Contra Evolution remasters original for iOS on June 27

Over 25 years after the original Contra hit arcades and the NES, Konami's classic run-and-gun franchise is set to return with a bit of a facelift. Chinese developers CocoaChina and Chukong are working with Konami on Contra Evolution, an iOS remastering of the original classic.

For those unfamiliar with old-school Contra, two Rambo-types named Bill "Mad Dog" Rizer and Lance "Scorpion" Bean fought off the forces of Red Falcon, an alien terrorist force, with guns and lots of them. All of it was awesome, because, of course, it was the 1980's. Contra Evolution looks to keep that spirit alive with some graphical upgrades.

Kotaku points out that Contra Evolution released earlier this year in China and briefly leaked out here in the U.S. before it was suddenly pulled. It'll officially hit the iOS App Store on June 27 for $0.99 on iPhone/iPod Touch and $2.99 on iPad.