'Konami Code' Unlocks Secret Features On Bank Of Canada's New $10 Bill Site

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OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada has placed an Easter egg on its website promoting the new $10 bill.

If visitors to the website enter the right series of keys, it plays the national anthem and fills the screen with a shower of tiny animated banknotes.

The central bank unveiled the design for the new $10 bank note last week to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

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Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz speaks at the unveiling of the Canada 150 commemorative bank note on April 7. (Photo: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

The key sequence to unlock the secret is known as the Konami code because it was first included in a video game by the Japanese company of the same name in 1986.

The cheat code has since been used in dozens of other games.

The code is: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a.

"The Bank of Canada's web team thought the Konami code was a fun way to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation,'' Bank of Canada spokeswoman Josianne Menard said.

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