10 classic Contra games in one package all on your Nintendo Switch
Contra (Arcade version, North American version and Japanese* version)
Contra III: The Alien Wars
Contra Hard Corps
Probotector (European Mega Drive version)
Super Probotector Alien Rebels (European SNES version)
*Japanese versions will be released later via an update
BONUS CONTENT - The History of Contra (74 pages bonus e-book)
Missing in Action:
Probotector (European NES version)
Probotector (European Game Boy version)
Contra: Legacy of War
C The Contra Adventure
Contra: Shattered Soldier
Hard Corps: Uprising
Technically speaking it’s very similar to M2’s work on the Castlevania Collection, as expected, but with the addition of rapid fire toggle and hold buttons.
But that does mean the scanline filters, like M2’s other recent work on the mini consoles and Namcot Collection, are quite dark, and the Game Boy filter is just OK.
Contra III and Neo Contra aside, this is a series I haven’t played of, I’ve always wanted to play the Famicom adaptation of Super-C, which I started today, and I’m loving it so far.
While I found Contra III almost too exacting, Super-C is astonishingly well designed, serving up a firm-but-fair challenge that still gives you plenty of room to try new approaches instead of being tunnelled into a specific route. I also played Game Boy’s Operation C, which may well have been a director’s cut of Super-C. Really impressive programming and authenticity to its level designs and controls, though it isn’t as impressively forward thinking on the level design front as the Game Boy Castlevanias were.
Edit: Konami’s Bonus Book might be worth the price of entry alone, due to the interview with Nobuya Nakazato, who talks about developing the games starting from when he joined Konami in the late 80s (back when it was based in Kobe), and the design documents detail the fascinating evolution of the series, from concept to enemy and level designs. Operation-C was always designed to not stray from the elements of the first two Famicom titles according to the concept document, which explains a lot. It does what it sets out to do really well in those terms.