The super Alexa mode code consists of just eleven words. When said in order they “activate” a launch sequence that Alexa always aborts in the end.
Super Alexa mode code
The super Alexa mode code is “UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A, START”. The code doesn’t actually serve a purpose or activate anything. It’s just a fun, hidden joke that pays homage to video game developer, Konami who put secret menus (“easter-eggs”) in their video games.
When you say the super Alexa mode code, Alexa will respond with: “Super Alexa mode activated. Starting reactors. Online. Enabling advanced systems. Online. Raising dongers. Error. Dongers missing. Aborting.”
What is super Alexa mode?
Alexa developers added the super Alexa mode feature as a silly and fun “hat-tip” to video gamers around the world.
The idea itself pays homage to hidden menus and cheat codes placed inside video games.
Sometimes referred to as “easter-eggs”, these secret menus are hard to discover but when you find them, they give you certain powers within the game you’re playing. Like unlimited lives or power-ups.
One of the first video game developers to introduce this concept was Kanomi back in the 1970s and 80s.
The Kanomi code (“Contra” code)
Kanomi is a Japanesse entertainment conglomerate that develops video games.
The company was started all the way back in 1969 as a jukebox rental and repair company. It wasn’t until almost a decade later that they released their first video game, in 1978.
You’ve probably heard of some of their work: Frogger, Metal Gear, Silent Hill, and the list goes on.
One of Kanomi’s video game developers, Kazuhisa Hashimoto, placed hidden cheat codes in the games he worked on to make play-testing the game easier for him. Otherwise he’d have to play for hours until he was able to beat certain levels and advance.
The game that made these types of hidden cheat codes famous was Contra, which came out for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) in 1988.
This game was a notoriously difficult run-and-gun shooter. Entering the “Konami Code” at the Contra home screen gave you 30 extra lives!
The code was a fun way to make difficult game less frustrating and more enjoyable for “non-experts”.
It wasn’t long until the concept became extremely popular and was included in just about every video game that followed.
What does super Alexa mode do?
Now that you know a bit of the history behind the Kanomi code, it probably makes a little more sense why Alexa developers added super Alexa mode.
It’s just a fun way to pay respect to the history of video gaming and the introduction of cheat codes and easter eggs.
The code itself doesn’t actually activate anything or do anything really, other than prompt Alexa to say a few words. It isn’t dangerous and doesn’t need to be “turned off” afterwards. It’s just a playful joke!
It’s the equivalent of asking Alexa what the weather is. She’ll give you a response and that’s that.
You can try it out for yourself on your Amazon Echo, or even in the Alexa app! Just say, “Alexa, UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A, START”.
The super Alexa mode code is “UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A, START”.
This code doesn’t actually do anything or activate anything on your Alexa device, it’s just a fun way to pay tribute to the history of video gaming.
The first company to popularize adding hidden cheats and easter-eggs into video games was Kanomi. One of Kanomi’s video game developers, Kazuhisa Hashimoto, placed hidden cheat codes in the games he worked on to make play-testing the game easier for him
The most famous example was in their run-and-gun shooter game, Contra that was released in 1988. When you entered the “Kanomi code” at the Contra home screen, you got 30 extra lives!
You don’t need an Echo device to try super Alexa mode, you can just download the Alexa app and try it there.
I hope you found this article informative. Now that you know super Alexa mode is harmless, go give it a try!