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Contra: Operation Galuga (魂斗羅 オペレーション ガルガ Kontora Operēshon Garuga?) is a run-and-gun platformer video game set in the Contra universe developed by WayForward and published by Konami. It is a reimagining of the arcade/NES version of Contra, featuring modern graphics and new mechanics.[1][2] It borrows characters, enemies, events and other assets from several previous games of the series and implements them into a new story, while also introducing new characters and storyline elements of its own into its narrative. A demo was released on Steam on February 21, 2024, and the retail version was released on March 12, 2024 on current generation platforms, including PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam).

Plot[]

Year: 26XX AD. The Galuga Archipelago off the coast of New Zealand is ground zero for a mysterious meteor shower. Six months later, the Red Falcon terrorist group invades the island, and unusual gravity waves can be detected emanating from the area. The Earth Federation sends in the GX Army for reconnaissance, but contact has been lost. With no other viable options, the Earth Marine Corps dispatches its most elite soldiers - Bill Rizer and Lance Bean of the Contra unit - to investigate and neutralize any potential threats. The conflict that follows turns the once-peaceful island into an all-out warzone where the fate of mankind hangs in the balance.[3]

Gameplay[]

Operation Galuga is a reimagining of the arcade/NES version of Contra, featuring modern graphics and soundtrack, new stages, enemies, bosses, and gameplay mechanics.[1][2] It is a 2.5D run-and-gun platformer game (aesthetically similar to previous titles like Contra: Evolution and Contra Returns). The game features an updated weapons system; classic weapons like the Spread Gun, Laser, Flame Thrower and Homing Gun are back, but now feature stackable upgrades that increase their destructive power, as well as introducing the new "Overload" system, which allow them to unleash unique attacks and special abilities.

There are three modes of play: Story Mode, Arcade Mode and Challenge Mode. In Story Mode, up to two players can play simultaneously along eight stages to defeat the evil Red Falcon alien invasion. In Arcade Mode, up to four players can join in simultaneous play.

The game borrows elements previously displayed from Hard Corps: Uprising. Characters can utilize a Health Bar, allowing themselves to receive multiple hits before dying. Characters can also make use of physical abilities such as Dashing and Double Jumping. This game marks the return of sliding, an ability first seen in Contra: Hard Corps. Operation Galuga also features different difficulty options to accommodate each players' skill, as well as a variety of challenge options. A Perk Shop is also accessible where a player can purchase upgrades for a specific character of choice.

Key features[]

  • Multiple playable characters with distinct abilities.
  • Stackable weapon upgrade system and "Overload" special abilities.
  • Multiple difficulty options, including the option for classic one-hit deaths.
  • Color coded weapons and character icons for ease of identification.
  • 3-point color coded Health Bar (3 or more = green, 2 = yellow, 1 = red).

Special features[]

Characters[]

Playable[]

Character Initial HP Availability Weapons Overloads Abilities Unique Perk
OG Bill HUD icon
Bill Rizer
OG HUD 3HP
3 HP
Story: Always

Arcade: Always
OG HUD Wpn M1 Machine Gun
OG HUD Wpn S1 Spread Shot
OG HUD Wpn F1 Flame Weapon
OG HUD Wpn H1 Homing Missile
OG HUD Wpn C1 Crush Bombs
OG HUD Wpn L1 Laser Beam
OG UI Wpn M1 Barrier
OG UI Wpn S1 Salvo
OG UI Wpn F1 Shield
OG UI Wpn H1 Drones
OG UI Wpn C1 Barrage
OG UI Wpn L1 Hyper
Dash
Double Jump
Bill's Spirit
Bill's Spirit
OG Lance HUD icon
Lance Bean
OG HUD 3HP
3 HP
Story: Always

Arcade: Always
OG HUD Wpn M1 Machine Gun
OG HUD Wpn S1 Spread Shot
OG HUD Wpn F1 Flame Weapon
OG HUD Wpn H1 Homing Missile
OG HUD Wpn C1 Crush Bombs
OG HUD Wpn L1 Laser Beam
OG UI Wpn M1 Barrier
OG UI Wpn S1 Salvo
OG UI Wpn F1 Shield
OG UI Wpn H1 Drones
OG UI Wpn C1 Barrage
OG UI Wpn L1 Hyper
Dash
Double Jump
Lance's Spirit
Lance's Spirit
OG Ariana HUD icon
Ariana
(debut)
OG HUD 2HP
2 HP
Story: After Stage 3

Arcade: Unlock in Story
OG HUD Wpn M1 Machine Gun
OG HUD Wpn S1 Spread Shot
OG HUD Wpn F1 Flame Weapon
OG HUD Wpn H1 Homing Missile
OG HUD Wpn C2 Crush Grenades
OG HUD Wpn L1 Laser Beam
OG UI Wpn M1 Barrier
OG UI Wpn S1 Salvo
OG UI Wpn F1 Shield
OG UI Wpn H1 Drones
OG UI Wpn C2 Vortex
OG UI Wpn L1 Hyper
Slide
Double Jump
Ariana's Spirit
Ariana's Spirit
OG Lucia HUD icon
Lucia
OG HUD 3HP
3 HP
Story: After Stage 4

Arcade: Unlock in Story
OG HUD Wpn M1 Machine Gun
OG HUD Wpn S2 Charge Spread
OG HUD Wpn F1 Flame Weapon
OG HUD Wpn H1 Homing Missile
OG HUD Wpn C1 Crush Bombs
OG HUD Wpn L1 Laser Beam
OG UI Wpn M1 Barrier
OG UI Wpn S2 Counter
OG UI Wpn F1 Shield
OG UI Wpn H1 Drones
OG UI Wpn C1 Barrage
OG UI Wpn L1 Hyper
Grapple
Dash
Lucia's Spirit
Lucia's Spirit
OG Stanley HUD icon
Stanley
Ironside

(debut)
OG HUD 4HP
4 HP
Story: After Stage 7

Arcade: Unlock in Story
OG HUD Wpn M2 Rapid Discs
OG HUD Wpn S1 Spread Shot
OG HUD Wpn F1 Flame Weapon
OG HUD Wpn H1 Homing Missile
OG HUD Wpn C1 Crush Bombs
OG HUD Wpn L2 Ring Laser
OG UI Wpn M2 Cascade
OG UI Wpn S1 Salvo
OG UI Wpn F1 Shield
OG UI Wpn H1 Drones
OG UI Wpn C1 Barrage
OG UI Wpn L2 Stream
Grapple
Hover
Stanley's Spirit
Stanley's Spirit
OG Probo M4D-0G HUD icon
(M4D-0G)
OG HUD 3HP
3 HP
Story: Unavailable

Arcade: Always
OG HUD Wpn M1 Machine Gun
OG HUD Wpn S1 Spread Shot
OG HUD Wpn F1 Flame Weapon
OG HUD Wpn H1 Homing Missile
OG HUD Wpn C1 Crush Bombs
OG HUD Wpn L1 Laser Beam
OG UI Wpn M1 Barrier
OG UI Wpn S1 Salvo
OG UI Wpn F1 Shield
OG UI Wpn H1 Drones
OG UI Wpn C1 Barrage
OG UI Wpn L1 Hyper
Dash
Double Jump

With Perks:
Grapple (α)
Hover (β)
Probo Spirit α
Probo Spirit α

Probo Spirit β
Probo Spirit β
Probotector
OG Probo SC0RP1 HUD icon
(SC0RP1)
Warning - Character spoilers. Click to continue.
OG Sheena HUD icon
Sheena
Etranzi
OG HUD 2HP
2 HP
Story: Unavailable

Arcade: Buy in Perk Shop
after clearing Story Mode
(Bradley must be saved in Stage 7)
OG HUD Wpn M1 Machine Gun
OG HUD Wpn S2 Charge Spread
OG HUD Wpn F1 Flame Weapon
OG HUD Wpn H1 Homing Missile
OG HUD Wpn C2 Crush Grenades
OG HUD Wpn L1 Laser Beam
OG UI Wpn M2 Cascade
OG UI Wpn S1 Salvo
OG UI Wpn F2 Guardian
OG UI Wpn H1 Drones
OG UI Wpn C1 Barrage
OG UI Wpn L2 Stream
Grapple
Deflect
Slide
Dive Kick
Sheena's Spirit
Sheena's Spirit
OG Browny HUD icon
Browny
OG HUD 2HP
2 HP
Story: Unavailable

Arcade: Buy in Perk Shop
after clearing Story Mode
(Bradley must be saved in Stage 7)
OG HUD Wpn M2 Rapid Discs
OG HUD Wpn S1 Spread Shot
OG HUD Wpn F2 Flame Blast
OG HUD Wpn H2 Homing Beam
OG HUD Wpn C1 Crush Bombs
OG HUD Wpn L2 Ring Laser
OG UI Wpn M1 Barrier
OG UI Wpn S2 Counter
OG UI Wpn F1 Shield
OG UI Wpn H2 Portals
OG UI Wpn C2 Vortex
OG UI Wpn L1 Hyper
Grapple
Dash
Triple Jump
Browny's Spirit
Browny's Spirit
OG Fang HUD icon
Brad Fang
OG HUD 4HP
4 HP
Story: Unavailable

Arcade: Buy in Perk Shop
after clearing Story Mode
(Bradley must be saved in Stage 7)
OG HUD Wpn M2 Rapid Discs
OG HUD Wpn S2 Charge Spread
OG HUD Wpn F2 Flame Blast
OG HUD Wpn H2 Homing Beam
OG HUD Wpn C2 Crush Grenades
OG HUD Wpn L2 Ring Laser
OG UI Wpn M2 Cascade
OG UI Wpn S2 Counter
OG UI Wpn F2 Guardian
OG UI Wpn H2 Portals
OG UI Wpn C2 Vortex
OG UI Wpn L2 Stream
Deflect
Savage Dash
Pounce
Brad's Spirit
Brad's Spirit
  • Weapons in italics are for Alternate Weapons and Overloads, and appear with Level 2 weapon/pickup icons for further visual distinction.

NPCs[]

Stages[]

# Name Midbosses Boss Music
1 OG UI Stage 1
Jungle
N/A Super Wall
(Right, Left, Center Walls)
Time to Introduce Ourselves (opening and closing sections)
Contra Has Arrived (on-fire middle section)
Knock Harder (Super Wall)
2 OG UI Stage 2
Base
Armored Trucks ×2
(Silver, then Red)
Mutant Lieutenant Let's Get this Done
Guess We Touched a Nerve (Armored Trucks)
Knock Harder (Mutant Lieutenant)
3 OG UI Stage 3
Village
Guldaf Dagra Gromaides You Shouldn't be Here (village section)
No Island Vacation (waterfall section)
Guess We Touched a Nerve (Guldaf Dagra)
Signs of Alien Life (Gromaides)
4 OG UI Stage 4
Lab
Spidal Alien Heart Rolling Out the Red Carpet (section up to rotators)
Only the Beginning (section after rotators)
Guess We Touched a Nerve (Spidal)
Signs of Alien Life (Alien Heart)
5 OG UI Stage 5
Ice Train
Big Bot Gordea Devil Worm Thanks for the Ride
Guess We Touched a Nerve (Big Bot Gordea)
Signs of Alien Life (Devil Worm)
6 OG UI Stage 6
Ruins
Beowulf Big Fuzz Remnants of the Sol
Guardian of the Lemris (Beowulf)
Knock Harder (Big Fuzz)
7 OG UI Stage 7
Alien Hive
Metal Alien Kimkoh Throwing a Few Rocks
Guess We Touched a Nerve (Metal Alien)
Signs of Alien Life (Kimkoh)
8 OG UI Stage 8
Escape Ship
Varanis Dragon God Java Taking the Ball and Going Home (spaceship section)
What they were Growing in the Lab (inside Java section)
Silence (Varanis)
Can we Keep Him? (Dragon God Java)
Demo OG UI Stage 1
Jungle
(Internally called VS_Jungle)
Super Wall
(Right, Left, Center Walls)
Gromaides Time to Introduce Ourselves (opening and closing jungle sections)
Contra Has Arrived (on-fire middle jungle section)
Guess We Touched a Nerve (Super Wall)
No Island Vacation (waterfall section)
Signs of Alien Life (Gromaides)

Development[]

Operation Galuga was first announced on the Contra Official account at X on September 14, 2023.[5] An Announcement Trailer of the Nintendo Switch version was released shortly afterward on the official Nintendo of America YouTube page revealing some aspects of the game, such as it being developed by WayForward (who previously worked on Contra 4) and showcasing gameplay that included playable characters, weapons, enemies, bosses, etc. Later that day, on the Nintendo Direct 9.14.2023, more aspects of the game were revealed, such as more detailed key features and an expected release date on early 2024.

Operation Galuga was designed to be approachable to newcomers. Konami wanted to bring new players into the IP, but agreed that it could not be an easy game lest it alienate existing fans. The game's system of mobility boosts, weapon upgrades, and extra lives is a case in point, said system being loosely inspired by Gradius V.[6]

Reception[]

On the review aggregator website Metacritic, Contra: Operation Galuga holds a "mixed or average" approval score of 71, based on 22 critic reviews, and a "mixed or average" score of 7.2, based on 16 user ratings.[7]

Gallery[]

Screenshots[]

Artworks[]

Miscellaneous[]

Videos[]

Trivia[]

  • Much of the overall game resembles Contra 4, a previous installment also made by WayForward.
  • This is the first Contra game to feature four-player simultaneous co-op. Previous installments were only limited to two-player co-op (with the exceptions of Operation C and C: The Contra Adventure, which were limited to one player only).
  • The acronym of this game's subtitle is "OG", which is often used as an abbreviation for the word "original". When asked if this was a coincidence, Tomm Hulett, director of the game, said laughing: "I don't think it was an accident".[10]
  • When a player dies, the defeated sound effect from the NES Contra plays.

See also[]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Contra: Operation Galuga at Konami.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nintendo Direct 9.14.2023 - Nintendo Switch at YouTube.
  3. Description from the official Contra: Operation Galuga website.
  4. @ContraSoldier (Contra Official(魂斗羅公式)) at X (March 7, 2024).
  5. @ContraSoldier (Contra Official(魂斗羅公式)) at X (September 14, 2023).
  6. Operation Galuga's Director On Capturing That Classic Contra Feeling at Kotaku (March 13, 2024).
  7. Contra: Operation Galuga at Metacritic (retrieved: April 6, 2024).
  8. @Konami at X (November 23, 2023).
  9. @WayForward at X (December 31, 2023).
  10. How WayForward's New Contra: OG Boldly Reimagines a Classic | Developer Interview by GameXplain at YouTube.

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