For detailed information about this series, see: Contra on Wikipedia

Bill and Lance

Lance Bean (left) and Bill Rizer (right) the main characters in Contra

Contra is a run-and-gun style shoot-em-up game by Konami.

Video Games

  • Contra (Feburary 20, 1987). Arcade. Later released on NES, PlayChoice-10, MSX2, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, Mobile phones, PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360.
  • Super Contra (January 8, 1988). Arcade. Later released on NES (under the name Super C), PlayChoice-10, Commodore Amiga, IBM PC, Mobile phones and Xbox 360. Re-released in 2008 for Wii Virtual Console, in 2012 for Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console and 2014 for Wii U Virtual Console. The NES version was also enclosed in the NES Classic Edition.
  • Operation C (January 8, 1991). Game Boy and Game Boy Color.
  • Contra III: The Alien Wars (Feburary 28, 1992). SNES. Later released on Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance. Re-released in 2007 for Wii Virtual Console and 2013 for Wii U Virtual Console.
  • Contra Force (September 30, 1992). NES. Originally an unrelated game titled "Arc Hound" that went unreleased in Japan.
  • Contra: Hard Corps (Augest 8, 1994). Sega Genesis/Mega Drive.
  • Contra: Legacy of War (November 30, 1996). PlayStation and Sega Saturn.
  • C: The Contra Adventure (August 31, 1998). PlayStation.
  • Contra: Shattered Soldier (October 22, 2002). PlayStation 2.
  • Neo Contra (October 19, 2004). PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3.
  • Contra 4 (December 12, 2007). Nintendo DS and Mobile phones.
  • Contra Xīngjì Zhànzhēng (2009). A Chinese-exclusive game for Java cellphones.
  • Contra ReBirth (May 12, 2009). WiiWare.
  • Contra: Evolution (2010). A Chinese remake of the original for Mobile phones. Released as an Arcade game in 2011, and for iOS systems in 2013.
  • Hard Corps: Uprising (Feburary 16, 2011). PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
  • Contra 3D (2013). Pachislot.
  • Contra Returns (June 6, 2017). Mobile phones.

Links to Other Series

Direction Series Date Description Type

4Arrow L Alien19870220 February 20, 1987The Contra series takes inspiration from the Alien series.3

4Arrow L Rambo19880202 February 02, 1988Several boxarts and images in the Contra series are based on promotional images and stills from Rambo movies.3

4Arrow L Predator19880202 February 02, 1988Bill Rizer's art in the boxart of the NES Contra port is traced from a still of Schwarzenegger's character in Predator.3

5Arrow R Blades of Steel19880722 July 22, 1988An ad for Contra appears during intermissions in Blades of Steel.2


Arrow L & R

Snatcher19881126 November 26, 1988Bill and Lance are at The Outer Heaven Show Pub. Stage 3 in Contra III: The Alien Wars (Neo Kobe Steel Factory) is set in Neo Kobe, the setting of Snatcher, and feature Snatcher-looking androids as end bosses.1

5Arrow R The Wizard19891215 December 15, 1989During Jimmy's Training Contra is shown as one of the games he plays.2

5Arrow R Nester199007 July 1990In episode 13 of the Howard & Nester comic, Nester meets with Bill and Lance from Contra.1

5Arrow R Konami Wai Wai World19910105 January 05, 1991Bill Rizer is a playble character in Wai Wai World 2: SOS!! Parsley Jō.1


Arrow L & R

Castlevania1994088 August 8, 1994The secret boss Simondo Belmont from Contra: Hard Corps is a parody of Simon Belmont, including the use of a whip and hitting candles for power ups. In Order of Eclessia, the boss Arthroverta is inspired by Shadow Beast Kimkoh from the NES port of Super Contra.3

5Arrow R Alien Soldier19950224 February 24, 1995Wolfgunblood Garopa from Alien Soldier uses modified sprites of Brad Fang from Contra: Hard Corps.3

5Arrow R Jikkyō Power Pro Wrestling19960913 September 13, 1996Bill and Lance from Contra are selectable characters in Jikkyō Power Pro Wrestling '96: Max Voltage.1

4Arrow L Pac Man19961130 November 30, 1996A Pac-Man-themed minigame featuring tanks can be found as an Arcade and played in Contra: Legacy of War.3

4Arrow L Gyruss19961130 November 30, 1996A Gyruss clone minigame can be found as an Arcade and played in Contra: Legacy of War.3

5Arrow R TwinBee19980227 February 27, 1998Characters from Contra make a cameo appearance on TwinBee PARADISE in Donburi Shima.1

5Arrow R Konami GB Collection19970925 September 25, 1997Operation C is included in Konami GB Collection Vol. 1.3


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Rocket Knight20021022 October 22, 2002In a special ending from Shattered Soldier Bill and Lance find Sparkster and attack him, while in the special ending from Rocket Knight Sparkster gets attacked by Bill.1

5Arrow R Nano Breaker20050127 January 27, 2005Jaguar from Neo Contra is a playable character in Nano Breaker.1

5Arrow R Best Student Council20050810 August 10, 2005A hand puppet named after Lance Bean from Contra appears in Episode 19 of Best Student Council.2

5Arrow R Power Pro Kun Pocket20051201 December 01, 2005A mini-game in Power Pro Kun Pocket 8 is based on Contra.3

5Arrow R GameCenter CX20060621 June 21, 2006Arino plays the NES port of Contra in Episode 32 of GameCenter CX.2

5Arrow R Rumble Roses20060328 March 28, 2006The ending theme from Neo Contra is reused in Rumble Roses XX.3

5Arrow R Konami Classics20070315 March 15, 2007The original Contra is included in Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits. Konami Classics Vol. 1 includes Super Contra, while Konami Classics Vol. 2 includes the original Contra.3

4Arrow L Gradius20071212 December 12, 2007A weapon used in two Challenge missions from Contra 4 shoots miniature Vic Vipers. Contra ReBirth features several references to the Gradius series.1

5Arrow R Beatmania20081218 December 18, 2008The theme "Battle Train -IIDX Edition-" from the PlayStation 2 version of Beatmania IIDX 15: DJ Troopers is a remix from Neo Contra.3

4Arrow L Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles20090512 May 12, 2009A background NPC skateboard girl from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game makes a minor cameo in Contra ReBirth.1

5Arrow R 3D Dot Game Heroes20091105 November 05, 20093D Dot Game Heroes features a loading screen based on Contra.3

5Arrow R Silent Hill20091208 December 08, 2009A Contra Arcade can be found in Silent Hill: Shattered Memories.2

5Arrow R The Expendables201007 July 2010The Expendables Game takes inspiration in visual and gameplay from Contra.3

5Arrow R Shantae20101004 October 04, 2010Shantae: Risky's Revenge features a dialogue reference to the intro of Super Contra.3

5Arrow R Robot Chicken20110306 March 06, 2011Contra is parodied in the season 5 episode "Catch Me If You Kangaroo Jack" from Robot Chicken.3

5Arrow R Otomedius20110421 April 21, 2011A restaurant named "Contra Burger" appears in Otomedius Excellent. A DLC stage's BGM is a remix of Contra's "Alien Lair" theme.3

5Arrow R Frogger20120706 July 06, 2012Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition features a game mode based on Contra.1

5Arrow R Video Game High School20130809 August 09, 2013The "High School Video Game" shown in the Video Game High School episode "Double XP Weekend" features levels based on Contra.3

5Arrow R Bomberman20180627 June 27, 2018Two DLC bombermen from Super Bomberman R known as "Bill Bomber", and "Lance Bomber" are based off the protagonists from the Contra series.3