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So, Wait, There's A New Contra Game Coming Next Week?

Out of the blue, Konami Japan has quietly posted a product page on a new 2D Contra coming soon to WiiWare.

I'd like to think the announcement of a new 2D, side-scrolling Contra game warrants greater fanfare than a simple product listing posted quietly on Konami Japan's site, but then I'd also like to think I'm not a rapidly aging NES fan still living in the '80s.

Anyway, that's exactly what's happened with Contra Rebirth, which you can see a few screenshots of below. The game will be hitting WiiWare in Japan next Tuesday for 1,000 points ($10), and will apparently have two-player play of some kind. 


You know, this doesn't look so graphically complex; couldn't they have made this a DSiWare game instead? That service is desperate for some kind of meaningful content. Maybe old-school Contra just isn't that big a deal these days.

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Posted by Brad
I'd like to think the announcement of a new 2D, side-scrolling Contra game warrants greater fanfare than a simple product listing posted quietly on Konami Japan's site, but then I'd also like to think I'm not a rapidly aging NES fan still living in the '80s.

Anyway, that's exactly what's happened with Contra Rebirth, which you can see a few screenshots of below. The game will be hitting WiiWare in Japan next Tuesday for 1,000 points ($10), and will apparently have two-player play of some kind. 


You know, this doesn't look so graphically complex; couldn't they have made this a DSiWare game instead? That service is desperate for some kind of meaningful content. Maybe old-school Contra just isn't that big a deal these days.

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Posted by Scooper

You're probably right in that this sort of thing should be put on the DSiWare. Bird & Beans is cool but....I'm not completely sold on the Animal Crossing clock.

Edited by Crono

Ohh wow this is actually really exciting.  2D games still excite me just as much as some 3D blockbusters do these days.  I bet this will be hard as balls.  Also, yes DSiWare this!

Edited by Al3xand3r
Brad said:
"Maybe old-school Contra just isn't that big a deal these days."
Um, what? Yeah, I guess it wouldn't be on the Wii if it was a big deal? Pft! The DS got Contra IV, the Wii got Contra III VC and now this sequel of sorts, probably due to the VC sales of the former. I don't see the need to complain about any of this but that's just me, all out of touch as usual.
Posted by FlipperDesert

I love 2D games, they have a kind of innocent charm to them. Then they punch you in the face with diffculty.

I'd rather just buy a NES than either play on WiiWare or DSiWare, though.

Posted by JJOR64

I agree with the DSiWare stuff.  This game would be awesome on the DSiWare and it would probably sell a lot there.

Posted by darkjester74

Agreed, this would be a much more exciting release if it was headed to DSiWare.  Could even be its first "killer app".

Posted by TripMasterMunky

Contra 4 for DS was cool. They should stuck to that system.

Posted by Stang

All i hope is that it is not as frustratingly hard as 4. No game has ever pissed me off that bad!

Posted by RedNinja

I don't see any difference between this and the SNES version.

Edited by Al3xand3r
RedNinja said:
"I don't see any difference between this and the SNES version."
Maybe that's the point? All Mega Man 9-ish and stuff? Same old school charm, all new levels, bosses and frustration.
Posted by RenegadeSaint

Contra 4 is amazing, so I hope this continues the legacy.

Posted by racastro

Awesome, I love contra

Posted by kennybaese

A DSiWare Contra would be kick ass.

Posted by ImperiousRix

I loved Contra 4 on the DS.  It woulda definitely been great to see this game on DSiware, but c'mon...
Wii needs some love every now and again.

Posted by Milkman

Graphics look kind of weird. Also, Al3xander3r, you are so dumb. Please just stop commenting. Brad said that because there was no announcement of the game or any hype, obviously he likes Contra a lot. Please go dig a ditch and promptly put yourself in it.

Posted by RHCPfan24

This is came out of nowhere. Well, I probably won't get it but I like that they are still making games in this franchise. I have already had my ass handed to me in Contra 4 so I don't need another beating.

Posted by AgentJ

If i ever finish Contra 4, I might be tempted to pick this up. However, since these old-school sidescrolling shooters arent exactly one of my favorite genres, I may just stick with Contra 4 for the rest of my gaming life. 

Edited by Al3xand3r
Milkman said:
"Graphics look kind of weird. Also, Al3xander3r, you are so dumb. Please just stop commenting. Brad said that because there was no announcement of the game or any hype, obviously he likes Contra a lot. Please go dig a ditch and promptly put yourself in it."
Dude what the hell are you talking about, this is even a Japanese release, not NA or EU so what hype would YOU be seeing out of it? And since when do WiiWare games get any extra hype at all anyway, isn't the week they stay prominent as the only new release on WIiWare enough? That's the whole point of having the releases done in this manner, you know... Oh, it's you. Carry on mr moderator wannabe who thinks GB is his lawn.
Posted by MattyFTM

I've been practising my up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, start. So bring it on!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by MrMiyagi

Woah that's interesting.

Posted by Dan_CiTi

Fuck yes Gradius Rebirth was the best Gradius game and I hope this follows in its footsteps.

Posted by SJSchmidt93

Looks cool. Hope it comes to the US.

Posted by DukeTogo

Believe it or not, like the iphone, not everyone has a DSi.  Making it for the Wii and possibly other online services is where this type of game is best served.

Where's Castlevania Rebirth?  Or Jackal for that matter?  A two player twin (quad?) stick shooter in the form of a new Jackal is perfect for this kind of release.

Posted by TobyD81

No way! I might be down for this.

Edited by Endogene

There was Contra 4 that came out not to long ago on the DS, perhaps that that game is still selling well enough that launching a similar (cheaper) downloadable game for the same platform would hurt the more expensive Contra 4 its sales. Might also be that there are no new Contra games on the Wii for the moment so there should be more people looking for a Contra fix on that platform.

O well, I'm just glad that they are doing this, hope it turns out just as good as Gradius Rebirth.

Posted by theMcNasty

Don't worry Brad, this is exciting news indeed.  Too bad it's not DSiWare though.

Posted by Diamond

Was Gradius Rebirth really that good?  I heard it was basically a remake of Gradius with slowdown problems.

I hope they make another full Gradius game like V on PS2.

Posted by Brad
@Milkman

Thanks for posting so I didn't have to.

@DukeTogo

Believe it or not, not everyone has a Wii. I don't.
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Posted by Endogene
Diamond said:
"Was Gradius Rebirth really that good?  I heard it was basically a remake of Gradius with slowdown problems.I hope they make another full Gradius game like V on PS2."
I only played it for a small amount so that must be why i have no memories of any slowdown. The game is quite a throw down back to the origins of the series so it plays pretty different compared to the latest Gradius, it's the same "problem" as with Megaman 9. It also had some basic online score sharing stuff and you could save your runs to review (aka boast about) them.

Contra however did not evolve all that much gameplay wise over the years so i guess that this game will be a bit more familiar to most people.
Posted by StaticFalconar

I'm more of a metal slug kinda guy.

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

OMG NEW CONTRA FTFW! I LOVE CONTRA!

Posted by zityz

Wish it came here as well, hopefully soon, cause I loved the contra series.

Posted by Media_Master

haven't played it yet