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Contra Contra - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Contra - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


You and an optional second player are commando-type characters in a scrolling shoot-em-up. At the end of each scene or world, there is a difficult bad guy to finish off. At various points there are stationary skill-type screens to get by.

Contra was produced by Konami in 1987.

Konami released 433 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Konami was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Konami during the time period Contra was produced include: Sonic Le Mans 24, Wizz Quiz, WEC Le Mans 24, Top Gunner, Tokushu Butai Jackal, Ajax, Battlantis, Black Panther, Blades Of Steel, and Boot Camp


Name Contra
Developer Konami (Japan)
Year 1987
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7389
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Contra Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - FireJump
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Instructions Contra Instructions Image
Control Panel Contra Control Panel Image
Side Art Contra Side Art Image
PCB Contra PCB Image

Game Introduction

September 12th 2631, Midnight. The latest and most powerful automatic was equipped, and the radar commanded by the Marines caught a small-size meteorite that was approaching abnormally to the earth. The meteorite fell 20km north-east of New Zealand at the gal mosquito archipelago. The command did a long-term observation of the meteorite after that.

Two years later, on December 2633, an intruder known as Red Falcon was occupying the Gal Mosquito Archipelago and was planning the fall of mankind. Command ordered a confidetial investigation at the enemy's front base. The marine post ordered two "Contra" Soldiers Private First Class Bill Rizer and Private First Class Lance Bean. Their mission is to penetrate the insides of the enemy, destroy the front base and the entire center of operation. Bill and Lance are sent to the Gal Mosquito Archipelago.

Game Play

One or two players must travel through eight stages six side-scrolling stages and two behind-the-back stages. Along the way players can collect additional weapons such as a machine gun, a shotgun, a laser gun, a flamethrower, etc.

Contra KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.52 (4 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.60

Overall Like 4.33
Fun (Social) 4.67
Fun (Solo) 3.75
Collector Desire 4.33

Technical Rating: 4.25

Gameplay 4.67
Graphics 4.33
Originality 4.33
Sound/Music 3.67

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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This game is known as IGryzorI in Europe and IKontoraI in Japan. The European NES version of this game was called IProbotectorI, but the IContraI duo and the human enemies were replaced by robots.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Contra Census

There are 14,755 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,475 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,460 machines (6,896 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 121 known instances of this machine owned by Contra collectors who are active members. Of these, 44 of them are original dedicated machines. 7 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 68 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 5 active VAPS members with a Contra machines for sale. There are 2 active VAPS members with a Contra circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 7 active VAPS members currently looking for Contra.

This game ranks a 30 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 12 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



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Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright B
  2. 3D Model (External): Upright A

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This game is available at the following public arcades, bars or museums:

Name Location State Country Details Check-ins
8-Bit Beans 100 Brock St South, Whitby Ontario Canada 0

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