Contra (NES)

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Contra
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Platform: NES
Year: 1988
Developer: Konami Corporation
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Contra started out in the arcade as a pretty difficult run-and-gun, but really shined when it was ported to the NES. Aside from the standard side-scrolling shoot-em-up action, Contra also introduced some pseudo-3D stages and vertical scrolling stages to change things up a bit. There are also several cool bosses, awesome weapons, and 8 exciting areas to blast your way through.

Although the Japanese version was released at around the same time as the US version, it contains several advantages in both graphics and sound. Several of the levels have background animation, there are several cut scenes, and two new music tracks were added. Unfortunately, the US never saw these impressive additions.

Contra was also released as a PlayChoice-10 game for arcades. The PlayChoice-10 used a ROM with music identical to the US release of the NES game.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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The introduction sequence of the Japanese version.

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Beginning the first stage.

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Fighting your way through the Jungle.

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The 3D perspective bases.

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Fighting a difficult boss.

Music

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Nearly all of Contra's music comes from the arcade game which was composed by Kazuki Muraoka. His music was ported to the NES by Hidenori Maezawa and Kyouhei Sada. The only song not ported from the arcade game is the High Score tune. However the duo composed a single new Introduction track, though it's only heard in the Japanese release. The individual roles that Hidenori Maezawa and Kyouhei Sada played is unknown, but as a pair they had to compose and arrange the Introduction track as well as convert and create new sound effects.

It's a pretty impressive soundtrack for a game from early 1988. Every section of the game has its own unique theme fitting for the action like the desolate snowfield and the mysterious alien's lair. There are also several fanfares that punch up the game. It's an above average soundtrack over all.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Title Kazuki MuraokaHidenori Maezawa, Kazuki Muraoka 0:05
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02 Introduction Hidenori Maezawa, Kyouhei SadaHidenori Maezawa, Kazuki Muraoka 1:02
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03 Jungle Kazuki MuraokaHidenori Maezawa, Kazuki Muraoka 1:49
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04 Bases Kazuki MuraokaHidenori Maezawa, Kazuki Muraoka 1:39
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05 Waterfall Kazuki MuraokaHidenori Maezawa, Kazuki Muraoka 1:23
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06 Snow Field Kazuki MuraokaHidenori Maezawa, Kazuki Muraoka 1:17
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07 Energy Zone Kazuki MuraokaHidenori Maezawa, Kazuki Muraoka 0:53
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08 Alien's Lair Kazuki MuraokaHidenori Maezawa, Kazuki Muraoka 1:30
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09 Boss Kazuki MuraokaHidenori Maezawa, Kazuki Muraoka 1:19
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10 Stage Clear Kazuki MuraokaHidenori Maezawa, Kazuki Muraoka 0:03
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11 Game Over Kazuki MuraokaHidenori Maezawa, Kazuki Muraoka 0:05
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12 Red Falcon's Destroyed Kazuki MuraokaHidenori Maezawa, Kazuki Muraoka 0:07
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13 Victory Kazuki MuraokaHidenori Maezawa, Kazuki Muraoka 1:23
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Credits

(Sources: Arcade, NES - Japanese credits are the same)

Albums

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Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site. The recording was made using Not So, Fatso!.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: 魂斗羅 (Gryzor)
Platform: Famicom
Released: 1988-02-09
Publisher: Konami Corporation
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Contra
Platform: NES
Released: 1988-02-??
Publisher: Konami Corporation
  Belgium.svg   Belgium
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Title: Probotector
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-12-28
Publisher: Konami Corporation
  Germany.svg   Germany
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Title: Probotector
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-12-28
Publisher: Konami Corporation
  UK.svg   UK
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Title: Probotector
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-12-28
Publisher: Konami Corporation
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Contra
Platform: PlayChoice-10
Released: 19??-??-??
Publisher: Nintendo of America, Inc.

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