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Contra III: The Alien Wars (Game Boy)

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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 Game Boy Title screen (Japanese version)
Contra III: The Alien Wars Game Boy Title Screen
Contra III: The Alien Wars Game Boy Level 3 (SGB)
Contra III: The Alien Wars Game Boy Title screen (European version)

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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The Press Says

Video Games & Computer Entertainment Jan, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Total! (Germany) Sep, 1994 1.75 out of 6 85
GamePro (US) Dec, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Dec, 1994 7.8 out of 10 78
Game Players Dec, 1994 60 out of 100 60

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Trivia

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

  • 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. )
quizzley7 (21221) added Contra III: The Alien Wars (Game Boy) on Jan 13, 2002
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