Even if you’ve been using your Amazon Echo for years. You may not know a function at all. With a very special one Alexa voice command you can activate an exciting Easter Egg, the so-called “super mode”. All you need is an unusual sequence of different words.
Alexa’s “Super Mode”: This code unlocks him
In Germany, Amazon’s Echo, and with it its digital assistant, came onto the market for the first time in 2016. Since then, the number of Alexa voice commands available has increased significantly. Including those that have a special effect. Like the “Alexa Super Mode Code”.
To activate the super mode is enough the following sequence of words as an Alexa voice command:
- Alexa, up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start
Once you have spoken the Alexa voice command, you can look forward to a funny reaction from the digital assistant. Your answer is also very extensive:
“Super Alexa mode is activated! Hihi! Added ten extra lives. Speed level 3 unlocked. All power ups available. Malfunction. Power-ups have no power. Cancellation…”
The only drawback: The Alexa super mode code does not initiate any actual action. At least there should be a few laughs.
This is really what is hidden behind “Alexa super mode”
The Alexa voice command for the “Super Mode” is a special cheat code that should be well known, especially among video game fans, because it is actually the “Konami command”. This can often be found as an Easter egg and can also be used for other services besides Alexa.
In console or computer games, entering the key combination “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start” unlocks a hidden advantage. For example, you receive money faster than in the normal course of the game. In the case of “super mode”, the cheat code is simply passed on using an Alexa voice command instead of using buttons.
The “Konami command” has its origin in the first title in the series “Gradius” (1985), when it was ported to the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) by the developer Kazuhisa Hashimoto. To test the game, he invented the command because the processes were too slow for him. And that’s actually why the cheat code shouldn’t be included in the end product. Ultimately, however, it stayed as short-term removal prior to mass production could have led to errors.
Games and services you can also hack using Konami code:
- Flip (iPhone, iPod Touch): unlocks hidden level with 98 more puzzles
- Netflix: on some devices, the app can be reset using a variant of the code
- Google Hangouts: Typing in a conversation changes the background
- Palm webOS device: in the form of “upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart” it enables the developer mode
- Twitch Creators Dashboard: unlocks additional options
- Jurassic World Evolution game website: Easteregg is triggered
What exactly is Amazon’s Alexa?
Alexa is the company’s cloud-based voice service. This is now available on millions of Amazon’s own devices, as well as on Alexa-enabled devices from third-party providers. Above all, it should enable intuitive control by operating via Alexa voice command.
At the same time, however, it is also possible to design and further develop Alexa as a user yourself. Various tools, APIs and other aids are available on Amazon’s developer site for this purpose. You can add new functions (Alexa skills) to Alexa, integrate them into a device that you want to control, or connect Alexa to devices.
Even more fun: Amazon’s Alexa also knows these Easter eggs
Tired of entertaining Alexa voice commands? Then try the following codes. They are also regarded as so-called Easter Egss, which provoke funny reactions from the language assistant:
- Alexa, test, 1, 2, 3.
- Alexa, tell me a joke.
- Alexa, what’s the magic word?
- Alexa, what do you want to be when you grow up?
- Alexa are you a vampire?
- Alexa, do you like ice cream?
- Alexa, yodel!
- Alexa, party time!
- Alexa, do the dishes!
- Alexa, give me animal names.
- Alexa, can you smell that?
- Alexa, bark like a dog?
- Alexa, what do you think of Siri?
As fun and practical as they are, sometimes using the voice service can go wrong. In at least one case, an Alexa voice command resulted in a dangerous prompt. For a little girl, this could have resulted in a fatal electrocution.
Sources: homeandsmart.de, own research