As a reference to 20th Century Japanese gaming, Google Stadia has left enthusiastic new players a Konami Code Easter egg on its website. After the initial announcement of Stadia, it took just shy of an hour for people to discover this little secret.
If you punch in the correct code (see the bottom of this post) on Stadia’s website, you’ll be rewarded with a 3D model of the Stadia controller. The model can be spun left or right, giving us the exciting opportunity to view it from all angles! The controller demonstrated at the GDC also had the Konami code etched onto the back, just above its headphone jack. Whether this feature will remain when Stadia goes live or if it is just a little Easter Egg for the short term is yet to be seen, but we think it’s a lovely reference and definitely hope they keep it there!
Google is clearly passionate about its new exploration of the gaming world and it is fitting that they would pay tribute to the classic games in this way. But what do you think? Is the addition of the Konami code a bit of a waste, of do you like the nod to traditional gaming culture?
(For those who don’t know, the Konami code is: up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-b-a-s)