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Release year: 1988 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Konami
Super Contra (NES)
Super Contra (AKA Super C, Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces or スーパー魂斗羅 エイリアンの逆襲 Sūpā Kontora: Eirian no Gyakushū in Japan) is a 2D action run and gun video game developed by Konami for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1988. This game is the sequel to the successful Contra game and is part of the popular Contra series, where you can also find Contra 3: The Alien Wars for the SNES.
Since Super Contra is a sequel to the original Contra, the story is set one year after winning the battle against the Red Falcon Organization. Lance and Bill are given a new mission. They have to take down the alien forces that have invaded a military base. The players must fight against armies of mutated alien creatures as they progress through their mission.
Super Contra is not hard to play. You just have to jump, duck, shoot, and run. If an enemy appears, just shoot it, and if it shoots you, just avoid the shots. Most of the stages are simple, but if you lose all your lives, then the game is over.
Although there are two stages that features an overhead perspective, Super Contra retains the original side-scrolling format of the previous game. If you get tired from the usual missions, then you can play the thrilling co-op mode, but with the bosses in each level, you’re sure to get hooked in all the shooting and spinning action.
Super Contra for the NES has five stages that are set in a jungle, an alien’s lair, and a military base. Levels 2 and 5 feature the pseudo-3d perspective while levels 1, 3, and 4 employ the side-scrolling format. In each stage, you must make your way through hordes of enemies until you reach the end.
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When the level gets difficult, shoot pods that are floating on the atmosphere to get power-ups and new weapons. The pods may contain a machine gun, bomb gun, spread gun, or laser gun. These weapons can be upgraded if you pick the same item twice in a row. Aside from the power-ups, you can also pick a hyper shell that destroys all enemies on the screen. The hyper shell can be launch at any level by pressing the jump button. The game has many power-ups, but if you die even once, you lose all items that you’ve acquired.
Super Contra is a classic game, and many modern-day video games are based on its action-packed side-scrolling gameplay. It’s not that different from the previous Contra in terms of graphics, but the excitement that it can give you is on a whole new level. Although Super Contra doesn’t have the same nostalgic atmosphere of the original, it’s still a terrific and exciting video game.
Super Contra game has been ported to Arcade, and Nintendo NES (this version).
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