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Native Platform: Nintendo Gameboy
Publisher: NTSC-J: Konami
NTSC-U: Ultra Games
Release: NTSC-J: January 8, 1991
NTSC-U: February, 1991
PAL: May 21, 1992
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Operation C, or simply Contra in Japan, is the follow-up to Super Contra and is the first mainstream portable Contra game (see Trivia). Its strong resemblance in gameplay to NES Super Contra has brought the misconception of it being a remake of the aforementioned game.
Indeed, almost the entire game reuses elements from NES Super Contra. The visuals, animation, guns and level structure and progression are similar. The continue system is the same as NES Contra and Super Contra (choosing to continue restarts the stage). Most of the music comes from the original Contra (there are a few new tracks) and the plot, especially the ending, is basically the same.
New to the series is the homing weapon and standardizing the use of rapid fire. Other weapons include the default machine gun, spread gun (which can be upgraded to shoot a wider spread of bullets) and fireball gun from NES Super Contra. The laser gun, however, is absent.
Operation C is a strictly single player game. Depending on the regional version, the player either fights an army led by an alien entity called Black Viper (North American continuity) or an unnamed organization that is in possession of an alien cell.
Complaints are generally minor. For instance, it is a short game, featuring only 5 stages (3 side view and 2 top view). Another problem involves the jumping physics, where the character jumps and lands too fast, creating a narrow parabolic trajectory. As a result, the player must jump very close or at the edge of a platform to pass gaps and it becomes problematic by the third stage. In addition, many feel that Operation C is more or less a rehash of the previous NES titles, offering very few fresh ideas.
Conversely, reusing previous content provides players with more of the same satisfying gameplay. It may not be considered new enough, but it incorporates positive aspects of older Contra games. Overall, Operation C is a solid game and makes for a fun portable experience.
French + Dutch Release:
Note: These stage names are unofficial.
Stage 1: Harbor
Stage 2: Base
Stage 3: Cascade Jungle
Stage 4: Alien Nest
Stage 5: Laboratory
An unnamed nation is harboring an alien cell for warfare. Bill Rizer is tasked with eliminating the enemy threat and destroying the alien cell. He emerges victorious and stops the nation’s plans.
Bill Rizer – protagonist; playable
Unnamed Organization – antagonist organization
An enemy organization, led by an Alien named Black Viper, becomes the next threat to civilization. They are ultimately stopped by war veteran Scorpion.
Scorpion – protagonist; playable
Black Viper – antagonist; lead alien entity
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•Battle In The Dense Jungle
•Bloody Sault 1
•Bloody Sault 2
•Fortress In The Ice
•Fortress In The Flame
•Pulse Of The Shudder
•Maze Fortress 2
•Area 3 Mid-Boss
•Triumphant Return 1
•Triumphant Return 2
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Operation C has not yet received any conversions.
•Nintendo Game Boy Color
•Nintendo Game Boy
In North America, 2 variants of Operation C were released
It features a Konami label on the packaging and cartridge.
Ultra Games Variant:
It features an Ultra Games label on the packaging and artwork.
Both variants are otherwise completely identical.
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Developmental Material – There is currently no known developmental material to present.