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Contra III: The Alien Wars

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MobyRank MobyScore
SNES
91
4.1
Arcade
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Game Boy
78
3.7
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Description

The hideous Red Falcon, thought to have been destroyed long ago by the Earth's greatest commandos, Mad Dog and Scorpion, has risen again, this time very angry and thirsty for revenge. His armies are marching through the cities, across the lands, with the intention of exterminating the human race like a bad case of fleas. Two commandos, Jimbo and Sully, have come forth now to defeat Red Falcon and save what remains of the world from his hideous plans.

The Alien War is the third entry in the Contra series. Like its predecessors, it is a predominantly side-scrolling shooter with a heavy emphasis on action. The protagonist can carry two weapons (as opposed to one in the previous entries), and fire in eight directions when standing still. New abilities include climbing on walls, grabbing poles and navigating tanks. Parts of scenery can be destroyed.

In a few instances the protagonist will also participate in motorcycle changes. Two stages have a top-down view and are played differently than the side-scrolling levels, with more freedom of exploration and the necessity to complete mission objectives rather than simply advance in one direction and kill all the enemies.

Screenshots

Contra III: The Alien Wars SNES Level 3
Contra III: The Alien Wars SNES Breathtaking effects!
Contra III: The Alien Wars Game Boy Level 2 (SGB)
Contra III: The Alien Wars SNES European Title

Alternate Titles

  • "魂斗羅スピリッツ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Super Probotector: The Alien Rebels" -- European SNES title
  • "Probotector 2" -- European Game Boy title
  • "Contra: The Alien Wars" -- US Game Boy title
  • "Contra Spirits" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

A magnificent pinnacle in videogame-history! SNES Jay the Avenger (10)
Great 2-player game! SNES DudeOfMonson (106)

The Press Says

Power Play SNES May, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Game Zero SNES Jun, 1992 89 out of 100 89
Jeuxvideo.com Wii Jul 22, 2009 17 out of 20 85
The DOS Spirit SNES Dec 23, 2012 5 out of 6 83
Cubed3 SNES Sep 27, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Mag'64 Wii Aug 31, 2009 8 out of 10 80
IGN Wii Jan 29, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jun 09, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Dec, 1994 7.8 out of 10 78
Game Players Game Boy Dec, 1994 60 out of 100 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The SNES version of Contra III: The Alien Wars appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

European version

For the European release all humans were redrawn as robots.

Explosion

During the airstrike on the first stage, the explosion plays the Contra III theme.

Information also contributed by Foozies

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 SNES game Contra III: The Alien Wars. Content includes game info/descriptions, plot summaries, various kinds of media (images, MP3s, etc.) and links to other Contra-related sites.)
  • The Contra Headquarters (A hosted fan "shrine" site devoted to all the games of the Contra series, including the Game Boy game Contra: The Alien Wars. Content includes game info/descriptions, plot summaries, various kinds of media (images, MP3s, etc.) and links to other Contra-related sites. )
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