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The best Contra game was released 23 years ago today

Sega Genesis owners were blessed; we got the most badass, coolest cyberpunk Contra game at the time when all of those Nintendo wussies were playing Contra III: The Alien Wars. Contra: Hard Corps was a tough-as-nails heavy metal album cover ...

 
 
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Mondo has gore-gous Contra and Castlevania wares for SDCC

Fine purveyors of video game vinyl and original art; Mondo, have unveiled a selection of Konami-themed items that will be on sale at San Diego Comic-Con next week.An 18x24 poster for hard-as-nails side-scroller Contra, featuring original ar...

 
 
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Contra is getting a live-action film in China

Hollywood made a movie based on Battleship -- of "You sunk my battleship!" fame -- and still made $300 million at the box office (against a $200 million budget), so it's hard to be surprised at absolutely anything that comes out of billion...

 
 
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Hard Corps: Uprising joins Xbox One backward compatibility

I figured with Microsoft already adding two games to the backward compatible list this week that we wouldn't see more. Not only have they added one of the best Contra games in a long time, but they also decided to include four other games. ...

 
 
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Contra enters the real world on its 30th anniversary

Contra (or Probotector, depending on what part of the world you hail from) was one of the Nintendo Entertainment System's most iconic games, one that strongly resonates with people who grew up with it even today. The series just celebr...

 
 
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Review: Bleed 2

When Bleed came out in 2012, it was a great throwback to run-and-gun platformers of the late '80s and early '90s like Contra and Metal Slug. The sequel looks a lot better, builds on the foundation established in the first game beautifu...

 
 
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That Contra reboot game just looks...ugh

So you may have heard of Tencent, that company seemingly bent on global domination of multiple industries, including your vidjas (want to know something crazy? It owns 48% of Epic Games!).Since Konami loves money, it has partnered up with t...

 
 
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These Contra action figures are historically accurate

Hot on the heels of other classic 8-bit action figures such as purple Jason and grumpy Godzilla, NECA announced the upcoming release of more toys based on games we used to love (well maybe not love, enjoy? Tolerate?) as children. These figu...

 
 
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There's a new Contra coming, for Android and iOS...in China

These days, retro-era publishers can get desperate. While they've made their fortunes on the traditional arcade and console market, other revenue streams can seem enticing after others have struck gold in ways they've never seen before. Suc...

 
 
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Konami is asking what games we'd like to see come back

Everyone’s favourite publisher Konami has released a “heritage game survey”, asking players about some of its IPs (as seen in the image below) and how they feel about them. Importantly, it's asking what we’d like to ...

 
 
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Tomm Hulett's unified Mario Timeline Theory

Game director Tomm Hulett has been working in the industry since he was a kid, starting with a job testing NES games. Since then he's worked on everything from Persona, Contra, Silent Hill, and Adventure Time, but no mat...

 
 
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Click your heels together and wish for SNES or GBA Remixes

When Nintendo feels like we get too close, it puts us right down. It's not the lover man that we want it to be, at least when it comes to fulfilling what can sometimes seem like lofty requests. For instance, remixes featuring other consoles...

 
 
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Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is finally out

Super Mario Crossover, the pixel-for-pixel recreation of Super Mario Bros. that features a selectable cast of NES stars, was all set for the big 3.0 update this past June. It was unfortunately delayed a month, but it is now available for yo...

 
 
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Possibly the best custom Contra figures ever

You've probably heard the story, right? How basically Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone were used as "influences" when designing the cover and character art for the main heroes of Contra. Well someone has taken that story to the ...

 
 
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Contra: Shattered Soldier runs and guns to PSN next week

Contra: Shattered Soldier is blasting its way onto PlayStation Network next week. Announced on the latest edition of the PlayStation Blogcast, the shooter will arrive as a part of next week's store update.  Originally released in ...

 
 
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Know what's a great idea? A Contra remake for iOS

A few months ago, Chinese developer PunchBox Studios unleashed upon the Asian market Contra: Evolution, an iOS remake of the original NES classic that adds touch controls, in-app purchases, and high-definition graphics. Konami saw fit to b...

 
 
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Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is just around the corner

Three years ago as of yesterday, indie dev Exploding Rabbit's Super Mario Bros. Crossover was unleashed online, and the reception couldn't have been warmer. For the benefit of the unfortunate few who haven't heard of this darling fan tribu...

 
 
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Check out this sick 11-minute NES chiptune rock medley

Guitarist Psycho Crusher, whose amazing rock arrangements I've shared numerous times in the past, originally composed this latest jam with the intent to play it live as a full band. Instead, he decided to turn it into a chiptune medley com...

 
 
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Some classic game songs with a Middle-Eastern twist

I've listened to plenty of videogame musical covers in the seven years I've worked at Destructoid. Yet, this is the first time I've heard of a musical cover montage with a Middle-Eastern twist to them. There's even some games covered here ...

 
 
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The top ten Contra songs OF ALL TIME

Castlevania. Mega Man. And finally, Contra. With this, my holy trinity is complete. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the greatest run and gun videogame series ever, Allistair Pinsof ranked the top five Contra games. But what is a g...

 
 
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Ranked: The top five Contra games

While other kids were chasing mushrooms, leveling up mages, and debating boss orders, real tough guys were playing Contra. Though the series saw a dip in quality in the PlayStation generation, it still stands as one of the most intense and ...

 
 
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Sup Holmes gets rad with WayForward's Sean Velasco

[Destructoid's Director of Communications Hamza Aziz asked Jonathan Holmes to make a show called 'Sup, Holmes?' so that Destructoid could later sell a t-shirt that says 'Sup, Holmes?' on it. This is that show. Subscribe to the podcast ...

 
 
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How I learned to love the videogame flamethrower

I was never a fan of flamethrowers in videogames. I am not sure exactly where this started, but I have a pretty good idea: When I used to play Contra III: The Alien Wars with friends, I would do anything to avoid getting the “F”...

 
 
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What is the most consistently great series of all time?

After yesterday's official announcement of Metal Gear Solid 5 (woot!), I started thinking about how there really aren't any bad games in the entire, long-running Metal Gear series. All of the Solid games are near perfect, the handheld games...

 
 




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