Contra ReBirth - Wii

Contra ReBirth
  • Publisher: Konami
  • Genre:Action, Shooter
  • Developer: Konami
  • Release Date:Sep 8, 2009
  • # of Players:1 player
  • ESRB:E10+ - Everyone 10+ (Fantasy Violence)
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Game Description: Experience all of the retro side-scrolling action Konami's Contra franchise is famous for in this action-packed WiiWare title. Lock and load with over-the-top weaponry as you battle alien foes solo or with a friend in local two-player co-op.
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PAX 2009: Contra Rebirth Impressions

PAX 2009: Contra Rebirth Impressions

By Patrick Klepek - Posted Sep 04, 2009

Contra, you're hard. But that's okay. Contra Rebirth, a brand-new Contra adventure ala Contra 4 on the DS, was on display at PAX 2009, finally bringing the news we've all been waiting for: confirmation Contra Rebirth is coming to America. Contra Rebirth is dropping on WiiWare next week and there's good reason to be looking forward to Konami's downloadable expansion of the Contra series.


Contra Rebirth is about what you'd expect -- and what you'd want -- from a new Contra. It's tough. I died a lot. I tried beating the centipede-esque boss a handful of times and eventually gave up in frustration. But that's what you expect when booting up a Contra game, so anything less wouldn't be faithful to what's kept the series alive in people's minds for this long.

If the PAX 2009 demo is anything to go by, however, Contra Rebirth will be easier than previous installments. There's less bullet hell (where enemy bullets swarm the entire screen) but plenty of cheap, out-of-your-control deaths (a Contra staple). Still, the sheer fact that I made it to the end of the first stage probably indicates the whole of Contra Rebirth has been designed for less hardcore-inclined to enjoy themselves. I don't have time to memorize bullet patterns anymore!

You won't have to wait long to see what I'm talking about, though. Konami is delivering Contra Rebirth onto WiiWare next week on September 7. Without having played more than the first stage -- and I'm not exactly a Contra expert -- I can't slap a full-on recommendation, but I can tell you I died plenty of times. That's Contra.

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  • Retrofraction

    YaY a game actually worth buying on the VC , not that I don't like star wars games, but it is the third week in a roe of nothing but starwars.

    I want to get the Arcade Version of Altered Beast!!! PAL has it, Japan has it, ME not at all!!!

    Posted: September 8, 2009 11:36 AM