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Contra III: Alien Wars arrives on the virtual console

Konami‘s classic run and gun title, Contra III: Alien Wars, is now available for the Wii U virtual console in North America and Japan.

Contra 3 was released on the Super Nintendo in 1992, and ported to the Game Boy Advance in 2003, as well as the Wii‘s virtual console in 2007. This notorious shooter is considered by many to be the hardest entry in the series. Even on its easiest setting with the Konami code activated, this game has a way of besting even the most skilled players. It was a raw display of the SNES‘s power, making good use of mode 7 in two of its stages; not to mention the beautifully crafted sprites and levels. Even today, you find yourself admiring all the little details in the game.

It was arguably the most inventive game in the series as well, with outrageous designs for stages; such as riding on missiles shot out of a helicopter, which are hitting the boss you’re fighting, the top down perspectives in mode 7, and riding a futuristic motorcycle while shooting down enemies. Its challenging and fun design has yet to be bested, even by its successors Contra 4 and Contra Hard Corps: Uprising.

About Christopher Deleanides

Well, my name's Christopher Deleanides as you all know and I'm the Nintendo Editor here at BG. I've been playing video games since 1992, and I've been a Nintendo fan the entirety of those years. My love for video games as well as Nintendo hasn't changed, and probably never will. The only thing that comes close is politics, as I'm very deeply involved in both local and international issues.

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3 comments

  1. Oh man does this bring back some good memories! If you haven’t played Contra III, go download a copy- it’s one of the very best in the series!

  2. Christopher Deleanides

    Heh, I’ve played my fair share… I just can’t beat it lol. When me and my cousin played this, he managed to beat the rest of it after I was down for the count. Was an impressive playthrough if I do say so myself.

    So, did you beat it Jason?

  3. If memory serves I beat it with a friend of mine who was even more into the series than I was. Contra Hard Corps kicked me in the rear every time though lol

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