The Konami Code Works on a Website for Canada's New $10 Bill

The Konami Code Works on a Website for Canada's New $10 Bill

Canada is 150 years old this year, but the code ensures it'll live on for at least 30 more years.

Canada, the land of my people, is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. The Bank of Canada made a commemorative $10 note for the occasion.

What's a Canadian $10 bill got to do with video games? Well, the line-up of important historical Canadians on the front of the note looks like a "SELECT YOUR CHARACTER" menu for an unorthodox fighting game, but there's more to the story. Visit the website set up for the note and enter the Konami Code.

Editor's pick

Keiji Yamagishi on His Past and Future in Game Music

You know the drill, right? Up up, down down, left, right, left, right, B, and A. No need to hit "Start" or any variation thereof: As soon as you tap "A," you'll see a rain of smaller $10 bills and hear a chiptune rendition of our national anthem, "O Canada."

When I first entered the code, I got a very grand rendition of the anthem. Someone changed it to the chiptune version at some point afterwards. Thank you, anonymous citizen.

I know what you're saying. "Currency is serious business." It is. A country's economy lives and dies by the strength of its dollar. But Canada's never been very good at treating its cash with solemnity. For a time, our $5 bill featured the opening paragraph from The Hockey Sweater, a story about a Quebecois boy whose life is ruined when he's forced to wear a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey on the ice.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve,, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

Related articles

Stardew Valley Just Got Beaches, Fish Tanks, Swimming Ducks, and a Whole Lot More

Nearly five years on, Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone just pushed what he says is Stardew's "biggest update yet."

Alien: Isolation Is Free on Epic and Just As Good as It Was in 2014

Get the motion tracker and don't go in the vents.

Shigeru Miyamoto Expresses Confidence in the Younger Generation of Nintendo

The legendary creator says the spirit will stay alive.

You may also like

Press Start to Continue

A look back on what we tried to accomplish at USgamer, and the work still to be done.

Mat's Farewell | The Truth Has Not Vanished Into Darkness

This isn't the real ending, is it? Can't be.

Eric's Farewell | Off to Find a New Challenger

It's time for us to move on, but we'll carry USG with us wherever we go.