The infamous Konami Code, a sequence of button inputs that unlocks secrets and cheat modes in classic games such as Gradius, Contra and Castlevania, has achieved folklore status on the Web.

It’s been used as an ‘Easter egg’ on sites such as Digg and Facebook, but as TechCrunch reports it’s now been quietly introduced for Google Search. Just hit the microphone icon and say this all-too familiar button combination out loud: “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right”.

Google will then kick into gear and say: “Cheat mode unlocked. Unlimited free Google searches.” This doesn’t actually mean anything – it’s the same Google search experience – but it’s a nice secret that will almost certainly put a smile on your face. We rooted about a little bit and it appears Pierre Far was the first to spot this new Easter egg. Nice find, and kudos to Barry Schwartz for documenting the trick so quickly on YouTube.

YouTube (via TechCrunch)