Konami teases new Contra

E3 2011: Publisher closes out its pre-E3 press conference with classic side-scrolling shooter's flaming "C"; Frogger 3DS also confirmed.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo isn't slated to begin until next week, but Konami isn't waiting to secure its slice of the attention. As part of the publisher's pre-Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference today, the publisher took the wraps off of the Metal Gear Solid, Zone of the Enders, and Silent Hill HD Collections; teased Kojima's new game engine; and provided a release date update on NeverDead.

Contra? Seems likely.

Closing out its press conference, Konami also offered the briefest of teasers for what appears to be a new installment in its long-standing side-scrolling shooter franchise, Contra. The teaser begins with a loading screen that harks back to the pixelated graphic days of the '80s. An orange-red fireball then flies across the screen, speeding into black ether. After a few on-a-dime turns, the fireball blazes into Contra's iconic "C" shape, with text below it reading: "They're coming."

The Contra franchise has been anything but dormant. Earlier this year, Konami released Hard Corps: Uprising, which served as a prequel to 1994's Contra: Hard Corps. Also, at last year's E3, Konami indicated that it would be supporting Nintendo's 3DS with a new Contra title.

Contra isn't the only classic Konami franchise that received attention during the publisher's pre-E3 event. Konami also confirmed that it would be commemorating the Frogger franchise's 30th anniversary this year with a new installment for the 3DS. Additional details on that title were not provided.

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Wensea10
Wensea10

i hope this contra game has a lot of levels

danielcanas7
danielcanas7

I never played the original. the 'contra monsters' look a little bit like xenomorphs (from alien), don't they?

Elann2008
Elann2008

Contra was one of my favorite games of all time. I loved them all. It'll be hard for them to come out with a true successor even after many years. But they can certainly try.

chyng85
chyng85

Gotta give it a try~

dubel_07
dubel_07

DUDE. NEW CONTRA. It's about damn time somebody made a challenging game.

Solamon
Solamon

I like Hard Corps, but I would prefer if they would drop the cartoony look and go with something closer to Shattered Soldier. @King_Gamer19: No offense, but I have to strongly disagree. We already have plenty of Gears-like games. We even have a new Gears itself coming later this year. We definitely don't need Contra dropping everything that makes it Contra just to jump on the bandwagon with everything else.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

A 3DS Contra game, and another Contra game in the works? I assume this because if this was a trailer for the 3DS version, they would have done something to notify it as such. Can't wait to see what else they have in store for us this week!!

Kcube
Kcube

I consider Hard Corps a Contra game and it kicked MAJOR ass IMO.

drokmore
drokmore

This would be great, one of the best nintendo games ever.

professorXzaver
professorXzaver

junk-camo, take a picture of your junk to use as camoflauge

Los9090
Los9090

So when will they bring back Double Dragon?

killer690
killer690

Make it stupid hard like Super C Make it stupid hard like Super C Make it stupid hard like Super C Make it stupid hard like Super C

monson21502
monson21502

they been teasing new contra games for the past 20 years and they all turn out to be let downs....

darkfiercelink
darkfiercelink

man i love this game, i remember playing on NES, good old memories

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

K if it's just another side scroller who care now if they make it like Gears Of War that would be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

Awesome! I love shoot-em-up co-op games. Need more of them for when having drunk friends over. This is a sure thing.

fadersdream
fadersdream

how is it nostalgic? the last contra was released a year ago. there was one a couple years before that and one every couple years for the past thirty years. It's not that they haven't kept making them, it's that they always suck.

ymcop
ymcop

tank you verik mack!

--Rob--
--Rob--

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, B, A, Start.

Pride_of_Hiigar
Pride_of_Hiigar

omg! im all of a sudden a little kid...!! Brings back memories!

Ovirew
Ovirew

Contra games are too difficult to really enjoy. And unless you have a buddy to play them with, you might as well not even bother.

Yasviele
Yasviele

HAHAHAHAHAHA XD LOL! coool so retro

method115
method115

@bigtruckseries The contra that came out for sega was awesome. It had a little cyborg character and a robotic dog/wolf man or something like that. Not sure if SNES had it, but it was by far the best contra. I played contra 1 and 2 as well which were also good.

bigtruckseries
bigtruckseries

Best Contras were 1, 2 and 3: alien wars on SNES. After that, it wasn't good again till Shattered Soldier. I don't want Contra on a small screen. I want contra on HDTV widescreen.

peanut1229
peanut1229

awww 3ds... i dont have that yet. what about the new nintendo system coming in 2012?

TheMudora
TheMudora

Online multiplayer would be nice.

Crazy_Legs87
Crazy_Legs87

If it's another 2-D shoot'em up, then why would you tease it? If you played the past games, then we have a good idea on what it's going to look like.

JoSilver
JoSilver

Contra Rebirth was badass!

wexorian
wexorian

@Downloadpilot i loved laser one :D

X-RS
X-RS

YESSSS!!!! Gunna be twice as good as hard corps at least =D

aleks_989
aleks_989

... My first Nintendo game back in the days ...

snes_vs_ps1
snes_vs_ps1

They're coming back, hell yeah!Bill "Arnie" Rizer & Lance "Sly" Bean-bring 'em on!

thundaro
thundaro

I highly doubt that the contra game is not gonna be less than a AAA title with a teaser like that! At an event they are clearly trying to make a new annual thing. That is just too "big" of a deal for it to be a simple or budget title. So, I expect it to be something major, which if done right (looking at you Metroid) could be really great!

FireboltDS
FireboltDS

I hope it is a lot longer than Contra 4. Contra 4 didn't hold my attention much because it was awfully short

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

As good as C4 was on the DS, I -hated- the dual screen thing. Bullets passing through the screen gap is just irritating. I'd like to see them do what Shadow Complex did. Maybe not having one 'world' a-la Metroid but having bigger levels that you can explore somewhat rather than going left to right all the time... sort of like what Konami did with their DS Castlevania games.

Crashbox45
Crashbox45

Holy moly, a new Contra? COUNT ME IN!!!

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

More contra, F*** Ya!

Benifited
Benifited

@GoKuVeGeTaGoHaN shoot em' up :)

King-gamer
King-gamer

I wonder if they'll ever try to bring Contra to the FPS world.... I think Konami could use a big name FPS game. But even if it's 2D I'll still get it. :)

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

A new Contra is welcome anytime. I'm sure they'll keep it old-school, Contra demands it.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

up up down down left right left right b a

GoKuVeGeTaGoHaN
GoKuVeGeTaGoHaN

They should make a Contra game in the same style as Shank. Stick to the 2D gameplay cause that's what made Contra (For me Super C on the NES to be exact) a legendary Beat em' up game!