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For other uses, see Alien Wars (disambiguation).

Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX, known in Japan as Contra: Hard Spirits (魂斗羅 ハードスピリッツ Kontora Hādo Supirittsu?), is a run-and-gun action platformer video game developed by Cing Inc. and published by Konami for the Game Boy Advance handheld system.

It is a port of Contra III: The Alien Wars for the Super NES, with the addition of two levels from Contra: Hard Corps.

Release

After Contra: The Alien Wars for the Game Boy, Konami released a second portable version of Contra III in 2002 for the Game Boy Advance titled Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX, which was released in Japan as Contra: Hard Spirits (魂斗羅 ハードスピリッツ?). Unlike the original Super NES game and the previous Game Boy adaptation, Contra Advance was released in Europe and Australia under the "Contra" name without the "Probotector" title and robotic characters.

Gameplay

The designers made changes to many of the features of the original game due to the Game Boy Advance's lack of X and Y buttons.

  • Bombs and the ability to wield two weapons were removed.
  • The player is given the choice to pick back their previously held weapon after picking a new one.
  • The player can now lock their character's aim like in Contra: Shattered Soldier (allowing them to move anywhere while shooting at one direction).
  • The top-view stages (Stage 2 and 5) from the original Super NES game were replaced with two stages from Contra: Hard Corps (Military Train and Big Battle).
  • This version only has two difficulty levels, Easy and Normal, with Easy mode cutting the game's length at the end of the fourth stage.

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