Super Contra Game Comparison
Released: 1988 | Genre: Run and Gun | Publisher: Konami
Platforms: Arcade, NES, Commodore Amiga, IBM PC
Super Contra (known as Super Contra: The Alien Strikes Back in Japan) is a run and gun game by Konami originally released in the arcades in 1988.
It was ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System under the shortened title of Super C in North America and as Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces in PAL region. It is the sequel to the original Contra and part of the Contra series. The game stars Bill Rizer and Lance Bean, as they are sent to thwart another alien invasion. Both the arcade version and the NES version have been re-released in various other platforms since their original releases.
Two Arcade Versions
Two versions of the Super Contra arcade game were produced. An English version (which was distributed not just in North America. But also in Europe, where the game retained its original title) and a Japanese version. The two versions of the game are almost identical aside from the language of the text shown during the attract sequence.
However, the English version ends the game after the player has cleared the final stage, whereas the Japanese version restarts the game from the first stage after the end credits are shown.
On the second loop, the player’s score, lives and weapons (including hyper shells) will be carried over from the previous play-through. And the game’s difficulty will be set to its highest level (regardless of the machine’s actual setting) – but the continuation feature will cease to be available.
This means that the game will be completely over when the player completes the final stage again or loses all of his lives.
Also, Super Contra was later released as an emulated version of the Arcade original for Xbox 360. And part of the Contra Anniversary Collection for PC Steam, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.