Hold on to your ‘nads, gentlemen, it just got a whole lot more badass in here. Contra is almost certainly the manliest game (series) ever made. It’s like Rambo: the video game (not to be confused with... Rambo: The Video Game, next month’s upcoming FPS featuring setpieces from the first three movies). Prepare yourself for some good ol’ fashioned arcade shoot-age.
The first installment of Contra was released in chunky cabinet coin-op form in 1987. It was then ported to the NES, and an array of obscure consoles only the nerdliest of bastards have ever heard of (what in holy hell was the Playchoice-10?). It’s a violence-tacular run and gun military shooter, much like Metal Slug, and retains the same beloved status among retro heads. Let’s take a look.
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