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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 This crazy boss fires several fireballs at me
Contra NES Dead boss's body. Next!
Contra NES A map of Galuga shows your current position in the game.
Contra NES Destroy those square things -sometimes they drop items that will power-up your weapon

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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

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
Retro Game Reviews Dec 27, 2014 10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars10 Stars 100
1UP! May 11, 2002 92 out of 100 92
Joystick (French) Apr, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Random Access Dec 24, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Mar, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Nintendojo Apr 21, 2005 8.8 out of 10 88
GamesCollection Aug 12, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85


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The cranky hermit (593) added Contra (NES) on Nov 20, 2017