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Contra Hard Corps (Genesis)

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Description

When there's a hideous alien race, mad terrorist army, or just some general madman scumball to be eliminated, there's only one team to do the job: the Hard Corps.

Now some madman military commander has stolen an alien cell; a remainder of the Alien Wars. He plans on using the cell to resurrect and clone Red Falcon, the most dangerous alien ever to exist! If he wins, the world as we know it is history!

The Hard Corps must stop his plans from being set into motion and destroy that alien cell before the Earth is destroyed!

Screenshots

Contra Hard Corps Genesis City under siege!
Contra Hard Corps Genesis This boss just leaped on top of the train: remarkable animations.
Contra Hard Corps Genesis Title screen
Contra Hard Corps Genesis You need outstanding reflexes to beat the bosses, they're extremely tough.

Alternate Titles

  • "魂斗羅 ザ・ハードコア" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Probotector" -- European title
  • "Contra: The Hard Corps" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Too much Action, even for Bruce Willis Othello Picklehammer (12) unrated

The Press Says

Insomnia Dec 10, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
HonestGamers Sep 18, 2004 10 out of 10 100
GamePro (US) Nov, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Retrogaming History Nov 06, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95
Quebec Gamers Aug 04, 2005 9.4 out of 10 94
Mean Machines Nov, 1994 94 out of 100 94
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Nov, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jul 03, 2005 9 out of 10 90
That Gaming Site Nov 30, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
The Video Game Critic Oct 18, 2007 C- 42

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Trivia

European version

The European versions of Contra Hard Corps had been vastly censored and altered. There are no human characters in the European version, for one. Everyone's a robot. Plus, the story has been changed to just some mad robot trying to take over the world.

Increased difficulty

The Japanese original allows the player characters to take three hits before dying. This was removed in the American and European releases, resulting in a more difficult game. There are unofficial patches for use with a ROM file that address this and offer other improvements.

References

  • During the sound test, you can find a tune named Simon 1994 AD. This is actually a hyped-up, overhauled version of Vampire Killer from Konami's Castlevania.
  • There is also a secret area in level 3 (The Junkyard), where you must fight three robots. One of them is a super-deformed Simon Belmont-like robot. Right before he comes out, he whips a candle that gives him a fish, which he uses like a boomerang.

Awards

  • GameFan
    • 1994 (Vol.3, Iss.1) - Overall Action/Arcade Game of the Year
    • 1994 (Vol.3, Iss.1) - Best Genesis Action/Arcade Game of the Year
    • 1994 (Vol.3, Iss.1) - Best Genesis Two-Player Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Big John WV and CaptainCanuck

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)
  • The Contra Headquarters (A hosted fan "shrine" site devoted to all the games of the Contra series, including the Sega Genesis game Contra: Hard Corps. Content includes game info/descriptions, plot summaries, various kinds of media (images, MP3s, etc.) and links to other Contra-related sites. )
Satoshi Kunsai (1816) added Contra Hard Corps (Genesis) on Jun 08, 2002