Contra for GameBoy

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a game by Konami
Platform: GameBoy
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Contra for GameBoy
Contra for GameBoy
Contra for GameBoy
Contra for GameBoy

So, do you remember that madly challenging arcade game that got us spending far too much of our hard-earned cash? Well, guess what? It's on a portable system to ensure you carry that unbridled rage wherever you go. That's right, Contra for Game Boy will haunt your dreams yet keep you strangely addicted to this legendary run-and-gun shooter.

Contra for GameBoy arrives at a time when fiercely challenging gameplay is all the rage among seasoned gamers. The publishers seemed to realize that arcade visitors were fed up with spending so many coins and getting nowhere. Now they offer players the opportunity to port the game into a home console and keep them dying on the train, on a trip, or wherever they go. So does this version get any easier?

Pure Fury in Your Pocket

So how does the arcade experience translate into a portable console? As you can imagine, there are some limitations compared to something used to being hosted in a giant arcade box. However, you can rest assured that gameplay is just as action-packed and arguably as tricky as you'd get by visiting your local game hub.

Contra for GameBoy features that side-scrolling mayhem that's provided so much punishment to players over the years. Yes, the colors aren't as sharp, and no, there aren't as many challenges, but it's a worthy transition to the small screen. The condensed keys make reaching for the right button frustrating in scenarios that require precision. However, you do get used to them eventually.

So is there anything fundamentally different in gameplay from the original? Apart from the smaller screen and lack of a two-player cooperative, not really. The graphics aren't as immersive, being limited to the GameBoy hardware. Perhaps each stage doesn't feel as tricky either from the old days, but we'll leave that down to the fact that we've just experienced the arcade version.

But fear not! Contra is still the game that's obnoxiously hard yet incredibly addictive. But is it worth the investment for a game you've probably played a few times over? Unless you're a die-hard platforming fan, probably not. It's not to say Contra for GameBoy isn't a good game; it's just not going to bring any dynamic new edge to the experience.

The Future is Side Scrolling

Contra for GameBoy joins a long list of titles that have seen out their days in the arcade to be ported over to the handheld console. It follows the likes of Paperboy and Ms. Pacman to take that arguably challenging, frustrating experience into the small screen and give players another reason to rage out on the go.


So if you want to spend your days running, gunning, and dying on this classic arcade port, you'll probably wish to invest in Contra for GameBoy. It's a cult game that's a must for any seasoned gamer and arguably one of the finest platform games to ever exist. The value of the title will likely prompt a purchase more than anything, as casual gamers may veer away from the difficulty.

Round-Up - Pros & Cons


  • An excellent arcade platform experience brought to the Game Boy
  • The same intense gameplay delivered
  • Scaled to fit to allow players to pull off the more challenging moves


  • Smaller screens and controls make it more difficult to be precise
  • Graphics and colors are toned down
  • The game's difficulty will deter more casual players

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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