Bioshock Infinite: How to Unlock 1999 Mode With the Konami Code

Thanks to Ken Levine, we now know hardcore players can start 1999 Mode right away in Bioshock Infinite with the famous Konami Code. This challenging difficulty level changes how you’ll play by making every choice matter.

Every death will cost players dearly, and if you’re not equipped with the right resources it’ll be game over. The retro maniacs over at Irrational want players to use manual saves, and struggle to survive in Columbia — if you’re looking for an experience closer to System Shock 2, you’ll get it with 1999 Mode.

Find even more extras, secrets, and unlockables on our list of Bioshock Infinite cheats. If you’re struggling through Columbia at any point, get tips and tricks on Game Front’s Bioshock Infinite Walkthrough.

How to Unlock 1999 Mode with the Konami Code

NOTE: Using the Konami Code will NOT disable achievements or trophies. Enter on the Maine Menu.

  • X-box 360: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
  • PS3: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, O, X
  • PC: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Cancel Key, Confirm Key

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3 Comments on Bioshock Infinite: How to Unlock 1999 Mode With the Konami Code


On March 23, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Very pleased about this. The “non-permanent choices” is a level of casualization to RPG and hybrid-RPG games that I simply can’t stomach. It completely ruined Diablo 3 for me and I will be ecstatic to turn 1999 mode on the second I get the chance in Infinite.

I LOVE that they used the Konami-Code to do this, too.


On March 24, 2013 at 8:32 am

Non-Permanent choices?

You mean that when you die you re-spawn at a checkpoint? even sonic had this.

You mean that i can reload a save and try new choices like in Mass Effect? not being able to do that is retarded. i like see multiple endings.

Or do you mean death not taking half your XP and all your money? I prefer games be fun, and not punish me because of the ty engine or design choice. look at the last run in AC3 (the boat) for an example of how terrible this design choice would be.

Im not against an optional “hardcore” mod, im just against that being the only option in a game.

Zachary Dant

On March 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm

PC: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, [ESC], [ENTER]