Retro Review: Super Contra (NES)

Title: Super C
System: NES

Super Contra, or Super C, released by Konami for NES in 1990 and is an outstanding follow up to Contra, building on the foundational basics to excellent results.

Players once again take Bill and Lance shooting through an army of enemy soldiers, robots, and aliens. Graphics are a bit better with a little more background detail and some animations in the areas. While there’s not a large and varied soundtrack, as with most NES era games, there are a couple of catchy tunes. What’s most improved, though, are the controls. While the basic scheme is the same, running, ducking, jumping, and direction of shooting, everything feels a bit more responsive and precise.

The same weapon upgrades return as well, making the gameplay familiar and easy to jump right in and fight the definitely-not-Xenomorph aliens.

While not as generous as Contra, the Konami code is still functional, though a bit reverse of the original. All in all, Super Contra is still a lot of fun, especially with 2 players. Much like its predecessor, though, players may want to remember right, left, down, up, A, B, (select for 2 players), start!

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