The creator of the legendary 'Konami Code' cheat, Kazuhisa Hashimoto, has died.
The Japanese video game developer, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 61, created the legendary cheat code that is still used by game developers today.
The Konami Code – up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start – gives gamers benefits such as extra lives or power-ups when entered on the keypad.
Hashimoto’s passing was confirmed by his former employer and gaming giant Konami on Wednesday night.
The cause of his death was undisclosed.
Konami tweeted this image of the Konami Code on Wednesday night in tribute to its creator, Kazuhisa Hashimoto
‘We are saddened to hear about the passing of Kazuhisa Hashimoto, a deeply talented producer who first introduced the world to the ”Konami Code”,’ the official Konomi
We are saddened to hear about the passing of Kazuhisa Hashimoto, a deeply talented producer who first introduced the world to the "Konami Code".— Konami (@Konami) February 26, 2020
Our thoughts are with Hashimoto-san's family and friends at this time. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/vQijEQ8lU2
The Konami Code is a cheat code developed by Kazuhisa Hashimoto in 1986.
The code – up, up, down, down, left right, left right, B, A, Start – was designed to give players of Gradius on the SNES an extra 30 lives.
It was kept in the game upon its release and was subsequently included in other Konami games.
It is also still used today to access hidden 'Easter Eggs' on websites and has been referenced in popular culture, including films and TV.
‘Our thoughts are with Hashimoto-san’s family and friends at this time. Rest In Peace.’
The news was first reported by sound designer Yuji Takenouchi, who also worked on Konami games.
‘Programmer Kazuhisa Hashimoto, the creator of the Konami command “Top, Bottom, Left, Right, Left, and Right B, A”, died last night. We pray for the souls,’ he said.
The Konami Code first appeared in Konami’s Gradius video game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1986.
Hashimoto, who had worked to develop the original arcade game for the SNES,