In an exclusive reveal to IGN yesterday, Konami have unveiled the complete line-up to their upcoming Contra Anniversary Collection.
The follow-up to Konami’s reasonably successful Castlevania and Arcade Classics anniversary collections, the Contra Anniversary Collection will include a variety of titles from across the franchise’s history.
The games included in the collection are:
- Contra (Arcade version)
- Contra (NES version)
- Contra (Famicom version)
- Super Contra (Arcade version)
- Super C (NES)
- Operation C (GameBoy)
- Contra 3: The Alien Wars (SNES)
- Contra: Hard Corps (Sega Genesis)
- Probotector (Sega Mega Drive)
- Super Probotector: Alien Rebels (SNES)
The Japan-only Famicom version of Contra had several improvements over the NES version, including storyline sequences, a map screen, and graphical enhancements in some of the levels. Similarly, the Probotector games were European and Australian regional variants of Contra: Hard Corps and Contra 3. Probotector kept the core gameplay intact but swapped out all of the human characters for robots to sidestep local laws regarding violent content. Even protagonists Bill Rizer and Lance Bean were replaced with robotic equivalents called RD-008 and RC-011.
Konami has also promised to add an additional six Contra games previously available only in Japan as part of a free update:
- Contra (Japanese Arcade version)
- Super Contra (Japanese Arcade version)
- Super Contra AKA Super C (Famicom)
- Contra Spirits AKA Contra 3 (Famicom)
- Contra AKA Operation C (GameBoy)
- Contra: The Hard Corps (Sega Mega Drive)
All in all that’s 16 games, albeit some of the regional variants. The only notable absence from the list is Contra Force, which was a NES title released only in the US. It was originally known as Arc Hound in Japan, but the project was cancelled before release. Mysteriously though, the game still made it to shelves in America under a new name.
Contra Anniversary Collection is coming this summer to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch.