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Contra

Promotional flyer for the North American market.
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Designer(s) Arcade version
Koji Hiroshita (director)
NES version
Shigeharu Umezaki (director)
Shinji Kitamoto (director)
Platform(s) Arcade
Amstrad CPC
Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
NES
PC MS-DOS
MSX2
PC Microsoft Windows
Pocket PC
Xbox 360
Release date Arcade version
JPN NA EUFebruary 20, 1987
NES version
NA February 2, 1988
JPN February 9, 1988
PAL December 28, 1990
Commodore 64 version
EU NA 1988
Amstrad CPC version
EU 1988
ZX Spectrum version
EU 1988
PC MS-DOS version
NA 1988
MSX2 version
JPNMay 25, 1989
Xbox 360 arcade version
NA EU November 8, 2006
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single player, Cooperative
Input methods 8-way joystick, 2 buttons
Cabinet Upright
CPU Motorola 6809 (1.5 MHz)
Sound Motorola 6809 (2 MHz)
Display Raster, standard resolution (Used: 224 x 280)
vertical orientation

Contra (魂斗羅 Kontora?), released as Gryzor in Europe and Oceania, is an arcade game released in 1987 by the Konami corporation. The player controls a commando who battles waves of enemies including humans, machines, mutants and aliens to reach his ultimate goal. Much of the game's popularity came from its two-player simultaneous gameplay, which was an uncommon feature in video games at the time of Contra's release. While successful in the arcades, the game became and remained widely popular and remembered when it was ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988. Contra was voted #1 by gaming website IGN.com as being the "Toughest Game to Beat".[1] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (600x797, 203 KB) Summary Contra promotional arcade flyer for the North American market. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... 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Contents

Plot

The player takes control of an armed commando named Bill Rizer, or his partner Lance Bean, as they are sent to infiltrate the island headquarters of an alien army calling themselves Red Falcon and thwart their plot to invade the Earth. The backstory differs slightly between sources. The original Japanese promotional flyer for the arcade version places the game's setting specifically on the month of December 2633 A.D. and cites the movies Rambo, Commando and Alien in its blurb.[2] The Famicom version released in Japan features an intro which fleshes out this plot. The aliens are revealed to have arrived in a meteor that fell into the fictional Galuga (or Galga) archipelago near New Zealand two years prior to the event of the game.[3] For other uses, see Commando (disambiguation). ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... In narratology, a back-story (also back story or backstory) is the history behind the situation extant at the start of the main story. ... Look up AD in Wiktionary, the free dictionary AD or ad may stand for: ad or advertisement, see advertising ad- prefix Administrative domain Air Defence Andorra, ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code Anno Domini (In the Year of [Our] Lord). This year is A.D. 2005. ... For the David Morrell novel, see First Blood (book). ... Commando is a 1985 American action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... This article is about the first film in a series. ... Look up blurb in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


When the NES version of the game was released in North America, the opening intro was removed and the game's manual changes numerous details. The game's setting is moved from a fictional Oceanian island in the distant future to an unspecified region of Central America near the ruins of a Mayan civilization in the present day. The main characters retain their given names, but are now referred by the codenames of "Mad Dog" and "Scorpion". The name "Red Falcon" also became the name of the alien entity Bill and Lance fought, rather than the name of the terrorist organization itself. The meteor is stated to have arrived fifty years earlier as well.[4] This discrenpacy with the game's setting between Japanese and American sources would cause the subsequent Contra games to follow a different continuity in each region. It wasn't until the English localization of Contra: Shattered Soldier that the series would follow the original Japanese continuity in North America. North American redirects here. ... For other uses, see Oceania (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). ... The adjective Mayan is sometimes used to refer to the indigenous peoples of parts of Mexico and Central America, their culture, language, and history. ... Central New York City. ... In many works of fiction, events may simply be described as taking place in the Present Day. This can mean one of three things: The events depicted take place at the time the media is viewed or read; The events depicted take place at the exact date in history when... A code name or cryptonym is a word or name used clandestinely to refer to another name or word. ...


When Contra was covered in the debut issue of Nintendo Power magazine, the original Japanese plot was used for the article. Probotector, the PAL version of the NES game, also follows the Japanese plot in its manual, but replaces all references of Bill and Lance with the Probotector robots RD008 and RC011 (see below for more info).[5] Nintendo Power magazine is a monthly news and strategy magazine formerly published in-house by Nintendo. ... Television system by country The PAL region is a video game publication territory which covers Australia, New Zealand, and varying European countries. ...


Gameplay

The first stage of Contra (arcade version).
The first stage of Contra (arcade version).

The player's character is equipped with a rifle with an unlimited amount of ammunition and can jump, move and fire in eight directions. The protagonists can move and jump simultaneously while firing. Coordination of the character's movement is essential, as a single hit from any enemy, bullet, or other hazard will instantly kill the player's character, and also discard the current weapon from the player's inventory. It is not unusual for the screen to be occupied with several enemies and dozens of bullets moving in different directions all at once in the game's eight stages. screenshot Contra_(arcade_game) by me This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... screenshot Contra_(arcade_game) by me This is a screenshot of a copyrighted computer game or video game. ... For other uses, see Rifle (disambiguation). ...


Multiplayer

Contra also features simultaneous two-player cooperative gameplay. Both players occupy the same screen and must coordinate their actions. One player lagging behind can cause problems for his partner, as the screen will not scroll onward. For example, a slow player can be fatal to his partner's attempt to complete a jump over a chasm. In the vertical levels, one player can scroll up far too quickly and inadvertently kill the other player in the process, as the other player would literally have the ground beneath him disappear.


Level structure

Contra has two different types of levels, both of which are third-person. There are side-scrolling levels and over the shoulder, simulated 3D levels. Furthermore, some of the scrolling levels are vertically oriented, while the majority scroll horizontally. In the arcade version, the last four stages (the Snowfield, the Energy Zone, the Hangar and the Alien Lair) take place continuously. The NES console port depicts these stages individually.

One of the behind-the-player levels (NES version).

Behind-the-player levels: The two Base levels take place in interior environments. Gameplay is shown from a behind-the-player third-person perspective, although all the gameplay mechanics are kept intact. Each level is composed of approximately five to six rooms (In the NES port, Base 1 consists of 5 rooms, and Base 2 consists of 8) . The goal of each room is to blow up the power-core which eliminates an electric field barrier that prevents the player(s) from proceeding. Initially, only a few enemies or stationary turrets are present. In later rooms gun emplacements must be defeated in order to uncover the room's core. Also Arkanoid like tubes will roll across the floor in different patterns, causing death to the player. Powerups come in the form of a red soldier who will make repeated short jumps across the screen, from right to left. Upon defeating all of the enemies and gun turrets in any given room, the power-core will eventually fire upon the player until it is destroyed. The boss of each of these levels is the same; a six-cored boss that has a swarm of troops and turrets initially followed by an alien creature. These types of level makes a return in Contra 4. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Arkanoid is an arcade game developed by Taito in 1986. ... Contra 4 is a 2D side-scrolling action game for the Nintendo DS. Chronologically, the plot takes place two years after Contra III: The Alien Wars and three years before Contra: Hard Corps, featuring the villain from the Game Boy title Operation C, the Black Viper. ...


Weapon system

The main characters begin the game with a simple rifle. Special weapon power-ups can be collected to increase the speed, damage, or size of the main characters' shots. This makes it easier to shoot enemies, but these power-ups are lost every time the player loses a life. The player's character respawns with the starting weapon. Each power-up is represented by an icon that resembles a red falcon. Most commonly power-ups appear via flying 'balloons', but they also appear in fixed locations as metal boxes emblazoned with the same logo. In the arcade version, the Machine Gun and Laser Gun are designed differently. For other uses, see Rifle (disambiguation). ... Power Up, the Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching Up is an organization with the stated mission to promote the visibility and integration of gay women in entertainment, the arts, and all forms of media. Power Up provided funding and assistance to the 2003 short film . ... For other uses, see Falcon (disambiguation). ...


Ports

The cover for the NES port.
The cover for the NES port.

The original game was ported as Gryzor to the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and Commodore 64 by Ocean Software for their release in Europe in 1988, with the Commodore 64 version also being released as Contra in North America by Konami. Konami itself ported the game in 1988 to the NES for a worldwide release and for PC MS-DOS for a North American release, and made in 1989 a MSX2 version released only in Japan. The NES version is famed for its use of the Konami Code, and is sometimes wrongfully credited as being the first to use it (the NES version of Gradius was the actual originator of the code). The gameplay remained generally unchanged from the arcade game. The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ... The Amstrad CPC was a series of 8-bit home computers produced by Amstrad during the 1980s and early 1990s. ... C-64 redirects here. ... The Ocean logotype had an often prominent placement on the box art. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... “NES” redirects here. ... This article is about the family of closely related operating systems for the IBM PC compatible platform. ... Sony MSX 1, Model HitBit-10-P MSX was the name of a standardized home computer architecture in the 1980s. ... The Konami Code The Konami Code (A.K.A. Contra Code) is a cheat code that can be used in many Konami video games, usually giving the player a large number of lives or fully charging up the abilities of the character. ... The Gradius series, first introduced in 1985, is a series of scrolling shooter video games published by Konami for a variety of portable, console and arcade platforms, and has since its inception become synonymous with the phrase Shoot the core! []. In many games in the series the player controls a...


The NES version of the game was included as part of the Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra released for PC Microsoft Windows in 2002. Windows redirects here. ...


Since November 8, 2006, a version of the original Contra is available as an Xbox Live Arcade download for the Xbox 360, costing 400 Microsoft Points ($5.00). This version of the game was also offered as a free reward through the Xbox Live Rewards program. Gamers could download the game for free if they raised their gamerscore by 1500 points between March 12 and April 22, 2007. [1] is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) is an online service operated by Microsoft that is used to distribute video games to Xbox and Xbox 360 owners and from late 2007 to Games for Windows - Live users [1]. The service was first launched in late 2004 and offers games from about US$5... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... Xbox Live is a subscription-based online gaming service for Microsofts Xbox and Xbox 360 video game consoles. ... is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Contra's arcade incarnation also appeared as one of the games in the Nintendo DS compilation Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits; the NES version of the game would later be seen as an unlockable bonus in the DS title Contra 4. The Nintendo DS (sometimes abbreviated NDS or more commonly DS) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ... Contra 4 is a 2D side-scrolling action game for the Nintendo DS. Chronologically, the plot takes place two years after Contra III: The Alien Wars and three years before Contra: Hard Corps, featuring the villain from the Game Boy title Operation C, the Black Viper. ...


Contra and its successors were heavily influenced by the action movies of the time, in particular Predator, Rambo and Aliens. The characters depicted on the cover for the North American version of Contra resemble Arnold Schwarzenegger as Alan "Dutch" Schaefer from Predator, and Sonny Landham as Billy Sole from Predator. Predator is a 1987 science fiction, action and horror film directed by John McTiernan and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura. ... This article is about the Sylvester Stallone character and films. ... Aliens is a 1986 science fiction movie directed by James Cameron and starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German IPA: ; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, Golden Globe-winning actor, businessman and politician currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... William M. Sonny Landham (born February 11, 1941 in Canton, Georgia) is an American movie actor and political candidate. ...


Arcade and home versions differences

  • Screen orientation: The arcade version was designed as a conversion kit; one arcade machine able to use several different ROM sets. Vertical kits sold much better than horizontal kits. Thus, the arcade version was left in vertical orientation, while all console and home versions utilize a horizontal orientation. The vertical orientation does not give the player much time or room to react, and thus increases the difficulty slightly.
  • Graphics and sound: The arcade version boasts much richer, colorful, and more detailed graphics. The same is true with the sound aspects, as the YM2151 sound chip allowed rich sound.
  • Level structures - The original arcade version features ten stages according to the promotional flyer, counting the two "homicide sensor" bosses after the base stages as separate stages. The final four stages in the game (the snowfield, the energy zone, the hangar and the alien lair) all take place in one continuous level. In the NES version, the two base stages were merged with their subsequent homicide sensor bosses and had their time limit removed, while the final four stages now take place in separate levels. The individual stages in the NES versions are also much longer than they were in the arcade version.
  • MSX2 levels: The MSX2 version features 11 new levels of which four are third-person levels (as opposed to two), two vertical scrolling cavern levels, two volcano levels, an enemy base and another alien lair. However, the hangar zone from the original is not present.

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Japanese releases

In Japan, third-party developers of Famicom games were allowed to use their own custom chips, in addition to the standard ones given by Nintendo. This was in contrast to North America, where only Nintendo's first-party mappers could be used. Konami took advantage of this situation by developing the VRC series of mappers for the Famicom. Contra made use of the VRC2 chip; its added effects are noticeable in comparison to the American NES version, with the presence of animated backgrounds with palm trees and snowfalls. The Famicom version also included additional cut-scenes between stages; a map displaying the player's progress and an opening sequence detailing the meaning of the Contra codename and the game's plot. There is also a secret message from Red Falcon after the closing credits that serves as a prelude for the next game in the series. The Famicom version also includes Sound Test and Stage Select codes, both ommitted from the NES release. Multi-Memory Controllers or Memory Management Controllers[1] (MMC) are different kinds of special chips designed by various video game developers for use in Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) cartridges. ... A Prelude is something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows after it. ...

MSX2 port
MSX2 port

Konami also released an MSX2 version of the game in Japan. While this version included several new stages, it has been criticized by fans. People have derided this port for its watered-down gameplay, addition of a health bar, lack of scrolling, limited number of enemies displayed simultaneously on-screen, substandard graphics, and most commonly, the lack of a two-player mode. The level structure of this port is also different from the original. There are many additional levels that are not present in the other version; four 3D view levels instead of two, two vertical scrolling cavern levels, two volcano levels, an enemy base (also with vertical scrolling), and another alien lair. However, the hangar zone from the original is not present. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... MSX2 may refer to: The second generation of the MSX home computers Homeo box homolog 2 Protein This article consisting of a 4-letter acronym or initialism is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... MSX2 may refer to: The second generation of the MSX home computers Homeo box homolog 2 Protein This article consisting of a 4-letter acronym or initialism is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ...


European and Australian releases

Left: The original human commandos in the Japanese and American versions of Contra for the NES. Right: Their robotic counterparts in the PAL version of the game.
Left: The original human commandos in the Japanese and American versions of Contra for the NES. Right: Their robotic counterparts in the PAL version of the game.

The NES version of Contra was released as Probotector in the PAL region. In this version the two main characters (and many enemies) were changed to robots - despite the fact the original arcade version and computer ports were released with their graphical content unchanged under the Gryzor title in those territories. One reason may be that Konami was concerned about worry over violent games in Europe; another theory is that they feared Germany's so-called "Bundesprüfstelle", an institution that watched media that they were made aware of to possibly forbid the selling of a game to people under 18 years. In the 1980s and 1990s, dozens of games in which people are killed in order to progress (e.g. Rambo III), were added to an index that meant they were not allowed to be advertised or displayed in stores, and they could be only bought on request by people over 18 years old. Relegation to this index would have meant commercial disaster. Television system by country The PAL region is a video game publication territory which covers Australia, New Zealand, and varying European countries. ... The Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien or BPjM (Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons) is an upper-level German federal agency subordinate to the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. ...


The game's immediate sequels, Super C for the NES and Contra III: The Alien Wars for the SNES, became Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces and Super Probotector: Alien Rebels respectively. The Game Boy versions also underwent similar conversion, with Operation C and Contra: The Alien Wars becoming Probotector and Probotector 2 respectively. Contra: Hard Corps for the Mega Drive, simply titled Probotector in the PAL region, was the final game to undergo this conversion. All subsequent Contra games would retain the Contra title and their human characters in their PAL localizations, beginning with Contra: Legacy of War for the PlayStation. Super Contra , The Aliens Counterattack) is the sequel to the smash hit Contra, developed by Konami and originally released in 1988 as an arcade game. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES (also called SNES and Super Nintendo) was a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, Australasia, and Brazil between 1990 and 1993. ... For the entire Game Boy series of handheld consoles, see Game Boy line. ... Operation C is an original scrolling shooter and platform game released in 1991 by Konami for the Nintendo Game Boy. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... For other uses, see PlayStation (disambiguation). ...


Legacy

Main article: Contra series

The arcade version was followed by a single sequel titled Super Contra in 1988. An NES version of Super Contra was released in the 1990, under the shortened title of Super C in North America. Contra, NES version 1988 The Contra series (魂斗羅 in Japanese) is a well-known line of run and gun shoot em up games created by Konami from 1987 through 2004. ... Super Contra , The Aliens Counterattack) is the sequel to the smash hit Contra, developed by Konami and originally released in 1988 as an arcade game. ... Notable events of 1988 in computer and video games. ... “NES” redirects here. ... 1990 1990 in games 1989 in video gaming 1991 in video gaming Notable events of 1990 in video gaming. ...


The NES versions of Contra and Super C were the first of many console-based games. The two games were followed by a spinoff titled Contra Force for the NES, as well as an original Game Boy installment titled Operation C. The Super NES-based Contra III: The Alien Wars was one of the most highly acclaimed titles for Nintendo's 16-bit console, due to revolutionary graphics including level bosses taking up large parts of the screen and Mode 7-effects never previously seen. Later the Sega Genesis got its fill of Contra with Contra: Hard Corps, which is widely considered as one of the best of the series. The Sony PlayStation installments Contra: Legacy of War (also released for Sega Saturn) and C: The Contra Adventure, developed by Hungarian company Appaloosa, are generally considered the most disappointing of the series, being completely in 3D and sporting awkward controls. However, the series saw a revival on the PlayStation 2 with Contra: Shattered Soldier and its follow-up Neo Contra which were both developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo. Contra 4, released in 2007 for the Nintendo DS, is the latest game in the series. Contra Force is a platform/scrolling shooter video game that was released in 1992 by Konami for the NES. The game is a spin-off of Konamis popular Contra. ... For the entire Game Boy series of handheld consoles, see Game Boy line. ... Operation C is an original scrolling shooter and platform game released in 1991 by Konami for the Nintendo Game Boy. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES (also called SNES and Super Nintendo) was a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, Australasia, and Brazil between 1990 and 1993. ... The term Mode 7 originated on the Super NES video game console, on which it describes a simple texture mapping graphics mode that allows a background layer to be rotated and scaled. ... Sega MegaDrive 2 European version with joypad, game cart + box Sega Mega Drive (Japanese: メガドライブ Mega Doraibu) was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega. ... Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. ... For other uses, see PlayStation (disambiguation). ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... For other uses, see Appaloosa (disambiguation). ... PS2 redirects here. ... Neo Contra ) is a video game that is part of the Contra series by Konami. ... Contra 4 is a 2D side-scrolling action game for the Nintendo DS. Chronologically, the plot takes place two years after Contra III: The Alien Wars and three years before Contra: Hard Corps, featuring the villain from the Game Boy title Operation C, the Black Viper. ... (NOTE: Some release dates listed are not global release dates. ... The Nintendo DS (sometimes abbreviated NDS or more commonly DS) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ...


The first level theme in the NES port of Contra remains one of the most recognizable pieces of video game music ever created. In the early 2000s, several bands started performing live and studio renditions of the song. The Minibosses as The Advantage too, covers the song along with several other classic tunes such as the theme from Metroid. A band has recently formed and started touring called Contraband; two of the members of the band play the NES version of Contra in a speed run fashion, while the other members of the band perform a live rendition of the song. A projector screen showing the gameplay action is superimposed on stage. [2]Also, the main theme played at the title screen is used in the beat for the Madlib-produced track "2 Brothers from the Gutter" by Percee P featuring Diamond D. Minibosses EP album cover. ... This article is about the first game in the series. ... A speedrun is a play-through of a computer or video game, the whole game or a selected part such as a single level of it, with the intent of completing it as quickly as possible. ... For the word game, see Mad Libs. ...


Konami Cheat Code

Main article: Konami Code

The famous Konami Code that allows the player to receive 30 lives per continue goes as follows: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A. Then the player would start the game by pressing Start for one player or Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select, Start for two players (although, the Select button can actually be pressed before the code is entered). The Konami Code The Konami Code (A.K.A. Contra Code) is a cheat code that can be used in many Konami video games, usually giving the player a large number of lives or fully charging up the abilities of the character. ...


Contra was not the first game to feature this famous code; it was actually the NES/Famicom port of Gradius, despite popular belief. Regardless, Contra popularized the Konami Code. The code was also used for thirty lives in Life Force. The Gradius series, first introduced in 1985, is a series of scrolling shooter video games published by Konami for a variety of portable, console and arcade platforms, and has since its inception become synonymous with the phrase Shoot the core! []. In many games in the series the player controls a... Salamander ) is a scrolling shooter arcade game developed by Konami in 1986. ...


Notes and references

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External links

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Konami was unquestionably the king of the genre, with Contra and Castlevania being as sure a bet in the early 1990s as the Dallas Cowboys.
Contra could easily pass for a first-generation PS2 game, complete with rough edges and low polygon counts in the enemy models.
It is often said that a game is greater than the sum of its parts, and this over-used thought is true of Contra as well.
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