses shapes instead of letters, would use ", ", appearing even in Konami's Dance Dance Revolutionseries, input on the dance pad. In mobile phone games by Konami, they are substituted with 5 7 3 on the numerical pad, which is the goroawase pronunciation for "konami."Variations
Some games capable of the traditional Konami Code vary the button sequence slightly. Examples include Mortal Kombat 3(↑↑↓↓←→ABA), The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning (↑↑↓↓←→←→AB←←→→), Daytona USA(↑↑↓↓←→←→ABC), and AdventureQuest Worlds (↑↑↓↓←→BABA). This can be for operational reasons (e.g. if the code must be entered while the game is paused, the code might be altered to avoid hitting the unpause button), to keep powerful upgrades better concealed while still referencing Konami, or through an error in writing the code in the game. In general discussion, these codes are often referred to as Konami Code, Conami Kode or, less commonly, "Pseudo-Konami Code".
The code has been subsequently re-used in a large number of other games, and has found a place in popular culture as a reference to the third generation of video game consoles.
For example, entering the code is one of two standard ways to put a Palm webOS device (such as the Palm Pre or Palm Pixi) into "developer mode", and the code is also present as anEaster egg on a number of websites. The code is also used in a variation whereStart is replaced with ↑↑↑↑ for the command a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 user must use to reset their Netflix account on the Netflix application. In the build-up to his French presidential campaign, politician François Bayrou has referenced it on his official website, where entering the Konami code would unlock a hidden 8-bit style election video.
The Konami code also appears in the animated series Gravity Falls, where the code is in the final frame of the show's intro sequence. ↑↑↓↓←→←→BASELECTSTART It appears again in the movie Wreck-It Ralph as the code King Candy uses to enter the safe where the data code for the game Sugar Rush is kept.