Konami’s Contra is a solid addition to Xbox Live Arcade, but it is simply just not the version of the game most of us will expect and prefer. Instead of delivering the NES build of the game, we are given the coin-op version that is designed to take quarters from your pocket, meaning it’s quite difficult, and without the thirty-lives code it gets frustrating very quickly. However, since we've confirmed that the code does work, you will definitely want to make use of it. Hopefully, there will be a patch in the near future that clears up some of the online multiplayer problems that have been reported with players losing connections during matches. Until then, anyone interested in checking Contra out on XBLA should definitely download the trial before making the decision to purchase the game for 400 Microsoft points.