Retro: The Anticlimactic Quest To Find The Person Behind Metroid’s Most Famous ‘Cheat Code’

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Cosmic coincidence or a real person?

If you know Metroid, then chances are you also know the name Justin Bailey.

Entering this code (or password, to be more precise) into the original NES Metroid would not only grant you full power, but also a special outfit for Samus Aran. While many passwords of the period were random selections of letters and numbers, the ‘Justin Bailey’ code became famous because it was so easy to remember – which is why people are still trying to uncover its origins, even today.

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