We learned what the Contra collection will contain, not long after releasing the Castlevania package.
Konami announced back in March that they plan to release three collections. The Castlevania Anniversary Collection and the Anniversary Collection: Arcade Classics have already been released, so it’s Contra’s turn. We talked about a potential new Contra game yesterday: either NetGames, a German retailer knows something, or they were pre-listing this package. (We may never know.) So, the collection will come with these games:
- Contra (Arcade) + Japanese version via a free update
- Super Contra (Arcade) + Japanese version via a free update
- Super C (NES) + Japanese version via a free update
- Contra III: The Alien Wars (SNES) + Japanese version via a free update
- Contra: Hard Corps (Sega Genesis) + Japanese version via a free update
- Contra (NES)
- Contra (Famicom)
- Operation C (Game Boy) + Japanese version via a free update
- Probotector (Sega Mega Drive)
- Super Probotector: Alien Rebels (SNES)
Notice how many games will be released in multiple versions or formats? We’ll basically get the first three games, as well as Hard Corps from the Mega Drive/Genesis, mixed with multiple localized versions (Probotector would be the European version) and ports. That’s it! It’s four games, no matter how Konami tries to paint it. There are multiple games that we are lacking here: where’s the third game’s excellent Game Boy port, developed by a German team by the name of Factor 5? (You might know them from the Amiga days…) Where are the PS1 games? Where’s Contra 4 from the DS? Where’s the spin-off NES game, Contra Force? What about Shattered Soldier from the PS2, the PS3/X360 Hard Corps: Uprising, or Rebirth? Come on… there wasn’t much if ANY effort put into this collection – even with them planning to add a digital book with the franchise’s origins and early days.
Contra Anniversary Collection will launch in the early summer days on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. If you like run-and-gun/shoot’em up games, you might like this package for 20 dollars/euros.