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Secret Amazon Alexa Code Revealed, Unlocks Hidden 'Super Mode'

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Amazon Alexa can be a terribly useful device, and yet many fear that it collects terrible secrets. Any time you place Alexa or any other “smart speaker/virtual assistant” in your home, you’re basically inviting a listening device into your space, which can have understandably questionable consequences.

Many people were surprised when one woman on TikTok demonstrated how Alexa records and saves thousands of snippets of daily conversation — though it’s usually when a wake word is used or a command is given.

Parrots have even managed to hack the shopping list function on Alexa, and kids have used the virtual assistant to contact family members when they need help.

But another feature has been getting renewed attention lately after a video demonstration was shared on TikTok by jiggywrigglersfareham and viewed over 2.1 million times.

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It’s something that has been in place for a while, a bit of an Easter egg and a nod to a time-honored code familiar to anyone with a passing familiarity with video games.

Text on the TikTok video says, “Say this to alexa,” and written on a piece of cardboard is the code: “Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start.”

According to what Alexa users say, the device perks up and responds with a variety of phrases, including “Super Alexa Mode activated.”

The series of commands is known as the “Konami Code,” created by Kazuhisa Hashimoto, who worked for the Konami gaming and entertainment company, according to NPR.

He first came up with the code after converting “Gradius,” an arcade spacecraft shooting game, into a Nintendo application in the 1980s.

“I hadn’t played that much and obviously couldn’t beat it myself, so I put in the Konami code,” he said in 2003, according to NPR. “Because I was the one who was going to be using it, I made sure it was easy to remember.”

@jiggywrigglersfareham Super Alexa! #jiggywrigglersfareham #alexa #alexacheatcode #superalexamode #fyp #jiggywrigglers ♬ original sound – Meg (Jiggy Wrigglers Fareham)

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It became a well-known way to change the difficulty setting of a game or unlock special features (not always positive!) or cheats and has since been used in dozens of games.

The code can be applied to many modern-day devices, including — as shown above — Amazon Alexa and as Apple’s Siri, which replies with “Nerd,” “I’m getting dizzy” or “Cheater” when the sequence is read to it, according to the New York Post.

The code was featured in Disney’s 2012 film “Wreck-It Ralph” as a password, and many websites have hidden features only accessible by the particular sequence of commands.

It doesn’t activate any true “super mode” in Alexa — at least as far as anyone can tell — but it is a fun nod to an insider gaming tradition.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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