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For the Contra Returns character, see Noiman Cascade (Returns).

A skilled hacker who infiltrated the military's computers. He will do anything to put a stop to the Hard Corps.
~ Hard Corps instruction booklet

Noiman Cascade (ノイマン•カスケード Noiman Kasukēdo?) is a character in Contra: Hard Corps. He is one of the initial antagonists in the game; a skilled hacker hired by Colonel Bahamut to infiltrate the city's military computers.

History[]

Noiman Cascade was an expert hacker hired by Colonel Bahamut who had the task of starting an outbreak in the city. He infiltrated the defense computer complex, making unmanned weapons to run amok on the streets and attack the populace. The Hard Corps task force was sent to stop these rampaging machines.

A few days after the attack, the Hard Corps followed Cascade's trail to a desolated junkyard at the outskirts of the city. It is implied that Cascade built all the robots encountered in this area to protect himself.

His fate is left unknown after his defeat and subsequent arrest by the Hard Corps, although it is presumed he remained imprisoned.

Description[]

Cascade is encountered at the end of the Junkyard level. He does not fight the player by himself and instead makes use of a virtual reality machine to create moving constellation-like figures to attack them. Once all the three constellations are destroyed, a new style of boss appears, which consists of several floating squares that surround a red core. The squares reconfigure themselves into different objects, changing shape each time the player does enough damage to the core.

Once all the minibosses are defeated, Cascade comes out and surrenders, informing the heroes he was just a hired goon and not the real mastermind behind the city attack and also an even greater evil scheme going on.

Boss fight[]

The fight is split up into two main phases: three constellations and a virtual multi-shaping vehicle known as the "Square Terror".

Zodiac constellations[]

Welcome to the Virtual Zone. I hope you enjoy yourselves!
~ Cascade before challenging the heroes

First, Cascade will activate a virtual reality machine and reshape the whole room into what he calls the "Virtual Zone". He will then turn into a bunch of stars which will start forming various constellations:

Image Description
Noiman Cascade - 04
Taurus
A giant bullhead with its frontal hooves. Taurus will start flying high on the screen, making frequent stops to charge down on the player.
Noiman Cascade - 05
Sagittarius
Upon Taurus's defeat, the stars will form the constellation of Sagittarius, a centaur wielding bow and arrows. Sagittarius will also fly high on the screen and start shooting homing arrows with his bow; however, he moves slower than Taurus and the arrows can be shot in midair.
Noiman Cascade - 06
Gemini
Upon Sagittarius's defeat, the stars will form the constellation of Gemini, a pair of young twins. Gemini will start flying about, with the twin figures circling each other, and then make a stop to create an energy sphere which will start dropping several smaller energy orbs on the ground; these will bounce high up and start raining down across the room, covering a wide area.

Upon their defeat, the stars will form back into Cascade and the second phase of the boss fight will begin.

Square Terror[]

You fight well, fools! But let's see if you can handle this!
~ Noiman preparing for the second phase of the battle

Known as "Square Terror", Noiman will turn into a red square with a central core that will serve as the boss's weak point and surround itself with several yellow squares forming a 5×5 array around it. While transforming, Noiman will receive no HP loss until completion, although any bullets he's hit with will still add points to the player's score.

Image Description
Square Terror (Tetris) Tetris (60HP)
The giant square will use parts of itself to form a T-shaped form and launch it forward, which will then start bouncing around in an attempt to crush the player.
Square Terror (Tank) Tank (30HP)
After sustaining enough damage, the giant square will float to the center of the screen and reconfigure itself in the shape of a tank. The vehicle will run back and forth from the right side of the screen toward the left side while firing off its 'nose tip' square out of its 'barrel' in a missile-like fashion at the hero. 6 bullets are fired in total before the process repeats itself. The square bullet has slight tracking capabilities, which will lower if the hero is on ground level (or crouching from the bullets) or raise if the hero is jumping (over the bullets). To avoid being rammed over by the tank, the hero needs to stay at the very edge of the screen, standing to only fire at the red core while avoiding the square bullets fired from it.

The best method possible is to crouch on the left corner while aiming at the tank and fire off a homing weapon until it is defeated (or in the case of Fang, his upgraded A Weapon). If no such weapon is available and the player is not Fang (due to him being tall enough to fire within range standing), then the hero needs to jump and fire at the same time to hit the core while avoiding the tank's bullets.

Square Terror (Copter) Helicopter (60HP)
Once again, after sustaining enough damage, the squares will reconfigure to their final form, taking the shape of a helicopter. This will start flying about at a greater speed while dropping 8 squares from its runners and also launching its tail propeller in a manner of saw blade, which will initially roll in on the hero's position.

Both the first and third forms have 60 HP, while the second form is half of this (30 HP). Once defeated, the boss will explode, scattering all of its squares around the room and the core will form back into Cascade, leaving him no other option than to surrender.

Quotes and sounds[]

Notes[]

  • Both the Japanese and European instruction booklets of Contra: Hard Corps, as well as development documents for this game in The History of Contra e-book that was included in the Contra Anniversary Collection, state that Cascade was a drug addict and that it was precisely this reason what convinced him to accept working for Colonel Bahamut, as presumably the latter could supply him with anything he asked for in this regard.

Gallery[]

Screenshots[]

Sprites[]

Trivia[]

  • In Probotector (MD), after he is defeated, one of his lines where he says "make a buck" was changed to "make money".
  • In the instruction booklet for Probotector, his name is spelled "Noyman".
  • His name and design may have originated from John von Neumann, a Hungarian mathematician who studied in many fields of science, one of them being involved with digital computers.[1]

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See also[]

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