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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.


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Contra NES Waterfall level

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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 (967) 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

HonestGamers Mar 19, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Video Game Den Apr 16, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
1UP! May 11, 2002 92 out of 100 92
MaXoE Games 2000 9 out of 10 90
NES Times Jul 27, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Mar, 1991 88 out of 100 88 Jun 23, 2017 8 out of 10 80 Jun 05, 2017 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1991 7 out of 12 58
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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The cranky hermit (2245) added Contra (NES) on Nov 20, 2017