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RELEASE INFORMATION

Title: Contra

Media/Formats: Digital Download

Developer: Digital Eclipse Software, Inc.

Publisher: NTSC-J: Konami

NTSC-U: Konami

PAL: Konami

Release: NTSC-J: November 8, 2006

NTSC-U: November 8, 2006

PAL: November 8, 2006

 
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OVERVIEW

The XBox 360 release of Contra is distributed primarily via the XBox Live Arcade download service. It presents a specially emulated form of Contra for the arcade. However, the provided user interface allows for a wide variety of customizations. These range from gameplay, like difficulty and starting lives, to the graphics. For the latter, a setting allows for “enhanced” graphics, with revamped fire and explosion effects, for example. This feature is recycled from the version of arcade Contra included on the Konami Live! Online Game Controller. In addition, due to emulating the original aspect ratio, a border is placed around the unused screen space.

Some might have a difficult experience with this port, due to the imprecise joystick of the XBox 360 controller. Like many XBLA releases, this port of Contra makes use of the Leaderboards system and has many achievements to complete. Multiplayer mode is played in 2 ways – simple co-op offline or online through XBox Live.

Since April of 2017, legacy support of XBox Live Arcade titles for XBox One has included this port of Contra.

Gamerscore Rewards: Microsoft ran a Gamerscore Rewards Program; players could win a free download of this game by completing one of several challenges. It was included in all prize packages, starting with the minimal package for gamer scores under 5000 points.

Demo: Players are able to download and play a trial demo containing the first stage. This demo would later be included in the disc bundled with issue 68 of Official XBox Magazine.

Covers: N/A; this version of Contra is a digitally downloaded product.

 
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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

Cheats

30 Lives: NOTE: This code disqualifies the player from the Leaderboards High Score.
Select Arcade Mode and press UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A. Then start the game.

Assistance

Achievements:
Note: In brackets are the numbers of Gamerscore awarded.

Armory – Collect 4 different weapon power-ups. (10)

Team Work – Score 100,000 points in an Xbox Live Co-op game. (10)

Untouchable – Reach Base 1 without losing a life. (10)

Tunnel runner 1 – Complete Base 1 with 33 seconds or more left. (10)

Infiltration – Destroy the alien tower at the end of the Waterfall stage. (10)

Tunnel runner 2 – Complete Base 2 with 55 seconds or more left. (15)

Well Equipped – Collect 3 different guns in Base 2. (15)

Tough Guy – Reach Base 2 without obtaining a single weapon upgrade. (20)

Proficient – Complete Base 2 with a score of 100,000 or more in Arcade mode. (20)

Partnership – Complete the game in XBox Live Co-op mode. (20)

Bulletproof – Complete the game in Arcade mode using only 1 credit. (25)

Full Assault – Complete the game in under 12 minutes. (30)

 
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FULL PLOT

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

 
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SOUNDTRACK

See the Soundtrack section 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

NTSC-J: Contra

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NTSC-U: Contra

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PAL: Contra

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All 3 regions feature the North American version of arcade Contra. There are currently no known regional differences between the entire ports.

 
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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.

-This version of Contra is essentially a program that emulates a modified ROM image of the original arcade game. Included in this emulator is limited gameplay customization settings, as well as graphical enhancements. Some, though not all, of the original arcade version’s DIP switch settings can be customized through the user interface provided.

 
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TRIVIA

See the Trivia section of the original arcade Contra.

Unseen Origin:
Surprisingly, the XBox 360 port is based on the version featured on the Konami Live! Online Controller.

 
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PROMOTIONAL MEDIA

There is currently no known promotional media to present.

 
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