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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 Ain't she pretty?
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 Zombies explode if not disposed of quick enough.
Contra 4 Nintendo DS This short scene is as annoying as it is pretty. It stands between you and the action, and every time you restart the game (and it will happen often) - you have to watch it.

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
Pixel-Heroes.de Jul 23, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Skizo.org Jan 06, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Nov 21, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2008 8.75 out of 10 88
Nintendojo Dec 04, 2007 8.6 out of 10 86
Game Revolution Feb 12, 2008 B+ 83
IGN Nov 13, 2007 8 out of 10 80
1UP Nov 15, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Critics Aug 20, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75

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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 (4723) added Contra 4 (Nintendo DS) on Nov 19, 2007