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The Famicom/NES versions of Contra are an expanded port of the arcade version, developed in-house. The biggest difference is that the levels are restructured and significantly longer, with stages 5 through 8 being derived from and expanded from areas in the arcade version's final stage. The plot is altered as well, being set in the year 1987 in the Amazon, rather than 2633 in the Galuga archipelago. Weapons are slightly different in function and frequency, and the Konami Code makes a famous appearance. The Famicom version has additional graphical effects and between-mission cut-scenes not seen in the NES version.


Contra NES Dead boss's body. Next!
Contra NES Waterfall level
Contra NES Higher and higher...
Contra NES Lance: "The base's interior defense system has been activated. Better destroy it quickly..."

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Alternate Titles

  • "Probotector" -- European NES title

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User Reviews

Congratulations! You've designed the best run-and-gun platformer in the universe. Consider yourselves heroes. J. P. Gray (120) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
20 years later, Contra still shines like a brand new shell casing. DarkBubble (376) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A freaking good old action shooter Bregalad (968) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
If you haven't played this game yet, I feel sorry for you. Jeff Koerner (38) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Contra, No Iran ETJB (450) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Video Game Den Apr 16, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
NES Player 2001 5 out of 5 100
The Video Game Critic Oct 31, 2005 A 100
Retroage Feb 06, 2009 9.7 out of 10 97
Joystick (French) Apr, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 28, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Mar, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Nintendojo Apr 21, 2005 8.8 out of 10 88
Mean Machines Jan, 1991 73 out of 100 73


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The cranky hermit (575) added Contra (NES) on Nov 20, 2017