Get ready for so much Contra action as Konami has revealed the full lineup of titles that will be included in the Contra Anniversary Collection which is set for release this Summer which will cost $20.
Here is the full list:
- Contra (Arcade)
- Contra (NES)
- Contra (Famicom)
- Super Contra (Arcade)
- Super C (NES)
- Contra III: The Alien Wars (SNES)
- Super Probotector: Alien Rebels (SNES)
- Contra: Hard Corps (Sega Genesis)
- Probotector (Sega Mega Drive)
- Operation C (Game Boy)
It’s quite an interesting list, three versions of the original Contra are included, the NES and Famicom versions are ideally the same with a few differences. The Famicom version features a cutscene at the start of the game and like Ghost N Goblin’s shows your progression on the map as you complete each stage.
Super Contra is a game not a lot of people ever had a chance to play, I’ve actually never seen the machine myself or played the game so it is a welcome addition.
Super Probotector: Alien Rebels is the European title for Contra III: The Alien Wars with the only real difference being that the game replaces the original commandos with robotic soldiers codenamed RD008 and RC011.
Probotector for the Sega Mega Drive, on the other hand, has quite a few changes. Once again the game replaces commandos with robotic soldiers, the plot has been rewritten, with Colonel Bahamut and Dead-Eye Joe being redesigned as humanoid aliens, and the alien cell was replaced with a computer device called the “X-Drive”. Players also are only given four continues rather than five and one of the endings in the game was removed.
Honestly, I think the Famicom version of Contra or Super Probotector: Alien Rebel could have been removed and replaced with Contra Force. I don’t really see the need to release the same game with only slight variations as they seem more like a filler especially Super Probotector: Alien Rebel as at least the Famicom version of Contra adds cutscenes.
Konami also confirmed that like the Castlevania Anniversary Collection, it will be releasing the Japanese versions to certain Contra titles as free DLC. Guess it’s time to get those Konami codes ready.