Contra Spirits

Contra Spirits

As a fan of Contra I was shocked to learn of the staggering number of bootleg and unlicensed games in the series created overseas. Most of these games were simply sprite hacks but a few like Super Contra X were...
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Neo Contra

Neo Contra

Contra saw some dark days but Konami was able to right the ship with Contra: Shattered Soldier.  Although it was incredibly difficult it had everything you could have wanted in a next generation action game: stylish production values, a great...
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Contra: Shattered Soldier

Contra: Shattered Soldier

At the end of the PlayStation era Contra as a series was in danger of fading away.  What once stood for some of the most bad ass action games on the planet had been reduced to a joke after two...
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C: the Contra Adventure

C: the Contra Adventure

Anyone who had the misfortune of playing Contra: Legacy of War was scarred.  The game was so bad it single-handedly ruined the series legacy of excellence.  Yet two years later Konami would return with the same developer and deliver its...
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Contra: Legacy of War

Contra: Legacy of War

Coming off the back of Hard Corps Contra enjoyed a new wave of popularity and quality.  That game was one of the best action games of that era and raised the bar for its genre.  Going into the 32-bit era...
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Super C

Super C

It’s funny to look back on my initial impression of Super C.  Don’t get me wrong I knew it was great but I didn’t think of it as anything special.  I guess in my mind I just assumed it was...
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Psycho Chaser

Psycho Chaser

The Turbo Grafx was a decent console in the US but had a fantastic library in Japan.  Almost every console has hidden gems that were left in Japan but next to the Saturn the PC Engine is the worst offender...
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Elemental Master

Elemental Master

Anyone who is a fan of shooters knows about the Thunder Force series.  Developer Technosoft proved that they were a master at the genre with those titles but they were just getting started.  They also created what many consider to...
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Super R-Type

Super R-Type

Super R-Type was my introduction to the series.  Where most had the fortune of playing versions on the Master System, Turbo Grafx or the original arcade game I was not as fortunate.  That is one hell of an introduction to...
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Forgotten Worlds

Forgotten Worlds

Even after all these decades the 80s action craze still finds ways to entertain.  If you are a child of the 90s or later sadly you missed out.  This was a time where shirtless action heroes were a dime a...
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