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Operation C is a Game Boy sequel to the popular NES titles Contra and Super C and is, essentially, a side-scrolling shooter. You play a Rambo-esque character that goes around shooting everything in sight, collecting weapon upgrades and bonuses.

The game introduces the character of Black Viper to the series' oft-jumbled continuity. Black Viper would later return in the Nintendo DS title, Contra 4, as the primary villain.

The game features only five levels, two of which are played from an overhead perspective similar to Super C. Operation C is also notable in featuring the upgradable Spread Gun (from three to five shots) and introducing the Hunter Gun.

There is also the occasional platform element such as jumping puzzles, moving platforms etc., and the mandatory end-level boss.


Operation C Game Boy Another mid-boss
Operation C Game Boy Catch this!
Operation C Game Boy Japanese title screen
Operation C Game Boy This boss is pretty tough if you, like me, would have just 1 life left

Alternate Titles

  • "Probotector" -- European title
  • "Contra" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Bad conversion of a real classic. Tomer Gabel (4354) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
An instant classic Elliot H (12) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

VideoGame Jun, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) May, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Mean Machines Mar, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Feb, 1991 36 out of 40 90
Player One Nov, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Nintendo Life Aug 14, 2009 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Total! (Germany) Jun, 1996 2 out of 6 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1991 9.6 out of 12 80
Portable Review Sep 21, 2006 29 out of 40 72
Interface 1992 62 out of 100 62


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In Germany, the player charakter is replaced by a cyborg/robot, like in every Contra-game in Germany. Also the name "Contra" is replaced by "Probotector"

Related Web Sites

  • Contra Encyclopedia page for Operation C (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 Game Boy game Contra. Content includes game info/descriptions, plot summaries, various kinds of media (images, MP3s, etc.) and links to other Contra-related sites. )
Tomer Gabel (4354) added Operation C (Game Boy) on Jun 11, 2001