Konami's Contra arcade game gets another mobile version, looks as punishing as ever

Konami's Contra arcade game gets another mobile version, looks as punishing as ever
Ah, Contra — probably one of the most memorable arcades from the late 80s. If you've owned a NES console throughout the 90s, you are undoubtedly acquainted with this Konami classic and have probably spent dozens of sleepless hours trying to beat the punishing bosses. Well, the publisher has now teamed up with game developer Tencent to recreate another rendition of the shooter for mobile devices.

Late last year, reports came out saying that Konami will be releasing a new mobile version of Contra in China. Now, a few months after, we get a fresh new trailer, showcasing the game. It seems to retain a lot of the old level design, gameplay mechanics, and bosses, but with fully remade graphics. Unfortunately, however, there's no confirmation on whether or not the title will be internationally available. A few years ago, there was a Contra: Evolution game, which was a mobile remaster of the classic arcade only available in China. Let's hope that this time around the rest of the world will get a taste, too.

Reports are also confirming that the game will have microtransactions — it could possibly even be built on the freemium model, considering Konami's track record. The company has been widely hissed by devout gamers recently due to reports suggesting it plans to move away from AAA console games to freemium mobile titles, allegedly because the company sees more potential for profits from in-app purchases than from risky, expensive high-profile games.

If your thumbs are itching for some arcade gaming on your mobile device, we find this a good time to suggest you look into some controllers for your smartphone or tablet.



via: Android Authority

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19 Comments

1. cleatglitch

Posts: 158; Member since: May 25, 2013

o back in da days...flip flip jump shoot

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yeah, pretty much the same move all around. It's all in a loop to beat the boss :D I even cheated to get unlimited lives. Forgot the code now :D

4. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

see post 2

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Haha...you got it!

19. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

You.forgot.the.code. Who are you

2. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

up up down down left right left right b a select start

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

.... lol, same code for all their games... oddly enough I never tried it for Contra. Damn, I hated that game, it was too hard for me. lol

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Contra is the one that made it famous. If you use the code on the title screen you get 30 lives instead of 3. Select is optional, you only use that if you want 2 players instead of one.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, well I used it for the Ninja Turtle arcade game for the NES. 9 lives and level select. Damn, I loved that game, just thinking about it makes me want to play it again.... after 20 years of not even giving it a single thought.

7. tokuzumi

Posts: 1827; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Androud Authority?

8. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Good. Now bring back battle toads without screwing it up into a freemium game.

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Hopefully it isn't as terrible as Contra Evolution was. I will check it out but I am not a fan of Konami's mobile games.

11. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Had the european version "Probotector", one my favourite games of all time. Co-op was wonderful, but much harder than single play.

12. emcdonald75

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

My favorite was Contra: Hard Corps for the Sega Genesis. That game was hard as heck to beat but so much fun!!!

14. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Imagine how hard with touch controls?

15. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

My friend and I used to play that all the time together. Playing 2-man at the same time was so fun.

16. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Awesome. Bring it on! Played it on Android recently, but a controller is a must.

17. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I'd prefer a Midnight Resistance remake.

18. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Love playing these in emulators on my Surface Pro 2...

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