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Contra (1987)

Kontora (original title)
A terrorist organization named Red Falcon declares war on humanity and tries to take over the Earth. Two soldiers, Bill Rizer and Lance Bean, are sent to stop the Earth's destruction.

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The origin of the franchise starts here!. Mixing a full action-adventure with 2D'side-scrolling of the 8-bits NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), with two eventual 3D's isometric levels, the year is 2633 and the evil Red Falcon Organization have set a base on the Galuga archipelago close to New Zealand, in a plot to launch an attack to conquer the world. Prevented about it, Earth's government calls to two commandos, Pfc. Bill Rizer and Pfc. Lance Bean of the Contra unit (an elite group of soldiers specializing in guerrilla warfare), to send to the island in order to destroy the enemy forces and uncover the true nature of a possible alien entity which it could be controlling them. Can they pull it off in time to save the world? Written by Chockys

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Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contra 1987 (Nintendo NES) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Bill (blue guy) is modeled after Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator (1987) and Lance (red guy) is modeled after Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985). See more »

Alternate Versions

The Famicom version in Japan of the game an intro, cut-scenes and a longer ending (including a hidden message) that were not in the NES version. This was mainly due to the fact that these scenes made used of one of Konami's proprietary VRC (Video Resource Chip) mapper. When the game was localized for the NES, Konami was form to use a standard mapper and the added scenes were removed. See more »

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The #1 Best Video Game ever made!
26 January 2003 | by Nick_DetsSee all my reviews

Growing up in the early ninetees, the end of the beginning of the video game generation, I have been exposed to many different games and systems. I currently have a Playstation 2, but I will never forget the glory days of videogames (and my childhood)and that is the 80's/early 90's era of the regular NES.

I look back on that system with only the fondest of memories, and many games come to mind now that I look back on the days where you would have to blow on the game cartridge just to get it to start. There's the addictive, ambitious, creative and ultimately entertaining and challenging Lucas Arts original "Star Wars", of course Nintendo's "Mario"-a crime to leave out, Konami's "Buyou Billy" and their best effort to video game to date (my #1 best video game), "Contra".

This game set the standard for platform action and contains different perspectives and a wide variety of weapons (spread, flamethrower, laser, machine just to name a few) and many challenging, fun and groundbreaking levels. It offers two player action which set the bar for duo combat games to come.

The story involves two soldiers who are dropped on an island by helicopter to battle an alien species known as thw Red Falcon. They must combat these creatures to avoid the spread of the alien race, thus saving the world. The creatures come in a wide range of species, some resemble humans, other crawl like spiders and float from place to place.

The game spawned many sequels, most recently "Contra Shattered Soldier"- a great tribute. Gamers and developers alike will always apprechiate this marvel in video game and hopefully continue to fight the menacing Red Falcon.


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