Contra hits XBLA this week

Microsoft confirms Konami's quarter-gobbler as this week's Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays offering, lists five more to be released by year's end.

One of the most anticipated retro arcade games announced for Xbox Live Arcade Wednesdays is set to arrive this week. Microsoft today confirmed that Konami's arcade edition of Contra will be available on the Xbox Live Marketplace Wednesday morning at 12 a.m. PST. The game will sell for 400 Microsoft Points ($5).

And while the publisher has backed off its claims of having 50 Live Arcade titles released by the end of the year, it also spelled out some of the games that will be out before 2007. Gamers can expect the multiplayer brawling game Small Arms, futuristic racer Novadrome, top-down shooter Assault Heroes, side-scrolling tank shooter Heavy Weapon, and Midway's arcade original Defender.

As the XBLA library matures, Microsoft also said it would place "a particular emphasis on new, originally developed games from indie developers and big studios alike." That said, the company also today announced an agreement with Atari to bring a half dozen of its arcade offerings from decades ago, including Tempest and Asteroids.

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_Sam_
_Sam_

I hope that they are all cheap

wwonka666
wwonka666

Where is it, I'm waiting up to download it.

Chirico_Cuvie
Chirico_Cuvie

Remeber it's the arcade Contra, not the NES version. Ironic that it comes out the same week as Gears of War; sort of a that was then, this is now sort of thing. A nice way to show how friggin' far we've come in twenty years.

MrPuzzlez
MrPuzzlez

Why isn't this on the virtual console NOW?

namdar
namdar

Contra always had dominated a little ity bity piece of my heart... oh wait ... my heart is ity bity LOL All Hail Contra! I hope they bring out the version they had for PS2 it was awesome !

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i played this game too much back in the day... not getting it again.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Contra is going to be awesome. Online co-op via Xbox Live!!

eddy_of_york
eddy_of_york

Who would have thought keeping the rights to asteroids would end up paying off?

aashkii
aashkii

Aside from Xbox Live, I hope that Contra comes out on the Wii Virtual Console (since I can't afford to buy a 360 just yet.)

gagan21
gagan21

wow :D . i love to be back with contra , it s 1 of my favourite retro games of all times, cant wait 4 it :D

Argama7
Argama7

Ah Contra, you can kill me any day... :)

SnuffDaddyNZ
SnuffDaddyNZ

Assault Heroes looks like a great game (Ikari Warriors clone). In a similar vein I think it would be a great idea to get some old Amiga games onto the Marketplace. Chaos Engine would rock, as would Speedball 2. Another great game to get would be Mega-Lo-Mania but I have no idea who makes it. EDIT: OH, and if Peter Moore or Peter Molyneaux or anyone associated with them is reading this - PLEASE RE-RELEASE Populous 2 on either the PC or XBOX-360 Arcade. Contra coming this week is awesome, I just added some points to my account over the weeked!!! As long as they release Gyruss before 2007 I'll be over the moon.

ardandil
ardandil

this is for me to play while the game is loading right? no? is free? no? is the nes version? no? billy and jimmy in mech suits? no? uhmm i pass

mat2g
mat2g

can we say, hells yeah!!

Xcalimaster
Xcalimaster

There is only one B, A, sequence in the code, and NinjaFoot is correct.

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

Why is everyone thinking this is the NES version? THIS IS THE ARCADE VERSION!!! The Konami code was for the NES version of Contra.

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

Awesome! I will be getting this for sure.

KoruKinshi
KoruKinshi

I only have one thing to say to this... Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, B, A, Start. Aww, someone already beat me to it...shoot.

SecretWasianMan
SecretWasianMan

For 400 points? Sign me up now!!! Dibs on Spreader!!!

wooooode
wooooode

Contras cool but they have to many retro games I wish they had more games from at least the SNES and Genisis era and after.

Sociologist
Sociologist

Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right BA BA Start!

BadMunky
BadMunky

im just gonna wait for it to come up on the Wii

thekey
thekey

judgenxcutioner "If you remember playing this game you are old! OOOOOLLLLLLLDD! like cheese" I was ten when this game came out. So I guess that makes me cottage cheese. LOL!!!!

cspiffo
cspiffo

Look at you calling people old using a picture from a fifteen year old arcade game :-) P.S. Cheese only gets better with age...Or is that wine. Bah! can't remember. The Alzheimer's kickin' in...

seakae
seakae

I don't care what anyone says of me. Best NES game. Ever. This and Bubble Bobble.

judgenxcutioner
judgenxcutioner

If you remember playing this game you are old! OOOOOLLLLLLLDD! like cheese

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

A classic returns.... Contra!!!

LexLas
LexLas

Yes this is a true classic. Played it to the fullest.

thechosenone827
thechosenone827

Cool, I used to play that game all the time on my NES. Even though it is the arcade version, it should still be good. I'll definitely buy it.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

i remeber that game...that one is prety good

jmangafan
jmangafan

Nice try Microsoft. If it were Contra III, I might have bitten, but not for the original. Sad to say, it doesn't hold up as well as Alien Wars did.

crithon
crithon

FINALLY! The most important game in the past 20 years...... but it's the arcade version. Uh, that's kinda good, just not as memorable as the NES version

shasam712
shasam712

I need to order a points card! Contra is a must have. Maybe I will wait for the review though....I always like having an opinion weighing in favour of it, makes me sleep easy at night. :)

KarlZoneX
KarlZoneX

The console ports of konami's arcade games were pretty much always better, just because they added new levels and it was just more balanced and enjoyable overall. That being said, I'd still definitely buy the arcade version too, because it's still great without a doubt.

dmfreak
dmfreak

terrabreak13 twin cobra was made by taito

phinsfan
phinsfan

In the Arcade version, the Konami code doesn't work!

terrabreak13
terrabreak13

crunchb3rry I wouldn't say the NES version was better. The arcade version had far better graphics and the gameplay was essentially the same. For some reason the arcade version felt shorter but that was about it. I wonder if the arcade Twin Cobra is down the pipeline. Wasn't that a Konami game or was it Taito?

LivingDeadNinja
LivingDeadNinja

Great, already!? And only 400 points at that, must buy! But is the Arcade version the same as the NES one?

Dreski83
Dreski83

5 bucks for an arcade classic that can be played in super HiDef plus with others over Live... seems reasonable to me, time to purchase some points!