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Konami Announces Contra 4 for Nintendo DS

by Jonathan Metts - June 20, 2007, 1:49 pm PDT
Total comments: 14 Source: Konami of America

It's being developed by WayForward Technologies and is due out this year.

KONAMI ANNOUNCES CONTRA 4 FOR NINTENDO DS™

Explosive Action Series Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Unique Dual Screen Presentation, New Gameplay Elements and Cooperative Multiplayer Mayhem

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – June 20, 2007 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced Contra 4 (working title) for the Nintendo DS™. Marking the 20th anniversary of the quintessential action franchise, the game pushes 2D side-scrolling action in an all-new direction with gunplay that spans two full screens, original gameplay mechanics that grant players deadlier abilities than ever before, and frantic multiplayer functionality.

Contra 4 takes place two years after the events of Contra III: The Alien Wars. After saving earth from invasion by Red Falcon, Bill Rizer and Lance Bean are confronted with a new extraterrestrial menace: the terrifying Black Viper. Joined by hard-boiled mercenaries Mad Dog and Scorpion, the warriors must once again wage war against an entire army of invaders.

Refining the 2D side-scrolling genre the series established 20 years ago, Contra 4 delivers pure action at a fever pitch as players jump, shoot, and dodge oncoming hazards. Utilizing a new dual screen presentation, the action spans both screens of the Nintendo DS, giving players the opportunity to battle across expansive environments in which death can come from any direction. The use of both screens for the game’s core action also allows for massive boss battles as players try to seek and destroy the weak points of sky-high enemies. A first for the series, Contra 4 introduces a grappling hook accessory that lets players grab onto elements of the environment directly above them. Whether using it to avoid oncoming dangers or attack from a strategic vantage point, the grappling hook allows for new combat situations and dramatic set pieces that underscore the game’s adrenaline-soaked pedigree.

Continuing the multiplayer tradition of previous games in the series, Contra 4 lets two players battle together against Black Viper’s army of vile alien forces and reclaim Earth for mankind.

Developed by WayForward Technologies, Contra 4 is planned for release on the Nintendo DS in 2007. For more information on the game and the Contra franchise, please visit: www.konami.com.

Talkback

NinGurl69 *hugglesJune 20, 2007

20 years is a long time to treat a franchise like crap. Leave it to Konami.

ShyGuyJune 20, 2007

Up up, down down, left right left right, B A start.

GioGioJune 20, 2007

Must be a remake of the awesome Operation C if it's featuring Black Viper.

Strange they reused the names "Mad Dog" and "Scorpion" for Bill and Lance again...

So is that singlecart or multicart multiplayer?

WuTangTurtleJune 20, 2007

Seems like a good idea, but then again Contra's last gen outings have been outright crappy. If they keep the 2-D in, that should at least be something positive.

S-U-P-E-RTy Shughart, Staff AlumnusJune 20, 2007

I wonder if Sota Fujimori, my new favorite game music composer lately, is doing the soundtrack!

NephilimJune 20, 2007

atleast its not exclusive to playstation like most of konami's other crap remakes/sequals of great francises in last 10years

WuTangTurtleJune 20, 2007

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Originally posted by: WuTangTurtle
If they keep the 2-D in, that should at least be something positive.


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Originally posted by: DeadlyD
atleast its not exclusive to playstation like most of konami's other crap remakes/sequals of great francises in last 10years



Well now we got a total of, drum roll please..........2 positives!face-icon-small-happy.gif

that Baby guyJune 20, 2007

I thought all of the hardcore 2D fans bought the PSP. Isn't that where they're putting the next CastleVania?

GoldenPhoenixJune 20, 2007

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Originally posted by: Professional 666
20 years is a long time to treat a franchise like crap. Leave it to Konami.


The Playstation 2 Contras were great games (well at least the traditional scrolling ones).

Ian SaneJune 21, 2007

"atleast its not exclusive to playstation like most of konami's other crap remakes/sequals of great francises in last 10years"

Well to be fair the Playstation was the market leader for the last 10 years.

"Strange they reused the names 'Mad Dog' and 'Scorpion' for Bill and Lance again..."

My brother will be quite pleased. He prefers those names.

I'm just happy it's not Jimbo and Sully.

ShyGuyJune 21, 2007

I played Contra on the PS2 and the one thing I didn't like was the fact that you started out with all the weapons and just switched between them. Half of the gameplay of previous Contras was getting the right weapon and holding onto it.

ArbokJune 21, 2007

Wow. So Konami got the developer of the pretty tepid Godzilla: Domination for the GBA to make this game?

Hope = Lost

Have hope... SHANTAE!!!

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