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Konami Announces Contra Rebirth for WiiWare

by James Charlton - May 9, 2009, 4:47 pm EDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Konami Japan

The twelfth game in the series will be exclusive to Nintendo's online store.

Recently, Konami announced via their official Japanese website that a brand new entry in the Contra series will be released for WiiWare under the title Contra: Rebirth.

Contra is a run-and-gun shooting arcade game in which players control a commando fighting waves of enemies. The 1987 original was first ported to the NES and made famous by its simultaneous co-operative play. The last sequel in the main series to appear on a Nintendo console was Contra III: The Alien Wars on the SNES in 1992.

Contra: Rebirth will feature updated 2D visuals, and retain the classic co-operative gameplay that made the original famous.

Contra : Rebirth will cost 1000 Nintendo Points and will be available via the Japanese Wii Shop Channel on May 12.

Currently there is no word on release outside of Japan.


TansunnMay 09, 2009

"The last sequel to appear on a Nintendo system was Contra 3: The Alien Wars on the Super Nintendo in 1992."

Don't you mean "Contra 4 on the Nintendo DS in 2007"?

BlackNMild2k1May 09, 2009

*Loud speaker crackles*
"Can we get a fact check on aisle 7? fact check on aisle 7."

Small oversight on James' part.  Corrected.  I'm sure he meant Nintendo consoles, not Nintendo systems period.

The last Contra game on Nintendo systems was obviously Contra 4 (DS).  The last console entry in the main series was Contra III: The Alien Wars (April 1992, SNES), while the last Nintendo console entry overall was the spin-off Contra Force (September 1992, NES), which was released here but not in Japan.

Not that I disliked Contra 4, but I'm glad to see this on WiiWare. I want to run-and-gun with a friend again.

famicomplicatedJames Charlton, Associate Editor (Japan)May 10, 2009

Thanks for pointing that out guys, funny how one word makes all the difference! ;-)

Michael8983May 10, 2009

Can people NOW shut up about the Wii not being for "hardcore" gamers.

GKMay 10, 2009

Wonder if it'll be as brutally hard as Contra 4.

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusMay 12, 2009
BlackNMild2k1May 12, 2009

Quote from: Flames_of_chaos

Gameplay footage

Looks good like SNES grafix
actual game play starts at the 2:20 mark

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusMay 12, 2009

I don't mind the SNES graphics because I love SNES era graphics.

NovaQMay 13, 2009

The video looks good. That's a pretty cool idea for a boss fight (pssh, oxygen? Who needs that?).

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