Contra (魂斗羅 コントラ Kontora), distributed as Gryzor in Europe and
Oceania, is a 1987 run and gun action game developed and
published by Konami originally released as a coin-operated
arcade game on February 20, 1987. A home version was released
for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988, along with ports
for various computer formats, including the MSX2. The home
versions were localized in the PAL region as Gryzor on the
various computer formats and as Probotector on the NES,
released later. Several Contra sequels were produced following
the original game.
Contra was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America on February 1988. This version was produced in-house by Konami and features several differences from the arcade release in order to better suit the NES's hardware. The game can be played by up to two players, but due to the graphical limitations of the NES, Bill and Lance lost their individualized character designs. Instead, they are both depicted as shirtless commandos distinguished by the colors of their pants (blue pants for the first player and red pants for the second). When one player loses all of his lives, he is given the option to use the other player's stock to keep fighting.
Super Contra (スーパー魂斗羅 エイリアンの逆襲 Sūpā Kontora: Eirian no
Gyakushū, "Super Contra: The Alien Strikes Back") is a Run and
Gun-style action video game by Konami that was released as a
coin-operated arcade game in 1988. It is the sequel to the
original Contra and the second and last game in the Contra
series released for the arcades. The game stars Bill Rizer and
Lance Bean, as they are sent to thwart yet another alien
The game was adapted for the Nintendo Entertainment System under the shortened title of Super C in North America and in Europe and Australia as Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces. Both the arcade version and the NES version, have been re-released in various other platforms since their original releases.