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WaveWarlock

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Like the title says, this thread is about everything Contra! Your Contra childhood memories, your favorites, the ones you hate, the ones you cherrish, you get the drill ;). And I might as well throw down my TOP 5 while I'm at it.

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1. Contra
2. Contra 4
3. Contra III: The Alien Wars
4. Contra II: Super C
5. Contra ReBirth

And I still have yet to play Contra II: Super C which to me looks incredibly bland and playing it safe compared to the original, not to mention the music sounds pretty weak as well...I'm still 50/50 on getting it on the Virtual Console. As for the original, one of the greatest and most amazing Nes titles period. I'll never forget that day when my mom came back from her vacation in Hawaii and she suprised me with a gift. It was freakin' CONTRA! :D. At the young age of 6, I remember holding the Contra Nes box in my hands staring down at it in amazement. That awesome bad Box art and silver/grey background had permanently been burnt into my mind. The music, the graphics, that first epic 3D-like enemy base stage, the frantic and epic boss battles, the weapons, the challenge and the unforgettable Konami code. Contra was and is legendary hehe.

As for Contra III, I've always hated the colorless mechanical industrial atmosphere, and the slightly darker and more serious tone it had going on. I wanted to go back to the jungle, but instead what we got were City's, streets and factories ect ect. Aside from that, it was a bit more arcadey than the original and faster paced. Where as the original and 4 are more in tune with each other and they're all about enemy placement and getting in that sweet spot to take down your enemy which felt a bit more strategic which I prefered. Contra III, while still a great game was just unapealing to me based on the reasons I mentioned above and I was just never crazy over it as a kid. Those overhead area's were pretty cool though back in the day.

Hardcorps was fun, But I hated the end of the world-like apocolyptic dark muddy visuals and the sound track was pretty damn forgettable and ear grating, but based on what I remeber it was even more fast paced than Contra III, the bosses were quirked out-crazy and the experience was tough as nails. Hell, visual wise it even made Contra III seem cheary and colorful in comparison.lol I wish it would make it's way to the VC, because it's been a long time since I've played it and I've never actually finished it.

And finally, there's Contra ReBirth....Which was too short, too easy and too uncreative. But it's still pretty fun and that first boss battle with that flying Caterpillar-like creature was a surreal feast to the eyes, but the rest of the bosses were just uncreative, lame and felt like Contra Boss rejects or crappier rehashes. And the unlimitied continues destroyed the chance at mastering the game, which made the experience far less satisfying, much easier and even shorter. The final Boss was also a pretty big letdown....I mean, THAT was it!? :o

Ah well, at least that part where you're hopping from robo camel to robo camel was pretty great! :p
Also, you can't forget about Shattered Soldier for the PS2, and there's even a new Contra game coming out for the PSN/XBOX Live called Contra Hard Corps: Uprising which is either a prequal or a sequal to the original Hard Corps. Either way it's looking pretty damn shnazzy if you dig the revamped flashy anime look it has going on. But I'm not exactly digging the fact that you have a health bar in it....Contra's all about the one hit kills which makes it all the more intense.

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Ok I have to say it

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select, Start.

Personally the only two I really likes was the first one and Super C. I didnt care for the SNES one and I really didnt play the others except for some one on NES that delt with terrorists instead of Aliens. It was kinda different from the other two games where as you played a squad of commandos each with a different weapon.

Contra is still one of my favorite games and almost everytime I go over to my moms house I have to sneak in a quick game. (She still has my old regular Nintendo that I gave her when I moves out since she played it more than I did).

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ITS TIME FOR REVENGE

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Tasuki wrote:

Ok I have to say it

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Select, Start.

Personally the only two I really likes was the first one and Super C. I didnt care for the SNES one and I really didnt play the others except for some one on NES that delt with terrorists instead of Aliens. It was kinda different from the other two games where as you played a squad of commandos each with a different weapon.

Contra is still one of my favorite games and almost everytime I go over to my moms house I have to sneak in a quick game. (She still has my old regular Nintendo that I gave her when I moves out since she played it more than I did).

Agreed. I was never a fan of Contra III either, and the same can be said about Hard Corps as well.
Contra 4 on the other hand retained that classic vibe and gameplay from the original and aside from Contra II: Super C, it felt like a TRUE sequal, where as Contra III and ReBirth are basically in the same territory while Hard Corps is pretty much like those 2 except it's in overdrive and amped up on Contra crack.lol

Anyways, do you any of you guys think Contra II: Super C is worth getting on the VC?

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Would you hate me, if I told you, I never played Contra.......

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WaveWarlock

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JumpMad wrote:

Would you hate me, if I told you, I never played Contra.......

Just a little. ;)
I'd tell you to get off your and buy the original Contra off the Wii's VC, but for some unholy mind boggling reason it's not on there. How in the hell does Contra II and III make it on there, but not the original?

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I'll be honest. I hated Contra when I was a kid. I really sucked at it and couldn't get past the first stage of the original.
It was fun to watch other people play though. As long as they were more skilled at it than me. In more recent years I started to gain some respect for the series and came to realize why it's so beloved. When Contra 4 on DS came out I decided to give it a try to see what all the fuss was about. That decision changed my whole outlook. I soon became obsessed and bought Super C and Contra 3 on VC and finally mastered them. Then came Contra Rebirth and I had to have that one too. I spent alot of years in the Dark about why people like these games so much. Now I know why.

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Link79 wrote:

I'll be honest. I hated Contra when I was a kid. I really sucked at it and couldn't get past the first stage of the original.
It was fun to watch other people play though. As long as they were more skilled at it than me. In more recent years I started to gain some respect for the series and came to realize why it's so beloved. When Contra 4 on DS came out I decided to give it a try to see what all the fuss was about. That decision changed my whole outlook. I soon became obsessed and bought Super C and Contra 3 on VC and finally mastered them. Then came Contra Rebirth and I had to have that one too. I spent alot of years in the Dark about why people like these games so much. Now I know why.

That's exactly how I felt about Castlevania when I was growing up. :p I used to watch my friends play the original back in the Nes days but I just never for some reason had the interest in playing it, or the sequals. Yet almost 3 years ago I finally experienced the original Castlevania on the VC and I just loved it, then SCIV and it totaly blew me out of the water.

Castlevania aside, have you played the original Contra yet? If you loved Contra 4 than you'd easily fall in love with the original. It is included as a bonus along with Super C on Contra 4, but playing the original Contra on a handheld just isn't the same...

Anyways, has anyone here played Contra Shattered Soldier for the PS2?

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@ Waveboy
Yeah I played the original Contra. When I unlocked it on Contra 4 that was the first time I ever owned it. I still have trouble beating the two Nes games without cheating though. I usually barely scrape by with 5 lives. I still can't figure out why the bloody hell the original isn't on VC. It really makes no sense.
The only ones I haven't played yet are Contra Hard Corps and the PS2 games.

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CONTRAAAAAAAA

I love Contra: Hard Corps. It is so amazing. I finished it with my brother. I tried it again a few days ago and died on the first stage. MANLY.

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Contra is fun, but I never got to own any of the Contra games. I might buy Rebirth tonight though, but Im leaning more towards Castlevania Rebirth.

Of course, in Europe it was known as Probotector for a long time. However, I never understood why everyone calls them inferior versions, since all they do is replace humans with robots. In fact, Rambo-robots shooting the heck out of everything is as cool concept as the original.

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TheChosen wrote:

Contra is fun, but I never got to own any of the Contra games. I might buy Rebirth tonight though, but Im leaning more towards Castlevania Rebirth.

Of course, in Europe it was known as Probotector for a long time. However, I never understood why everyone calls them inferior versions, since all they do is replace humans with robots. In fact, Rambo-robots shooting the heck out of everything is as cool concept as the original.

I'd say go for Castlevania ReBirth first, it's the better game imo. Once I finished ReBirth i was basically like "What!? That was it?" I felt like a payed a bit too much for what I got and when the experience was over i felt completely unsatisfied. Yes there's fun to be had, and it's great that ReBirth goes back to more of a colorful, vibrant and eye popping look, but the unlimitied continues made it too easy and it never gave you that chance to master the earlier levels by starting over again from the beginning again and again. It also made the experience feel much shorter, there arent that many stages to begin with so adding in unlimited continues just makes the expierence even quicker to finish.

They should of threw in a couple more more stages like a Jungle and maybe a water-based stage. I also would of added in the option to have 'limited' continues, and finally once you see the final Boss I guarantee you'll be insanely dissapointed. :p
That was another big let down.lol

Contra Rebirth to me is a 7/10. While I'd give Castlevania ReBirth an 8.5/10

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And screw it, I'm getting Contra II: Super C on the VC. This awesome commercial made it all too tempting muhaha. :)

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Contra was one of my favorite NES games because of the co-op play. The Snow Field was the furthest I could advance without using the Konami Code. I would always die from the bombs or not tapping the buttons fast enough to destory the vehicles. Pumping the alien heart with bullets was a great way to end the game.

Hard Corps was my favorite of the series. The boss battles were very memorable, especially the giant robot on the the train level. I also liked the fast tempo music, wacky story and the multiple endings. I had an adrenaline rush after playing this game because the action was so over the top.

Shattered Soldier was the hardest game I ever experienced. Advancing to the next stage is a long and painful process of memorization, (not fun). I really like the mudane color palette and dirty detailed art design. I think this art style suits the Contra series more then the clean, bright, anime graphics from the upcoming Hard Corps: Uprising.

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ITS TIME FOR REVENGE

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Seems that NL is lacking in the Contra fan department. :p
What, are the games too hard for ya? hehe.

Anyways, list your Favorite to least favorite Contra games that you've played. All 5 of you! :p

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1. Contra III: The Alien Wars (SNES)
2. Contra (NES)
3. Super C (NES)
4. Contra ReBirth
5. Contra 4

Imagine Contra: Hard Corps will be on my list if it ever comes out on VC

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I guess I shouldn't hold my breath for Hard Corps or anything else from Konami on VC. They've just about completely abandoned the Wii, VC and otherwise. Only one Konami game scheduled on Wii the entire year at GameFAQs. Only VC game I see on there is TNMT II: Arcade Game listed as a "future" release, but it's been up there for ages. Konami's working on several DS and 3DS games, though, including Contra for 3DS! Maybe we'll see some Konami stuff on 3DS VC.

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BetelgeuseWC77 wrote:

1. Contra III: The Alien Wars (SNES)
2. Contra (NES)
3. Super C (NES)
4. Contra ReBirth
5. Contra 4

Imagine Contra: Hard Corps will be on my list if it ever comes out on VC

Ahhh, why so low for Contra 4? Yet like Sonic 4, the '4' as in being a true sequal is missleading. Contra 4 is basically a mash up between Contra and Contra III, yet in the gameplay style of the original. They might as well of called it Contra ULTRA mega mix. Anyways, it's an awesome game but I wouldn't exactly call it original, it's more like a super homage to the original and then some.o

As for Contra III, if only the atmosphere were different. Again, I hated the mechanical, industrial and colorloss Mr.serious buisness environments. But I can't deny that it's a great game, it's just that aspect of it for me is competely unappealing. But at least that Giant Massive evil turtle from the first stage was killer! :p And I enjoyed those over the head parts of the game.....Well, the first two anyways. But in no way do they compare to the original Contra and even Contra 4's 3D-like Base areas. The original's was amazing back in the day.

And yes, I'm dieing for Hard Corps to hit the VC! What's wrong with Konami, don't they realise that it would be a big hit? Don't they want to make alittle so called thing called 'money'?lol Hell TMNT II: The Arcade game and 'especially' TMNT Turtles in time would be a massive hit! Why in the hell would they abandon the VC when they still have some killer games up their sleaves? And the process is probably so simple, yet nothing is getting done.

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