NES lovers grew up and now they’re coding for Palm

In case you missed it back in June, the Palm Pre was rooted by extracting the Root ROM from a Palm tool used to reset a device with damaged software. A lot has been learned from examining the code inside that ROM but we’re most amused by one thing in particular. If you grew up in the 80’s there’s a pretty good chance you know the Konami Code by heart. So did the developers of WebOS, the firmware running on the Palm Pre. By inputting the familiar (UpUpDownDownLeftRightLeftRightBA) set of gestures the handset enters Developer mode for connection to the SDK which was leaked last summer but is now in open release.


  1. John says:

    yes, but does it give your Palm Pre 100 lives? (Well, in a way, it kind of does, I guess….. in a sort of “multiple personalities” kind of way)

  2. SifJar says:

    Isn’t this ancient news? Everybody has known this for ages, have they not?

  3. Spork says:

    He did say “In case you missed it back in June”…

  4. Ryan says:

    webos200906 is a shortcut as well.
    And yes, this is old news. It still beats all the IPad stories though.

  5. o0otoxic says:

    and its not gesturs you have to type in in

  6. spadefinger says:

    I didn’t know (or more likely I completely forgot). I think it’s kind of cool. It’s not enough to get me to go back to a palm device, but it’s kind of cool. I could never have beat Contra without that code (but I was never great at side scrollers).

  7. Max says:

    I was really hoping for NES emulator or Contra game lol But then again im sure NES emulator is coming (if it isnt already out havent looked) being that palm release libsdl

  8. Alan L. says:

    A lot has happened. There is now a really good GBA emulator, tons of iphone quality 3d games, and a really good homebrew and dev community that are doing a lot of great work for this phone. Its really neat!

  9. firestorm_v1 says:

    The code for developer mode is:


    You type that in the “global search” and it then pulls up the “Developer Mode Enabler” icon where you can enable dev mode for the rooting process.

  10. fartface says:

    anyone port android to it yet?

    I’d love a pre with android running on it. Espically you can get pre’s for dirt cheap on ebay unlocked.

  11. HaDAk says:

    It’s a time warp!

  12. Frogz says:

    anyone asking for a emulator
    with the classic apps thingy, you SHOULD be able to run LJP which can run nearly any 16 bit and lower system
    i have every nes and every gameboy game produced on my centro and a few snes such as terranigma, chrono trigger, earthbound and others
    it wont play a few games(see mario kart) but it can play most games at full speed(some snes games may require a little overclocking to achieve this but thats no big deal, done 100% in software like the psp, just kills your battery faster)

  13. Frogz says:

    why do i keep doing this….
    i keep friken submitting when i THINK im done
    then i google somthing and find i have more to say!

    it works, but you need to manually make all the directories(there is alot of them, just make a batch full of…
    mkdir snes
    cd snes
    mkdir roms
    mkdir save
    and so on

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