For a certain generation of thumb-twitchers, there’s no experience greater than heading off into a pixelated bullet-hell world of enemy soldiers and aliens. Contra was one of the NES’s most popular games, and publisher Konami sequeled it many times, especially in the early 90s.
The Contra series has occasionally been resurrected now and then, but for the Contra Anniversary Collection, Konami decided to stick to its heyday. All of the titles listed below ran on either 8-bit or 16-bit systems, but there are a couple surprises:
- Contra (arcade)
- Contra (NES)
- Contra (Famicom)
- Super Contra (arcade)
- Super C (NES)
- Operation C (Game Boy)
- Contra 3: The Alien Wars (Super NES)
- Contra: Hard Corps (Sega Genesis)
- Probotector (Sega Mega Drive)
- Super Probotector: Alien Rebels (Super NES)
What’s Probotector, you may ask? You’re obviously American (or Japanese)…..the European market would not allow Contra in its original form without censorship, so Bill Rizer and Lance Bean were replaced by robots. The Australian market also got this altered version. Contra Anniversary Collection will mark the first time that Probotector, and it’s SNES “sequel,” will be released outside of those territories.
There is no specific release date as of yet for Contra Anniversary Collection, but Konami says it will appear on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, XBox One and PC sometime this summer.