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When there's a hideous alien race, mad terrorist army, or just some general madman scumball to be eliminated, there's only one team to do the job: the Hard Corps.

Now some madman military commander has stolen an alien cell; a remainder of the Alien Wars. He plans on using the cell to resurrect and clone Red Falcon, the most dangerous alien ever to exist! If he wins, the world as we know it is history!

The Hard Corps must stop his plans from being set into motion and destroy that alien cell before the Earth is destroyed!


Contra Hard Corps Genesis A short introduction before each mission
Contra Hard Corps Genesis You need outstanding reflexes to beat the bosses, they're extremely tough.
Contra Hard Corps Genesis Some levels have innovative gameplay. This boss is chasing you, running on the freeway with attacks from all sides.
Contra Hard Corps Genesis The boss of the first level

Promo Images

Contra Hard Corps Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "魂斗羅 ザ・ハードコア" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Probotector" -- European title
  • "Contra: The Hard Corps" -- Japanese title
  • "콘트라 하드코어" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

Too much Action, even for Bruce Willis Othello Picklehammer (12) unrated

Critic Reviews

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Sep 18, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Insomnia Dec 10, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Quebec Gamers Aug 04, 2005 9.4 out of 10 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Nov, 1994 92 out of 100 92
GamesCollection Feb 18, 2008 9 out of 10 90 Oct 11, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Nov, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jul 03, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Megablast Sep, 1994 87 out of 100 87
Retroage Sep 05, 2009 7.7 out of 10 77


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European version

The European versions of Contra Hard Corps had been vastly censored and altered. There are no human characters in the European version, for one. Everyone's a robot. Plus, the story has been changed to just some mad robot trying to take over the world.

Increased difficulty

The Japanese original allows the player characters to take three hits before dying. This was removed in the American and European releases, resulting in a more difficult game. There are unofficial patches for use with a ROM file that address this and offer other improvements.


  • During the sound test, you can find a tune named Simon 1994 AD. This is actually a hyped-up, overhauled version of Vampire Killer from Konami's Castlevania.
  • There is also a secret area in level 3 (The Junkyard), where you must fight three robots. One of them is a super-deformed Simon Belmont-like robot. Right before he comes out, he whips a candle that gives him a fish, which he uses like a boomerang.


  • GameFan
    • 1994 (Vol.3, Iss.1) - Overall Action/Arcade Game of the Year
    • 1994 (Vol.3, Iss.1) - Best Genesis Action/Arcade Game of the Year
    • 1994 (Vol.3, Iss.1) - Best Genesis Two-Player Game of the Year
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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)
  • The Contra Headquarters (A hosted fan "shrine" site devoted to all the games of the Contra series, including the Sega Genesis game Contra: Hard Corps. Content includes game info/descriptions, plot summaries, various kinds of media (images, MP3s, etc.) and links to other Contra-related sites. )
Satoshi Kunsai (2074) added Contra Hard Corps (Genesis) on Jun 08, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Kam1Kaz3NL77 (459008)
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