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posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 29, 2003

NES controller belt buckle. Just push “Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start” to get your pants off

Reader comments

BryanOct 29, 2003 at 1:42PM

I just can’t believe someone paid 17 bucks for it.

Someone that isn’t me, I mean.

Steven GarrityOct 29, 2003 at 2:59PM

You missed “select” - it’s “Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, B, A, Select, Start”

JohnOct 29, 2003 at 3:37PM

I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to _forget_ the “Contra” cheat code!

EamonOct 29, 2003 at 4:06PM

Steven, those are two different codes. The former gives you 33 lives per continue, the latter infinite.

This shirt always gets laughs.

jkottkeOct 29, 2003 at 4:12PM

There seems to be some controversy as to the exact cheat code. Including Steven’s (which sounds more correct than the one I have listed), there are about 4 different variations I’ve found with various Google searches. I can’t remember which is the true cheat, and can’t really check because I don’t have an NES handy and don’t want to d/l an NES emulator.

GluttonOct 29, 2003 at 4:14PM

Notice the guy is selling two more of these “unique” buckles… all going for $17-18.

BenOct 29, 2003 at 4:29PM

I recently noticed a cargo truck from NJ driving through Minneapolis (any van with grafitti sticks out like a sore thumb here, whereas in NY or NJ they are commonplace), and it had a large sticker of that code phrase on it (up down up down left right, etc…) Must be something from “the streets”.

MathewOct 29, 2003 at 4:47PM

The version I grew up with was Up Up, Down Down, Left Right, Left Right, B A, B A, Start

jjgOct 29, 2003 at 6:48PM

In Texas, they use Xbox controllers for belt buckles.

BrianOct 29, 2003 at 9:39PM

For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 : the Arcade Game (by Konami)

the code was B A B A U D B A L R B A Start

AndrewOct 29, 2003 at 10:57PM

It’s not just the Contra code, it’s the Konami code and works in many of the early Konami games for the Famicom/NES including Gradius and Contra. In Contra, B, A, Start is for the single player game and B, A, Select, Start is for multiplayer. According to Kazuhisa Hashimoto (one of Konami’s NES guys) he made the code because he needed something easy to remember for debugging.

dowingbaOct 29, 2003 at 11:29PM

Geeze just get a game genie. Nerds.

MikeOct 30, 2003 at 10:15AM

Nice one Jesse ;)

sushiesqueOct 30, 2003 at 2:06PM

That’s the code to get your pants off 40 times. If you hit “select” before “start”, that’s the code to get *two* people’s pants off. 40 times.

Rob IracaneOct 30, 2003 at 2:17PM

There’s an Ataris song called “Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start” on their 2001 album End Is Forever. Pretty lame pop-punk song but a great 80’s reference nonetheless.

jasonOct 31, 2003 at 9:12AM

U U D D L R L R B A (select) START

that’s the code. :)

did anyone ever beat Rush N’ Attack?

sushiesqueNov 01, 2003 at 11:42AM

Nope, no one ever did. And did anyone else always hear that title as “Russian Attack”?

JohnNov 03, 2003 at 10:05PM

“Rush N’ Attack” was one of my favorite arcade games. I did think it was a play on “Russian Attack,” since the Cold War was still raging, the enemy soldiers and their gear looked vaguely Soviet, and you’d see red stars on some of the buildings. If I remember correctly, the international version of “Rush N’ Attack” was called “Green Beret.”

I can rescue the POWs on the coin-op version twice, but I didn’t really play the Nintendo version much.

sushiesqueNov 04, 2003 at 9:59AM

tangent: the Japanese version of “Bionic Commando” was called “Top Secret - Hitler’s Revival” and had swastikas everywhere.

CrackercrumbsDec 04, 2003 at 11:43PM

up up down down left right left right ba start gave you 30 guys in contra and life force, it also refilled your life (only once) in the game boy teenage mutant ninja turtles, also it worked in super r-type if you wanted to blow up your ship…if you used the l and r buttons it maxed your weapons i think.

beccaDec 10, 2003 at 2:12PM

hey…does ANYONE know how to make the nintendo[NES] controller belt buckle??

beccaDec 10, 2003 at 2:12PM

hey…does ANYONE know how to make the nintendo[NES] controller belt buckle??

nicole wesslerJan 25, 2004 at 5:07PM

make it

ask for austinJan 25, 2004 at 5:08PM

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ask for austinJan 25, 2004 at 5:08PM

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ask for austinJan 25, 2004 at 5:08PM

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JamesFeb 22, 2004 at 7:46PM

http://www.NESBuckle.com check it out, they sell them!

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