CONTRA III: THE ALIEN WARS > PRE-RELEASES > CONTRA III NEAR-FINAL
CONTRA III NEAR-FINAL BETA (SUPER NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM)
The following pair of prototypes is owned by JaxsBox of NintendoAge.
The previous owner, Guggles, alleged that they are in pre-beta state. After the completion of the Japanese release (Contra Spirits), few changes were needed to be applied to create the North American release. The Contra IV build, while still retaining much of the code from the Japanese version, contains all of the necessary translations and most of the English text. In between that and the final North American version, an intermediate had been programmed onto at least 2 SNES developmental boards.
Currently, the copyright information on the title screen is the only known difference (prototype on the left, final release on the right). The remnants of code from Contra Spirits that were present in the Contra IV prototype have been modified in this build into what is found in the North American retail version. While there may be other differences in the data, it is possible that they do not pertain to what can be seen in-game.
As such, this near-final prototype may have been produced for reviewing purposes, and is therefore not a pre-beta. On a slightly related note, the subtitle listed for Contra III by certain magazines, The Alien Invasion, may have been a simple misnomer.
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