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Contra 4 (Nintendo DS)

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Description

Contra 4 for the Nintendo DS is a direct sequel to 1994 SNES Contra III: Alien Wars. Two years after the defeat of Red Falcon - the first wave of the alien colonization fleet, the main invading force Black Viper approaches Earth. The heroes of the original Contra series - Billy Rizer and Lance Bean as well as two newcomers - Mad Dog and Scorpion are now humanity's last line of defense against total annihilation.

This installment of the long-running series adds dual screen gameplay, enabling the player a wider view, and a 2-player co-op mode via local Wi-Fi connection. Each player is now given two weapon slots which can be filled with any one of the game's many weapon power-ups and switched at will with a press of a shoulder button. The game features nine levels set in such classic Contra locations as Jungle, Waterfall and a pseudo-3D Base. As a bonus, the cartridge contains an illustrated history of Contra, as well as the Contra and Super C original NES games.

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Contra 4 Nintendo DS Level end boss in the Base stage. Kinda lame if you ask me. At least on the original he had multiple phases and some kind of protection turrets.
Contra 4 Nintendo DS Fighting the level 1 boss... looking exactly like the boss from the original arcade game.
Contra 4 Nintendo DS This boss might initially appear tough, but once you figure out his pattern - he's a pushover. Just don't get greedy.
Contra 4 Nintendo DS This is as close to a 3D stage as you will ever get in Contra 4

Alternate Titles

  • "Contra: Dual Spirits" -- Japanese title

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The Press Says

Gaming since 198x Feb 17, 2009 5 out of 5 100
Game Shark Dec 18, 2007 A- 91
Pixel-Heroes.de Jul 23, 2008 9 out of 10 90
NintendoWorldReport Nov 19, 2007 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de Jan 16, 2008 85 out of 100 85
Kombo.com Dec 04, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Modojo Nov 20, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamer.nl Mar 20, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Lawrence Jan 16, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jan 10, 2008 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Contra 4 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #7 Nintendo DS Game of the Year

Related Web Sites

  • Contra Encyclopedia (Fan site dedicated to the official games in the Contra series. All versions of each game are covered. Information includes release dates, detailed game descriptions, regional differences, lots of trivia and interesting information about the games' developmental stages. There is also plenty of screenshots, links and additional resources)
DarkFalzX (4689) added Contra 4 (Nintendo DS) on Nov 19, 2007