AMAZON Super Alexa mode

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What is Super Alexa mode?
You may have heard of Super Alexa, a mode you can trigger for Amazon’s smart speakers. What is it, and how do you turn it on?
Amazon Alexa is full of little tricks and secrets. Some of them are genuinely useful, while others are there purely for your own amusement. Super Alexa falls squarely into the second category — here’s how to activate it, and the explanation behind its existence.

Super Alexa mode is activated with the famous Konami Code, also known as the Contra Code, and invokes a silly response that sometimes includes an obscure League of Legends reference. It’s an Easter egg rather than a practical feature.
How do you activate Super Alexa mode?
Tell a speaker “Alexa, up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start.” You have to get this exactly correct for Super Alexa to trigger. In fact if you make a slight error in the word order, Alexa encourages you to try again with responses like “you’re so close” or “close but no cigar.”

If you’re successful, Alexa will either say it’s giving you “power-ups” or present you with a more elaborate message, as follows:

“Super Alexa mode activated. Starting reactors…online. Enabling advanced systems…online. Raising dongers. Error. Dongers missing. Aborting.”
What’s the story behind Super Alexa mode?
Super Alexa is an Easter egg for long-time gamers. The trigger phrase is the Konami Code, also known as the Contra Code. It was first used in Konami’s 1986 game Gradius for the NES, but is better known from Contra, a platformer released in 1987. Entering the code at Contra’s title screen gave players 30 lives. As Contra was so notoriously difficult, memorizing the code was often considered less of a cheat than mandatory.

The code has since been put in many games, including some that have nothing to do with Konami such as Fortnite, Tetris Effect, and BioShock Infinite. You can even use it with Siri or Google Assistant to elicit unique responses