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The Contra Anniversary Collection (魂斗羅 アニバーサリーコレクション Kontora Anibāsarī Korekushon?) is a compilation of ten selected classic titles from the Contra franchise. It was released on June 11, 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (Steam) and Nintendo Switch.

This bundle is part of Konami's "Anniversary Collection" series, celebrating the company's 50th anniversary, along with the Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection and the Castlevania Anniversary Collection.

Key features[]

The collection provides several modern features and additional content for all games, including:

  • Option to select from four Difficulty options (Easy, Normal, Hard, Very Hard) for the arcade games (Contra and Super Contra).
  • Option to enable/disable Turbo fire.
  • Option to select either "Original" (50Hz) or "Turbo" (60Hz) speed mode for the European titles (Super Probotector and Probotector (MD)).
  • Save replay
  • Quicksave/quickload states
  • Option to select from six different display settings for most games:
    • Original
    • Pixel perfect
    • 16:9
    • 4:3 scanlines
    • Pixel perfect scanlines
    • 16:9 scanlines
  • Option to select from six different display settings for Operation C:
    • Original
    • Pixel Perfect
    • Dot Matrix
    • Color filter
    • Color filter (Pixel Perfect)
    • Scanlines
  • Option of picking from three different border frames to use during gameplay.
  • Achievements/Trophies (except for Switch).
  • The History of Contra 74 pages bonus e-book, containing information about the games included in this collection, as well as interviews with the developers, behind the scenes insights, and sketches and design documents never before revealed to the public.

List of games[]

The compilation includes ten titles overall: five selected classic titles from the Contra series, as well as a combination of five ports and different localizations of four of them (the latter mainly being their European "Probotector" counterparts):

1. Contra (arcade, 1987)
2. Super Contra (arcade, 1988)
3. Contra III: The Alien Wars (SNES, 1992)
4. Contra: Hard Corps (Genesis, 1994)
5. Operation C (Game Boy, 1991)

Development[]

On March 19, 2019 Konami announced via its official site the upcoming release of three compilation titles celebrating its 50th anniversary; these include: Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection, Castlevania Anniversary Collection and Contra Anniversary Collection.

The original Japanese versions of selected titles, plus Japanese scans from the bonus e-book, were released in a post-launch update on June 19, 2019.

Limited physical editions of Contra Anniversary Collection by Limited Run, in collaboration with Konami, featuring cover artworks from Tom duBois, is available for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Various formats such as Standard, Classic, Hard Corps and Ultimate Editions, are available. Preorders started as of April 29, 2022.[1]

Reception[]

Contra Anniversary Collection received "generally favorable" reviews on Metacritic, getting a metascore of 81/100 on Nintendo Switch[2] and 74/100 on PlayStation 4.[3]

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References[]

  1. @LimitedRunGames at X (April 18, 2022).
  2. Contra Anniversary Collection (Nintendo Switch) at Metacritic (retrieved: September 22, 2023).
  3. Contra Anniversary Collection (PlayStation 4) at Metacritic (retrieved: September 22, 2023).

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