For the 8-9x generation, especially those who have gone through a time of “bloody battle” with 4-button electronic games, Contra is probably the name most often mentioned. It is understandable that at the time of its launch, Contra was quickly considered one of the A-class action games with its simplicity but strangely reasonable. The resounding success of Contra even helped Konami become one of the most famous game publishers globally.
But over time, Contra gradually fell into oblivion. It’s not because Konami lacks investment and neglects this series. Instead, Contra’s later developments were no longer as expected. When the 90s passed and a new generation of game consoles emerged, Contra was still one of the most popular names. At that time, Contra 3D versions were continuously released, but instead of being developed by Konami as before, they were created by the Hungarian company Appaloosa Interactive. Therefore, it is not difficult to understand that the two games Contra: Legacy of War in 1996 and C: The Contra Adventure in 1998 both failed miserably.
Unattractive visuals, bland gameplay, and overall lack of quality have caused these two projects to receive a lot of criticism. In 2002, right after the launch of PlayStation 2, Konami continued to return to the Contra series as a way to implement its austerity policy. The game was called Shattered Soldier and then Neo Contra. Both projects achieved some significant success. But unfortunately, Konami later lost interest in this series. Then Contra 4, developed by Wayforward Technologies in 2007, as well as Contra Rebirth developed by M2 also received positive reviews. From 2009-2017, Konami released three more Contra games on mobile devices but all failed to create a significant effect.
At the present time, Contra seems to have been forgotten by this publisher and although it no longer retains the same attraction as in the past, there is still hope that one day, Konami will continue to revive the brand. This hit is a way to show gratitude and please its longtime fans.