Contra conquering DS

All-new installment in Konami's long-running side-scrolling shooter to battle aliens on handheld later this year.

by

Spanning 20 years, 10 games, and ports appearing on systems ranging from the Game Boy to Xbox Live Arcade, the Contra invasion is showing no signs of letting up. Today, Konami announced an all-new installment in the Contra series, Contra 4, will be blasting onto the Nintendo DS later this year.

Developed by portable specialist WayForward Technologies (SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab), Contra 4 takes place two years after Contra III: The Alien Wars, first released on the Super Nintendo in 1992. (A virtual console version is now available on the Wii.) Heroes Bill and Lance again must team up to take down an oncoming alien invasion and its leader, Black Viper.

Contra 4 will feature the same style of 2D side-scrolling gameplay that established the series 20 years ago. Players will combat alien hordes with a variety of futuristic weapons while attempting to avoid pitfalls and other hazards along the way.

According to Konami, Contra 4's action will extend to both screens on the DS, allowing for larger environments and boss encounters. And as is a hallmark of the series, Contra 4 will retain two-player simultaneous gameplay. However, Konami has not yet revealed whether Contra 4's multiplayer will use the DS's cartridge-sharing functionality. The game has not yet been rated or priced.

Discussion

104 comments
vidgamer2002
vidgamer2002

Yes! I'll take a very good 2D game over a very good 3D game any day!

grafkhun
grafkhun

HELL YEAH! contra rules! took konami long enough eh?

saberwolf102002
saberwolf102002

WOOT!! Contra 4!! about time!! its been 15 years since the release of Contra 3 and now Contra 4...im soo gettin this game the day it comes out! Contra is my fav series of all time =D

phillymaniac14
phillymaniac14

Can't wait! It better be co-op wi-fi or cartridge-share. It probably should've been done as an original wii vc title, with co-op over wi-fi connection.

suchafool
suchafool

Whooo, I hope they turn it into 'Probotector' for the UK market... he was always cooler than that marine :P

kyuss015
kyuss015

Seems really cool. I want them to bring Hard Corps to the Virtual Console because I missed that one and I dont have easy access to a Genesis.

weathertrooper
weathertrooper

Bring it on, Konami! I loved the NES original and Contra III for SNES (couldn't say the same for the PS C:A; Shattered Soldier and Neo were OK). A Contra 4... to think of games, publishers seem to want to revive classic series. Anyway, i'm getting Contra 4 first day, beating it on hard. Sweet!

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

5 Contras after Contra 3, Contra 4 comes out. Funny. (1 on Genesis, 2 on PS, and 2 on PS2) But I am looking forward to it anyways.

Proman84
Proman84

Contra 4? Wasn't that released on Genesis? Anyway, how about they port that game to next generation consoles too?

ringbling
ringbling

@reactionsok - Contra III is one bullet kill Here's how they make Contra 4 great for multiplayer on DS - The main story is split in to two (at times), the second player downloads the game and plays these missions where the two heroes split up at times, voluntarily or involuntarily. Then, you can of course have the stages (3D side scrolling i hope - true Contra style but with flair) where you will each fight together, and build addons and online multiplayer in from there. Did anyone say 4 player Contra?

reactionsok
reactionsok

so going to download this game!!! i have Contra I emulated on my DS and i enjoy playing it - does Contra III give you more life bars? or one bullet one kill?

PixyMisao
PixyMisao

I did like Shantae and Super Star Sigma looked pretty cool, I'm glad to have a new game in the series provided they go back to Contra's roots. None of that Neo Contra or Operation C garbage!.

Kurtisadei
Kurtisadei

This could be like Mario and Luigi 2 where both screen show scenery and stuff. u saw nothin

manolobrown2
manolobrown2

This is going to be a great game I can feel the goodness!

Redmarble
Redmarble

Yesss! Finally after over a decade a ACTUAL NUMBERED contra game is released. I am psyched, it can't come out soon enough!

yeby
yeby

A Contra version of New Super Mario? There is a god. I still wish that this was how Ninja Gaiden was being handled for the DS though...

bigcalkenobi
bigcalkenobi

Sweet, finally another Contra to play! After playing 3 so much, I'm ready for more

DSJAM
DSJAM

This is awesome! If it plays like Contra 3 I'll be very happy. I think single card is a must for this game and wi-fi co-op wouldn't be a bad idea either (hint,hint)

rey06
rey06

yet again and again another great news for us DS owners, I'm glad i own a DS!:D

TheGBAman
TheGBAman

The 2 screen idea sounds scary. Bullet patterns would be hard to follow or we'll suffer from "the blind spot" I love the DS, but I honestly think that this is something which would work better on the PSP. Thinking about screens, why the hell aren't there loads of vertical shooters on the DS... (Ikaruga, please?)

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

This could be amazing stuff! I love Super Probotecter (or Contra 3 to the Yankies)

einsteinecker
einsteinecker

"According to Konami, Contra 4's action will extend to both screens on the DS, allowing for larger environments and boss encounters." This statement has so many possibilities for the levels. I can't wait for this game!

especensor
especensor

cool. contra kicked ass on the nes. never played the super nintendo sequels but this is looking pretty promising.

lewser5
lewser5

Finally a true sequel to the series, now we got to wait to see if it lives up to it.

Spincut
Spincut

see this is why DS rocks, and also why i beleive they have succeeded "in spite of" the rather underused stylus gimickry, i only hope the Wii cna find a niche other than wii-mote action, because it wont last (just as the DS is running strong primarily due to awesome legacy originals).

yukine
yukine

Hell yeah, Contra. :D

Miracle_Air
Miracle_Air

Oh man, kick ass. This will totally be cool. :D

icarus212001
icarus212001

Excellent! (guitar solo plays in background)

protek_0813
protek_0813

I can play this game in my pc or laptop. Hurray for emulation!!

NightRain
NightRain

Awesome! Can't wait to play Contra on my DS.

fastpunk
fastpunk

Wow, another Contra game! Big news!

DreFullCircle
DreFullCircle

the ds is getting a lot of console-worthy exclusives, such as the new dragon quest game. it's nice to see the line between portables and home consoles being blurred.

LordelX
LordelX

Awesome. The DS is the perfect system for this. I'll be sure to pick this one up.

decrot
decrot

i just pee'd in my pants a little

Zonic505
Zonic505

Konami Code! UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A!!

black_ice23
black_ice23

lol you're never too old for a DS lmao

Merodach
Merodach

This is the greatest gaming news i've heard all month! Nintendo is the king of handhelds and the DS their greatest yet.

mrvl
mrvl

ogretroll123: "Contra is the manliest series ever!" WHAT!? SACRILEGE!!! you just forgot abut DUKE NUKEM!!!

mrvl
mrvl

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

RawDeal_basic
RawDeal_basic

Um, okay. That's nice, but WHERE'S THE CONSOLE VERSION? I'm 23, I'm too old to buy a DS!

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

To me Contra 3 the alien wars will hold a special place in my heart as THE best contra game konami's released back on the snes. and with this announcement about contra 4 i'm glad i own a DS cause now i want the game. THANK YOU,KONAMI.

finaleve
finaleve

They should definately do a 4-play co-op, 2-play co-op online. That would be sweet. This game has to be better than Shattered Soldier, cause i though that game was crap.