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Contra
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Contra
Developer:
Konami
Publisher:
Konami
Release date:
20th Feb 1987
Genre:
Run and gun
Game modes:
singleplayer, co-op
Rating:
n/a
Media:
Platform:
Arcade
Media:
CPS-2
Game engine:




Contents

Release


Release date for the game Contra;


Arcade 20th Feb 1987
Contra (Arcade, NES, MSX2, DOS, C64, CPC, ZX) 1987
Super Contra (Arcade, NES, DOS, Amiga) 1988
Operation C (SNES, Game Boy) 1991
PlayStation 2 Japan 25th May 2006 
Xbox Live Arcade 8th November 2006
Nintendo DS 2008


Plot


In Contra, the player controls one of two armed military commandos named Bill "Mad Dog" Rizer and Lance "Scorpion" Bean, who are sent on a mission to neutralize a terrorist group called the Red Falcon Organization that is planning to take over the Earth. Details of the game's setting varies between supplementary materials: the Japanese versions sets the game in a fictional Galuga archipelago near New Zealand in the futuristic year of 2633, whereas the manual for the American NES version sets the game during the present in an unnamed South American island. The American storyline also changes the identity of "Red Falcon" from being the name of a terrorist organization to the name of an alien entity.

Game play


There are a total of over 10 areas in the game. There are two types of stages in Contra. In addition to the standard side view stages, Contra also features stages in which the player character is seen from behind and must move towards the background in order to proceed. Each of these "3D maze" stages are set inside the corridor of an enemy base in which the player must fight through the base's defenses in order to reach the core of the base. During the 3D maze stages, the upper screen will display a map of the base along with a time limit. Each maze stage is followed by a "3D fixed" stage set at the core of the base, in which the player must destroy a series of flashing sensors to expose an even larger sensor and destroy it.


Game modes


You can play in the following modes;
two-player cooperative mode

Characters


Military Commandos:
Bill "Mad Dog" Rizer
Lance "Scorpion" Bean

Single Player/Co-op Stages


Enemy base
10 areas maze followed by 3D stages

Walkthrough


Weapons


Machine gun
Laser gun
Spread gun
Fire gun

Equipment


Powerups


Rapid fire - increase firing speed.
Barrier - temporary invincibility.

Enemies


Red Falcon Organization

Aliens


Aliens

Vehicles


Publishers


Konami Corporation is a Japanese leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling toys, trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines, arcade cabinets and video games. Konami is famous for games such as the Metal Gear series, Dance Dance Revolution series, Castlevania series, Contra series, Pro Evolution Soccer series, Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Silent Hill series, Gradius series, and Frogger series.

The company was founded in 1969 as a jukebox rental and repair business in Osaka, Japan, by Kagemasa Kōzuki, the still-current chairman and president. The name "Konami" is a conjunction of the names Kagemasa Kozuki (current chairman and president), Yoshinobu Nakama, and Tatsuo Miyasako.

Developers


Konami Corporation is a Japanese leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling toys, trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines, arcade cabinets and video games. Konami is famous for games such as the Metal Gear series, Dance Dance Revolution series, Castlevania series, Contra series, Pro Evolution Soccer series, Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Silent Hill series, Gradius series, and Frogger series.

The company was founded in 1969 as a jukebox rental and repair business in Osaka, Japan, by Kagemasa Kōzuki, the still-current chairman and president. The name "Konami" is a conjunction of the names Kagemasa Kozuki (current chairman and president), Yoshinobu Nakama, and Tatsuo Miyasako.


Achievements


Releases


Arcade, Famicom/NES, MSX2, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 (XBLA), Nintendo DS, Virtual Console, Mobile Phone, PlayStation Network.

Patches


Reception


References

Citations

Contra: Arcade

Footnotes

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