80s, 90s, Video Games
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I did not know that: Classic Video Game Secrets

Throughout history video games have always had hidden levels or cheat codes. Some would help you out as a gamer, others added fun elements and some made no sense whatsoever…which made them awesome! Here are a few of the best secrets from classic video games. See how many you remember/even knew about.

NBA JAM: Secret Roster


This is a secret many people were aware of but few knew the codes to unlock them. This was back before the internet, so friends who knew these codes would hold on to them like they were the goddamn missile codes during the cold war. I assume this was so they would always get invited over to play. With these codes you could unlock secret players such as: Bill and Hilary Clinton, Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff, The Beastie Boys and of course the President of Parliament Funkadelic himself George Clinton (no relation to Bill).


GoldenEye 64: DK Mode


DK Mode (named for Donkey Kong as it gave players big heads and long arms) made it that much easier to kill off your friends while playing on the multiplayer setting as their giant melon heads were easier targets. However, as everyone knows, even if you were playing DK Mode no one was allowed to be Oddjob as his small stature still made him very hard to kill and that’s cheating! I don’t care what you say Evan!


Metroid: Samus Aran’s Reveal


The original Metroid for NES had a pretty cool twist/secret ending. If the game was beaten in under 3 hours, there was a huge reveal at the end. I assume by looking at the picture above you can figure it out but for those of you who are…let’s say….stupid? The reveal was that the game’s hero Samus Aran was in fact a woman! And apparently she was wearing a hot pink bikini under the armor suit the whole time! See it’s both feminist and sexist at the same time!  U-S-A! U-S-A!


Contra: Cheat Code


Contra was created with the idea that it would be near impossible to beat (or at least that is what I assume). The game was so hard a cheat code was put in the game that would grant the player 30 extra lives. That code is the iconic:

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A (Start)

We all still know someone (or are someone) who can still recite that code from memory.


Super Mario: Warp Zones


Placed behind walls and invisible passage ways, back in the 80s and early 90s the only way to find out about these bad boys was through Nintendo Power Magazine or from one of your friends…who probably read it in Nintendo Power or even better, called the Nintendo Hotline.

These warp zones allowed you to skip levels and finish the game faster.


Duck Hunt: Two-Player Mode


Did you know you could play Duck Hunt with 2 players? Oh you can and when you do, the second player controls the ducks! Oh yeah, it’s true!

This is without a doubt the coolest “secret” in this post. Why do I call it a “secret” you ask? Well, I’ll tell you Terry (I’m calling our readers Terry today). It is because this wasn’t even a secret! Apparently this information was provided by Nintendo in the game booklet and on the back of the game case! They wanted you to know this! Apparently the second player would use the standard controller to fly those ducks into certain death.

Chalk my ignorance up to the fact that I couldn’t read back in those days. Come to think of it, I still can’t really read and that is why this blog is riddled with speling and gramatical errrrorrs.


  1. NotAPunkRocker says

    I was asking someone the other day, how did we find all this out when we were originally playing these games? How did I know to make that jump into empty space on 1-1 on Super Mario NES and get an extra life? We didn’t get Nintendo Power or such, so I cannot remember how we did all that. We just did 🙂

  2. I was addicted to Duck Hunt back in the day, but I didn’t know someone could control the ducks. Interesting!

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