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Contra

4.7 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews
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Platform: Nintendo NES
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Fight through dozens of levels blowing away evil baddies as you go! Classic NES game!

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ASIN B0009VRFFS
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4.7 out of 5 stars 103 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,508 in videogames
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Product Dimensions 8 x 4 x 10 inches
Media: Video Game

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The First Contra game was fantastic. Most people, no doubt, have probably at least heard of the exploits of the game. No, Contra can't hold a candle up to games in terms of graphics and sound, and the people who bash on the game for that are probably too young to remember Contra, or they're too busy being stuck in the 3D era that side scrollers are too "kiddish" for them. Those gamers obviously haven't played old school. Contra is not only one of the hardest games out there (as most 8-bit and 16-bit games are a lot harder than the 32-bit and over generation), it's one the greatest of the NES generation.

What made Contra perhaps one of the greatest games wasn't just it's run and gun action. It was also the way it handles its two-player co-op. Rather than taking turns like in a game like Mario, or waiting for someone to switch to you like say... Donkey Kong Country, Contra put both characters on screen at a time and had you both running and gunning down enemies. The screen kept moving along as well. One character might end up leaving the other behind. Either way, Contra was one of the first games that forced you to work together instead of competing. Over the course of the game you (and your partner if you had one) would collect different types of weapons that went flying over head.

You began with the default rifle which only fired one shot at a time. Over the course of the game you could find different sorts of weapons. You could get a machine gun, a laser, a flamethrower or a spread gun. Also, there was a barrier, a rapid fire and a super bomb. You could only hold one type of gun at a time, but the latter group could be obtained without replacing the gun. Any Contra veteran can tell you that of all the guns, the Spread Gun was the best of the lot.
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Contra for the NES was one of the very first games that I ever played. I think the only other game I had ever tried at the time was Super Mario Bros. I remember being very confused at why your character died when he jumped on the villains and I remember being angry beyond belief when I couldn't get past level 4. So for you gamers who have yet to play the almighty Contra, I highly recommend either playing co-op with a friend or putting on the 30 lives code. This way, the game will be a much more enjoyable experience. In Contra, it is your duty to kill and destroy everything in your path. Eventually you must destroy the head alien (Red Falcon) in order to save the universe. Along the way you will encounter all of his pets and various other troops who are trying to get in your way.

GRAPHICS- 9/10

Although it was an "8-bit system" the NES usually pushed "8-bit" to its very limit. Games such as "Mega Man 2" and "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out" looked excellent. The graphics in Contra aren't the greatest the system ever made but they certainly are good. I particularly enjoyed the attempt at 3-d in the base levels. Other stages such as "The Jungle" and the winter area featured very nice and detailed environments. The "Alien's Lair" was dark, spooky and looked exactly like one would expect and alien's lair to look like. The enemy character's looked about as good as they probably could have on the NES, as did the two main characters. Only two of the boss characters stood out in my opinion (graphic wise). Those were the big, rock-robot guy and the gross-looking Alien. In the final stage when you first encounter the Alien's head, you will most likely be reminded of the main alien in the "Alien" film series.

SOUND- 10/10

This game features a very memorable soundtrack.
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By Collin on November 5, 2013
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If you have ever played this game, you know why I gave it a Five Star review. One of the greatest games of all time. Be careful though, playing this on the dual nes/snes system does not allow the Konami code.
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Yes!!!!! I love Contra and I believe all Contra fans can remember the famous code up up down down left right left right ba to get 30 lives, WITHOUT the help from google. This game arrived quickly and played on the first insert into my NES system; no blowing required. We had a blast introducing our children to the games of our youth and even though they say the graphics are " not cool" they love playing it. Sometimes it's just about getting back to the simpler ways of doing things. And yes, my husband and I still try to make the characters jump by "jumping with the controller." You know you did this too. LOL. BTW, have not gotten very far into the game yet, even with 30 lives. But hey, it's been many many many years since playing. So glad I could find this game.
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I bought a Nintendo Wii over a year ago under the mistaken assumption that I could download the original Contra on it. I was sadly mistaken. I downloaded Super C (aka Super Contra), but still longed for the original.

I then decided to buy the old cartridge version of this game and play it again for the first time in over 20 years, and I must say, the magic is still there. This is easily within the top 10 greatest video games of all time.

As to the claims of the seller, all were correct. The game was used, not in its original package (as I knew when I placed the order), but played perfectly. That was the main thing I was after anyway.

The spread shot still mops up the competition, and I no longer need the "U, U, D, D, L, R, L, R, B, A, Start" code to beat the game.
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