Konami's Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX has been rated by the Australian Classification Board and should arrive on the Wii U in the near future as a Virtual Console download.

This is a loose port of the SNES classic Contra III: The Alien Wars and originally hit the Game Boy Advance in 2002. In Japan, it was known as Contra: Hard Spirits.

It's far from a straight conversion of the 16-bit classic, however; the screen-clearing Mega Bombs have been removed, as has the dual-wield ability which was so handy on the SNES. These omissions are balanced somewhat by the fact that the player can now lock their character's aim while moving, and is also given a opportunity to revert to their previous weapon after picking up a fresh one. Also, the SNES' iconic Mode 7 stages are nowhere to be seen, and have been substituted with two levels from the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive title Contra: Hard Corps.

It's not quite as essential as the SNES version then, but still a nice little extra for fans of the series — and this Virtual Console release should go down well with Game Boy Advance owners who played it back in 2002. Are you one of them? Let us know with a comment.

[via nintendoeverything.com]