Contra Collection

Contra is a video game series produced by Konami composed primarily of run and gun-style shooting games. The series debuted in 1987 as a coin-operated arcade game titled Contra, which was followed by the release of Super Contra in 1988 and several sequels produced for various home platforms.


The arcade version of Contra was released in February 1987, a few months after the Iran–Contra affair was made public. While it is unclear whether the game was deliberately named after the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, the ending theme of the original game was titled "Sandinista" (サンディニスタ, Sandinisuta), after the adversaries of the real-life Contras.

 Release timeline
1987 Contra
1988 Super Contra
1989
1990
1991 Operation C
1992 Contra III: The Alien Wars
Contra Force
1993
1994 Contra: Hard Corps
1995
1996 Contra: Legacy of War
1997
1998 C The Contra Adventure
1999
2000
2001
2002 Contra: Shattered Soldier
2003
2004 Neo Contra
2005
2006
2007 Contra 4
2008
2009 Contra ReBirth
2010
2011 Hard Corps: Uprising
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019 Contra Anniversary Collection
Contra: Rogue Corps
 Contra

 Contra cover.jpg

Packaging illustration for the NES version

Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Designer(s) Arcade version
Koji Hiroshita
NES version
Shigeharu Umezaki
Shinji Kitamoto
Composer(s) Arcade version
Kazuki Muraoka
NES/Famicom version
Hidenori Maezawa
Kiyohiro Sada
Series Contra
Platform(s)
Release
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Cabinet Upright
CPU Hitachi 6309 (12 MHz)
Sound Motorola 6809 (3 MHz) driving a Yamaha YM2151
Display Raster, standard resolution (Used: 224×280)
vertical orientation

 Contra is a run and gun video 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.

 Super Contra

 European brochure

European brochure for the 1988 arcade release

Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Director(s) Hideyuki Tsujimoto
Producer(s) Koji Hiroshita
Artist(s) Kengo Nakamura
Writer(s) Hideyuki Tsujimoto
Composer(s) Kazuki Muraoka
Motoaki Furukawa
Series Contra
Platform(s) Arcade (GX775[1]), NES, PlayChoice-10, Xbox 360, Commodore Amiga, IBM PC, Microsoft Windows
Release
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Cabinet Upright
Display Raster, 224 x 280, vertical orientation

Operation C

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Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s)
Programmer(s) Toru Hagihara
Yukari Hayano
Artist(s) Koichi Kimura
Composer(s) Hidehiro Funauchi
Series Contra
Platform(s) Game Boy, Game Boy Color
Release
  • JP: January 8, 1991
  • NA: February 1991
  • EU: May 21, 1992
  • JP: September 25, 1997 (Konami GB Collection Vol. 1)
  • EU: 2000 (Konami GB Collection Vol. 1)
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single-player

 Contra III: The Alien Wars

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North American box art by Tom duBois

Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Director(s) Nobuya Nakazato
Producer(s) Kazumi Kitaue
Programmer(s) Mitsuru Yaida
Hideyuki Suganami
Artist(s) Nobuya Nakazato
Composer(s) Miki Higashino
Masanori Adachi
Tappi Iwase
Series Contra
Platform(s) Super NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance
Release
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single-player, cooperative

 Contra Force 

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Cover art of Contra Force

Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Programmer(s) Mitsuo Takemoto
Artist(s) Koji Horie
Composer(s) Kenichi Matsubara
Tomoya Tomita
Series Contra
Platform(s) NES
Release
  • NA: September 30, 1992
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single-player
multiplayer

 Contra: Hard Corps 

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North American cover art

Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Director(s) Nobuya Nakazato
Producer(s) Tomikazu Kirita
Programmer(s) Kenji Miyaoka
Artist(s)
  • Shinichiro Shimamura
  • Kazuya Suzuki
Writer(s) Nobuya Nakazato
Composer(s) Hiroshi Kobayashi
Series Contra
Platform(s) Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
Release
  • NA: August 8, 1994
  • JP: September 15, 1994
  • PAL: November 1994
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single-player
Cooperative multiplayer
 Contra: Hard Corps is a side-scrolling run and gun-style shoot-'em-up video game released by Konami for the Sega Genesis in North America and South Korea in 1994. It was also released for the Mega Drive as Contra: The Hard Corps (魂斗羅 ザ・ハードコア, Kontora Za Hādo Koa) in Japan, and as Probotector in Europe and Australia. It was the first game in the Contra series released for a Sega platform and serves as the first entry in the Hard Corps series, itself a subseries of the Contra franchise. It was re-released in June 2019 as part of Contra: Anniversary Collection for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows, and was also included in the Genesis Mini dedicated console released in September 2019.

 Contra: Legacy of War
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Developer(s) Appaloosa Interactive
Publisher(s) Konami of America
Producer(s) Jason Friedman
Michael Gallo
Designer(s) László Szenttornyai
Zoltán Györfi
Programmer(s) Jozsef Molnar
Artist(s) Arpad Balku
Andras Bakai
Composer(s) Attila Heger
Series Contra
Platform(s) Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn
Release PlayStation
  • NA: November 29, 1996
  • PAL: March 30, 1997
Saturn
  • NA: May 21, 1997
Genre(s) Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

 C: The Contra Adventure 
 
C - The Contra Adventure Coverart.png
Cover art
Developer(s) Appaloosa Interactive
Publisher(s) Konami of America
Producer(s) Jason Friedman
Michael Gallo
Programmer(s) Attila Fodor
Attila Kristof
Attila Marton
Jozsef Molnar
Akos Somfai
Artist(s) Andras Bakai
Arpad Balku
Gabor Eross
Daniel Mecs
Tibor Racz
Composer(s) Zsolt Galantai
Attila Heger
Laszlo Molnar
Series Contra
Platform(s) PlayStation
Release
  • NA: August 31, 1998
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single-player

 Contra: Shattered Soldier
Contra Shattered Soldier.jpg
North American box art
Developer(s) KCET
Publisher(s) Konami
Director(s) Nobuya Nakazato
Producer(s) Nobuya Nakazato
Composer(s) Akira Yamaoka
Sota Fujimori
Series Contra
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Network
Release PlayStation 2
  • NA: October 22, 2002
  • JP: November 14, 2002
  • EU: February 14, 2003
PlayStation Network
  • JP: July 25, 2012
  • NA: June 11, 2013
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 Neo Contra
Neocontra cover.jpg
North American and European box art

Developer(s) Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo
Publisher(s) Konami
Director(s) Takayuki Ando
Producer(s) Nobuya Nakazato
Artist(s) Jim Lee (US & PAL cover art)
Composer(s) Sota Fujimori
Series Contra
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Network
Release PlayStation 2
  • NA: October 19, 2004
  • JP: November 3, 2004
  • EU: February 25, 2005
    PlayStation Network
    • JP: September 19, 2012
    • EU: February 15, 2012
    • NA: February 18, 2014
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

 Contra 4
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North American boxart
Developer(s) WayForward Technologies
Publisher(s) Konami Digital Entertainment
Director(s) Matt Bozon
Producer(s) William Oertel
Christopher Watson
Programmer(s) Robert Koshak
Composer(s) Jake Kaufman
Series Contra
Platform(s) Nintendo DS, mobile phone
Release Nintendo DS
  • NA: November 13, 2007
  • JP: March 13, 2008
Mobile phone
  • NA: November 19, 2007
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Contra ReBirth
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Developer(s) M2
Publisher(s) Konami
Director(s) Toshiyasu Kamiko
Yuji Yamanaka
Producer(s) Nobuya Nakazato
Hirotaka Ishikawa
Designer(s) Masato Misaki
Writer(s) Kenichiro Kikuchi
Composer(s) Manabu Namiki
Series Contra
Platform(s) WiiWare
Release
  • JP: May 12, 2009
  • PAL: September 4, 2009
  • NA: September 7, 2009
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single-player, cooperative multiplayer

 

Hard Corps: Uprising
Hard Corps: Uprising
Hard Corps: Uprising cover art
Developer(s) Arc System Works
Publisher(s) Konami
Director(s) Hideyuki Anbe
Producer(s) Hiroyuki Chiwata
Kenji Yamamoto
Designer(s) Hideyuki Anbe
Programmer(s) Yuji Ota
Artist(s) Daisuke Ishiwatari
Writer(s) Seiji Fukumoto
Hideyuki Anbe
Daisuke Ishiwatari
Composer(s) Daisuke Ishiwatari
Series Contra
Platform(s) Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release Xbox 360
  • JP: February 16, 2011
  • NA: February 16, 2011[1]
  • EU: February 16, 2011
PlayStation 3
  • JP: March 15, 2011
  • NA: March 15, 2011
  • EU: March 23, 2011
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single-player, co-op

Contra: Rogue Corps
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Developer(s) Toylogic
Publisher(s) Konami
Director(s) Nobuya Nakazato
Daichi Kurumiya
Producer(s) Nobuya Nakazato
Designer(s) Katsuro Ouchi
Programmer(s) Katsufumi Fujimoto
Artist(s) Atsushi Yamaguchi
Writer(s) Evan Dorkin
Sarah Dyer
Composer(s) Takahiro Nishi
Takashi Okamoto
Series Contra
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release
  • WW: September 24, 2019
Genre(s) Run and gun
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

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