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A MASSIVE TREASURY FOR THE CONTRA SERIES
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You want information on what Contra is like outside of mainstream Konami? Here is the place for that. In the categories, you’ll find 6 sections:
PIRATE CONTRA MARKET: In this section, you’ll find all unlicensed games of Contra I know and have come across. They have videos and images where applicable. Subsections:
8-Bit Clones: Games for clones of the common 8-bit consoles (NES, SMS, etc.). You most likely know of these.
16-Bit Clones: Games for clones of the common 16-bit consoles (SNES, MD, etc.). These are rarer.
General Handheld Pirates: Anything portable.
Misc. Pirates: Whatever that doesn’t fit into the rest (PC, etc.).
CONTRA MADE FANS; FANS MADE CONTRA: Every great series has at least one fan-made game or version of a game. I’ll discuss those things here. Subsections:
Fans>Konami: It’s true. Konami has done nothing for the Contra series for over 10 years now.
Hack-N-Slash: Official games can have all sorts of cool modifications.
Mod Squad: Ever heard of mods? Of course. Contra-themed mods have been made for other games.
Konami-Worthy: Sometimes, “fans” aren’t doing any favors for the Contra series. These abominations can be compared to the work of today’s Konami.
UNSEEN OFFICIALS: Sometimes, or never, you came across an interesting game, but never heard any news about it. They happen to be official releases, but have been missed by the public due to a very limited distribution and/or little to no publicity. This is where Contra games with that description will be placed. Subsections:
Cell Phone Finds: There are a lot of interesting cell phone Contra games to look at.
iOS Finds: Due to Apple’s policies and such, fan games can be sold as “official”.
Mainstream System Finds: The common rigs, like PC and consoles.
CAMEOS: If you play another game, you may come across something that came directly from Contra. I’ll mention those, here. They can range from games made by the same company as Contra, Konami, or maybe as a tribute by another company or even fans. Subsections:
Fan Tidbits: Fan-made content containing Contra elements/references is not uncommon.
Licensed Tidbits: The official games and other media occasionally fit some Contra in.
Unlicensed Tidbits: They have the
freedom lack of conscience/morale to do this.
NEVER SEEN: There are unreleased games in the Contra series. That’s what I’ll put in here. Subsections:
Canned Officials: Official games that were canceled during development.
Fan Cans: Fan stuff that was canceled during development.
MYSTERIES: I’ll place any unsolved matters relating to Contra in here. Subsections:
Mainstream Oddities: Mysteries with or within official games.
Mobile Oddities: It’s expected that there be many Contra-related mysteries for cell phones.
Fan Game Oddities: There are occasional fan game enigmas.
Unlicensed Oddities: With no way to keep tabs on all the unlicensed goodness, these kinds of mysteries are no surprise.
Alternatively, you can Jump to a Game. Or you can just click on “Jump to a Game” in the “Pages” section.
I would also like to acknowledge several Contra-like games without going into detail because they are either competitors or have received a series of their own:
Journey to Silius; Sunset Riders; Gunstar Heroes; Turrican; Metal Slug
As of today (December 9th, 2011), I dedicate all my future work on this (and the other) blog to Jean-Yves “Jive” Delpech. He has passed away as a cancer he was suffering from finally took away his life. Jive was probably the nicest and most approachable Doomer in the community. Although I cannot say much for his last works in Doom, nor can I agree with his choice to give up Doom due to a questionable religion, I have the utmost respect for him. Though I don’t know him personally, I am aware of how much of a good person he was. His absence from this world is a gap that will never be filled.