Contra tops retro DS comp

Classic shooter joins Gradius, Track and Field, and more in Konami Classics collection for Nintendo's double-screen handheld.


Konami has already graced the PSP with a compilation of its Gradius series of old-school shoot-'em-ups, and the company has announced plans to release three more arcade-shooter collections in Japan. Now Konami is sending some retro love the Nintendo DS's way, as the publisher has unveiled Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits for Nintendo's portable system.

While the final lineup for the package hasn't been determined yet, Konami has said it will feature more than a dozen games, with eight titles already confirmed. Players can expect to see side-scrolling action games Contra and Rush'n Attack joined by shooters Gradius and Time Pilot, as well as Track and Field, Yie-Ar Kung Fu, Circus Charlie, and Roc 'N Rope.

Konami is working on Wi-Fi functionality for the games and already plans to let players save segments of gameplay as short videos that they can then send to friends. There will also be an archive for art and music from the games.

Konami Classic Series: Arcade Hits is scheduled to be released exclusively for the Nintendo DS in March of 2007. For more information on the game, check out GameSpot's hands-on impressions.

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