Contra Operation Galuga demo release date
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Contra: Operation Galuga is out March 12, demo now

Or OpGal, as I call it.

Konami and WayForward’s Contra: Operation Galuga now has a release date. It’s coming to all platforms March 12, 2024. To hold us over, there’s a demo available right now.

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Contra: Operation Galuga is a retelling of the original 1987 arcade (1988 NES port) narrative that sees Bill Rizer and Lance What’s-his-face storm the Galuga archipelago to take down the Red Falcon organization. This isn’t a remake, however. While references are made to games in the series, everything is remade and modernized.

For example, beyond Bill Rizer and Lance Otherguy, there are a number of other characters in the mix. Each one has its own unique abilities. There’s Lucia, Ariana, Stanley Ironside, and Probotector (based on the censored European ports of the Contra series).

I had the chance to talk to the game’s director, Tomm Hulett a while back. This isn’t WayForward’s first try with the series, as they handled 2007’s well-received Contra 4 for the DS.

Okay, the demo finished downloading for me, so I’m out of here.

Contra: Operation Galuga will launch on March 12 for Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Limited Run Games will be handling the physical release, and preorders will open on March 1. The demo is available today.


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