Vem tycker om dessa saker?? Or, “who thinks of this stuff” in Swedish, according to Google Translate.
The excellent and underappreciated YouTuber “Gaijillionaire” offers a relevant fun piece of gaming history. In a recent video, he highlights a password (remember those?) for the 1987 NES classic Kid Icarus that rivals more famous codes for games like Metroid and much of Konami’s 1980s output.
Like the famous “JUSTIN BAILEY” Metroid code, this one sends your character to the end of the game with the best powerups. Instead of a seemingly-random English-language name, Kid Icarus players inputted “DUVANS MAMMOR KOMMER BORTOT.” In Swedish, it means, loosely, “DOVES MOTHER COMING AWAY.” OK, then.
Gaijillionaire is unable to offer a definitive reason for the inclusion, citing the proven randomness of passwords of the time. The vlogger does note in the video that Nintendo and Swedish distributor Bergsala have worked together since 1981. He also points out that Kid Icarus was actually released in Europe several months before it came to the United States.
“This password may have been the first one actually discovered by some bored kids in Sweden just making stuff up.” Here’s to a long-ago age of innocent, seemingly infinite discovery.
John Dunphy has written, edited and managed with several newspapers, magazines and news websites in both the United States and South Korea. He’s written about local government, food, nightlife, Korean culture, craft beer, cycling trails, land preservation, video games and more. His love of gaming began with the Atari 2600 but truly came of age on the Super Nintendo. Looking forlornly at the staggering surplus of console and PC games yet to be played, he laments the long-ago days of only being able to buy one $70 32-megabyte cartridge and playing it until his hands ached.