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RELEASE INFORMATION

Title: Contra

Edition: Konami Live!

Media/Formats: Plug-In USB Gamepad Controller

Developer: Digital Eclipse Software, Inc.

Publisher: NTSC-J: Konami

NTSC-U: Konami

PAL: Konami

Release: NTSC-J: August 15, 2006*

NTSC-U: August 15, 2006

PAL: August 15, 2006*

*The controller needed to be purchased exclusively online by players in these regions, through the official Konami website.

 
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OVERVIEW

The Konami Live! Online Game Controller features ports of 5 of Konami’s arcade games: Gyruss, Scramble, Time Pilot, Yie Ar Kung Fu and Contra. Although these are emulated versions, they strictly require the included gamepad, in addition to an internet connection. The former is required to play the games, while the latter is required only for the (re-)installation. The compilation is intended for Windows operating systems XP and higher.

In this emulated version of Contra, there is an option to “enhance” the graphics with updated animation, such as fire and explosions. This feature would later be recycled in the XBox 360 port. Player 2 must use the keyboard if playing the multiplayer mode.

Some time after June of 2012, the Konami Live! online servers had shut down. Due to this, players are no longer able to (re-)install any of the included games, rendering the controller mostly useless for new users.

Note: The controller itself refers to the compilation as Konami Arcade Collection, while the installation handle is Konami Live! Arcade Collection.

Covers: This is an emulated version of arcade Contra, included in the compilation Konami Live!.

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STAGES

See the Stages section of the original arcade Contra.

 
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ARSENAL

See the Arsenal section of the original arcade Contra.

 
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OPPOSITION

See the Opposition section of the original arcade Contra.

 
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CHEATS, ASSISTANCE

There are currently no known cheats, helpful glitches, etc.

 
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FULL PLOT

NTSC-U:
See the plot of the original arcade Contra.

 
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SOUNDTRACK

See the Soundtrack section of the original arcade Contra.

 
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VARIANTS

There are currently no known variants of this port of Contra.

 
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REGIONAL DIFFERENCES

This version was released only in North America.

 
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DEVELOPMENTAL MATERIAL

There is currently no known developmental material to present.

 
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

See the Technical Information section of the original arcade Contra.

-The games featured on this USB gamepad, including Contra, are essentially modified ROMs of their respective arcade originals. Installation requires a connection to the internet. Some, though not all, of the original arcade version’s DIP switch settings can be customized through the user interface provided. The graphical enhancements are direct modifications of game data.

 
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TRIVIA

See the Trivia section of the original arcade Contra.

Unseen Origin:
Surprisingly, this version is the basis of the XBox 360 port of Contra. They feature a very similar set of options and the enhanced graphical mode even originates from this version.

 
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PROMOTIONAL MEDIA

There is currently no known promotional media to present.

 
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