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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.

Screenshots

Contra 4 Nintendo DS Level 2 starts out in a lab. Watch out for mutants dropping from the upper screen.
Contra 4 Nintendo DS This boss might initially appear tough, but once you figure out his pattern - he's a pushover. Just don't get greedy.
Contra 4 Nintendo DS Mmm - pretty! The reflective-ish, distortion-producing water is especially nice.
Contra 4 Nintendo DS Fighting the level 1 boss... looking exactly like the boss from the original arcade game.

Alternate Titles

  • "Contra: Dual Spirits" -- Japanese title

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The Press Says

Gaming Target Dec 13, 2007 9.1 out of 10 91
GamingExcellence Jan 07, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Thunderbolt Games Dec 07, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Skizo.org Jan 06, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gemakei (formerly Zentendo) Dec 29, 2007 9 out of 10 90
EL33TONLINE Jul 25, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamer.nl Mar 20, 2008 8 out of 10 80
NGamer Jan 13, 2008 7.9 out of 10 79
Game Critics Aug 20, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
UOL Jogos Dec 05, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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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