Best Contra Games On Nintendo Systems

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Contra is one in all a handful of franchises which have turn into fully synonymous with gaming; certainly, likelihood is if you have not performed any Contra video games, you then’ll have no less than heard of them. Konami’s shoot-em-up behemoth might have misplaced a number of its luster in recent times (just about par for the course with Konami today, it appears, save for some glorious retro collections), however its earlier iterations have turn into iconic in their very own proper.

From the unique Contra in 1988 all the best way as much as Contra: Rogue Corps in 2019, the collection has not often strayed from its comparatively easy method — run by means of a bunch of linear ranges and shoot up a bunch of dangerous guys — however that is arguably its greatest draw. In an age the place gaming is extra advanced than ever, Contra is a unbelievable reminder that you do not want a boatload of options to make a cracking recreation.

So, very similar to our different reader-ranked polls, we requested you high-quality folks to charge your favourite Contra video games on Nintendo platforms from the record under.

If you missed the voting section, then don’t be concerned! The record under is robotically up to date in real-time in keeping with every recreation’s corresponding ‘User Rating’ on the Nintendo Life recreation database. This means which you could affect the order proper nowif you want, by clicking on the star subsequent to every recreation and awarding it our personal rating.

So equip your self with a Spread Shot and let’s try the perfect Contra video games on Nintendo programs!

Note. Yes, we have included the Anniversary Collection for completeness’ sake – for those who’re not eager on collections being included in our rankings, then merely faux it is not there; the remainder of the record will nonetheless be in the identical order!

Contra: Rogue Corps (Switch)

Contra: Rogue Corps (Switch)

Publisher: Konami / Developer: Konami

Release Date: twenty fourth Sep 2019 (USA) / twenty sixth Sep 2019 (UK/EU)

Contra’s high-profile return to trendy platforms landed with extra of a whimper than a bang. Contra: Rogue Corps swaps out the side-scrolling shoot-em-up motion for top-down twinstick gameplay; the issue is it is simply not very enjoyable to play. The capturing mechanics are far too inaccurate and the muddy textures and low decision make for an unsightly expertise on the Switch. There are some good concepts right here, however Rogue Corps is much from the Contra rebirth we had been hoping for.

Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX (GBA)

Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX (GBA)

Publisher: Konami / Developer: Konami

Release Date: third Nov 2002 (USA) / twenty first Feb 2003 (UK/EU)

Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX definitely looks like a neat concept in idea; one of many best shoot-em-ups of all time on a conveyable machine? Neat! In follow, nevertheless, Contra Advance introduces various compromises to the expertise that make it less-than-ideal: blockier sprites; washed out visuals; downgraded audio high quality. It all provides up, making this one a troublesome advice when the SNES model of Alien Wars is so available.

Arcade Archives Contra (Switch eShop)

Arcade Archives Contra (Switch eShop)

Publisher: HAMSTER / Developer: Konami

Release Date: third Sep 2020 (USA)

Part of the ‘Arcade Archives’ line-up on Switch, Contra is the unique arcade title by means of and thru, warts ‘n’ all. Its purity and ease are maybe its best options at the moment, however subsequent Contra titles have arguably trumped it when it comes to high quality and replayability. Still, it is price trying out on Switch, though we would most likely suggest the extra rounded providing obtainable within the Contra Anniversary Collection.

Contra: The Alien Wars (GB)

Contra: The Alien Wars (GB)

Publisher: Konami / Developer: Factor 5

Release Date: Oct 1994 (USA) / 1995 (UK/EU)

A Game Boy model of the SNES authentic, this was developed by Factor 5, the studio behind the Super Turrican video games on the Super Nintendo and the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron collection. The ranges and total construction had been altered and a password system was added however it nonetheless manages to ship a serviceable recreation of Contra on a system with the processing energy of a modern-day toaster.

Operation C (GB)

Operation C (GB)

Publisher: Konami / Developer: Konami

Release Date: fifth Feb 1991 (USA) / twenty first May 1992 (UK/EU)

This is indubitably a Contra recreation (or Probotector for those who’re a robot-loving European) extra worthy of its title than, say, sure PlayStation entries. It hits on a lot of the facets that make a very good entry: difficult gameplay, tight controls, various enemies, killer arsenal, macho tunes, huge bosses. For a title two years into the mighty moveable’s lifespan, it accomplishes a powerful quantity in shrinking the necessities of the beloved console/arcade collection. Sadly, gamers are pressured to go gung-ho solo, which is disheartening for multiplayer followers and kills a few of its longevity, however it’s outstanding simply how properly the sport holds up on the common-or-garden Game Boy and followers of the NES video games could be silly to cross this up.

Contra: Hard Corps (MD)

Contra: Hard Corps (MD)

Publisher: Konami / Developer: Konami

Release Date: eighth Aug 1994 (USA) / Nov 1994 (UK/EU)

Available as a part of the NSO Expansion Pack — and thus technically obtainable to play on a Nintendo console exterior of the Contra Anniversary Collection — Contra: Hard Corps represented the SEGA console debut of the collection and represented a little bit of a spin-off vibe when it comes to setting and characters. Although maybe not simple to understand for individuals who have encountered this solely within the Contra Anniversary Collection, it made some notable modifications in management scheme and gameplay mechanics from its predecessors.

An glorious entry, it definitely stands out as an inspiration for some modern-day ‘neo-retro’ run and gun video games, too.

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