Introduction: How to Obtain 30 Lives on the Classic Nintendo Entertainment System Game "Contra"

A childhood classic, this game still holds to this day as one of my personal favorites and this code can help you reach levels you may have not experienced previously.

Step 1: Items You Will Need:

  • Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) 8-bit home video game console with controller(s)
  • "Contra"-1988 video game cartridge
  • A television
  • An appreciation for retro-games

Step 2: Step 1: Connect Your System

Ensure your system is properly connected to your T.V. via the RF switch or A/V cables (RCA). Connect power supply adapter to an outlet and the NES. Depending on your T.V. at home, you may need to change the channel to 3, 4 or select an input according to your connection preference.

Step 3: Step 2: Insert Cartridge Into Console and Press the Power Button

Step 4: Step 3: As the Title Screen Begins to Scroll, Push the Select Button to Choose Between 1 or 2 Players.

Step 5: Step 4: Do This Quickly But Carefully.

Immediately press on the player 1 controller: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start. This must be done promptly for you only have until the end of the opening title music to correctly complete the code, about 5 seconds. Below is an audio clip of the title music giving you an idea of just how fast the code must be entered.

Step 6: Step 5: If Done Correctly...

When inputted correctly, you will see "REST 30" at the left hand top of the following screen instead of the original "REST 3". It may take a few attempts but it does work.

Step 7: Step 6: Enjoy, Happy Gaming and Long Live the NES!!!

Spoiler Alert: This is a cheat code and it may take away from the developers intended purpose of a challenging but enjoyable gaming experience by using this code.