Shack's Arcade Corner: Contra



Contra distributed as Gryzor in Europe, is a 1987 run and gun action game developed and published by Konami originally released as a coin-operated arcade game on February 20, 1987. A home version was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988, along with ports for various computer formats, including the MSX2. The home versions were localized in the PAL region as Gryzor on the various computer formats and as Probotector on the NES, released later. Several Contra sequels were produced following the original game. The name of the game refers to the Contras, a group of CIA-backed Nicaraguan rebels who were frequently in the news in the United States in that period.

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    November 30, 2016 6:06 PM

    Greg Burke posted a new article, Shack's Arcade Corner: Contra

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      November 30, 2016 6:35 PM

      Yeah Contra was incredibly hard... if you weren't a goddamn sexual tyrannosaur like me:

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      December 1, 2016 6:03 AM

      Awww Yeeehhh!!!

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      December 1, 2016 6:15 AM

      Any reason why Contra 1 for NES was never re-released for VC on any platform, and is also missing from NES Classic Mini? Licensing issues? It was included as a hidden bonus in Contra 4 for DS.

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        December 1, 2016 6:23 AM

        Yeah, it was pretty weird that Nintendo included Super C instead of Contra. Some argue that Super C is better, but the original Contra on NES is iconic.

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      December 1, 2016 6:22 AM

      Nice, Greg! I'm somewhat shamed to admit I had no idea Contra was an arcade game until a few years ago. I discovered it on NES at a friend's house and always associated it with that console.

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