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- Fast paced 2D side-scrolling action from the franchise that defined the genre
- Collect multiple power-ups to create new and explosive weapon combinations
- Unique dual-screen presentation allows for frantic action and massive boss encounters
- New grappling hook accessory lets you access hard to reach areas and dodge enemies
- 2-player cooperative action lets you take on the enemy with twice the firepower
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Set after the events of Contra III: Alien Wars, the game follows mercenaries Bill Rizer and Lance Bean as they battle to save the world from a new extraterrestrial threat. Contra 4 takes advantage of the dual screens of the Nintendo DS to deliver larger than life action, with massive enemies, detailed platform gaming and mind-blowing set pieces. Using a variety of upgradable weapons, take the fight to the alien army of the Black Viper and reclaim Earth for Mankind in single-player or 2 player co-op mode.
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The only thing that would've been better would be if Konami and Wayforward put this on PSN, XBLA, or Steam so you could play it on a big screen. But at least those consoles got the equally awesome (although far more anime-tinged) Hard Corps: Uprising. Both games honor Contra's gameplay legacy; but only Contra 4 nails the "80's action movie gone insane" vibe that all REAL Contra games have. Absolutely recommended; another gem for the DS.
Let me just say up front. that the biggest flaw in this game is the dual screens. There is a little dead zone between the upper and lower screens were bullets like to hide and suddenly come out of nowhere. This is absolutely infuriating for the first few hours of play.
But eventually you get used to is and learn to watch even closer to what is going in in BOTH screens.
I have only played the 1 player campaign, but I am at the last boss on medium difficulty so I feel like im qualified for a review.
-As tough as you want it to be! 3 difficulties levels where the actual speed of the enemy bullets and run speed changes...along with having less lives. Hard mode is VERY hard and reminds me of good times on the old NES.
-Great control. Contra wrote the book on how to make a game where you battle the level/enemies not the controller.
-Weapons! All the favorites are back and you can hold two at once.
History. There is even some extra content with the history of the series. Fun stuff.
Besides the two screen thing, even if you can actually watch two screens at once this game has no mercy. This game is about learning the level by trying again and again. If you get frustrated easy, this is not the game for you.
May wear out your DS buttons faster than you expected... Shoot faster! Push those Buttons faster!
Finally that oversight has been amended. Not only can you unlock the original Contra (which I've never had the opportunity of playing) and Super Contra in this game, Contra 4 is an excellent game in itself. Yes, it's brutally hard at times. I see several reviewers complaining about this, so it needs to be addressed. As hard as it is, it's not really any more difficult than Super Contra, IMO. Anybody who knows anything about Contra should expect this kind of difficulty from a game with its legacy. People should be happy that they allow you to choose your difficulty (even though Easy doesn't let you play through all the levels). I appreciate the challenge, but if you don't want a game that you will die in A LOT then you shouldn't buy Contra 4.
One of the coolest additions is the Challenge Mode. You can unlock it by beating the main game on any difficulty. There are 40 challenges (many repeat the same concept, but occur in a different level) that require you to make it through levels with limited ammo, at a certain speed, not shooting any hostages, etc. The later challenges get extremely hard to the point that I thought some were impossible. I eventually succeeded, however, through practice. If you can beat the challenges you can beat the main game on Normal and Hard mode. Really I consider the challenges to be training for the main game on Normal and Hard difficulty. You will learn how to dodge enemies on the fly, destroy numerous enemies swarming you from all directions, and zoom through levels by finding shortcuts. This also adds plenty of extra play time to an already beefy game.
Multiplayer co-op is also an option, although I have yet to try it out. I don't know anybody with a copy so I am unable to enjoy the fun of blasting enemies with a friend. Also, one feature that I really like in Contra 4 is that you can carry 2 guns at a time (you switch between them with the L button), and if you get two of the same weapon it powers up (in Easy all guns come powered up).
Take the time to die a few hundred times and you will eventually become Rambo in this game. You'll be dodging bullets, blasting enemies, and making jumps like a pro. Satisfaction will fill your senses as you effortlessly flow through mind-numbingly difficult levels. What else would you want from a Contra game?
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There are a heck of a lot of DS fakes out there ...
My first copy of Contra 4 was fake.
It came sealed and was actually a very close copy to an original copy.
There are plenty of Videos on YT that help identify fake DS games.
I reccomend checking one out when buying this title, especially if your paying a premium price that this title can now command in 2019.
The game is classic Contra, highly rated and quite a few folks put it as the best ever.
It plays great here on the DS and is as tough as any other entry in the series.
I want to thank Amazon for their super fast delivery. Amazon sells only original products.The product was in an excellent, well packaged and a brand new piece. Thank you so much Amazon.