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Contra (PlayChoice) Contra (PlayChoice) - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Contra (PlayChoice) - 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 (PlayChoice) was produced by Konami in 1988.

Konami released 434 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 (PlayChoice) was produced include: Hyper Crash, Vs. Top Gun, Typhoon, Trick Trap, Track & Field (PlayChoice), '88 Games, Akumajou Dracula, Chequered Flag, Crazy Cop, and Devastators


Name Contra (PlayChoice)
Developer Konami (Japan)
Year 1988
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7390
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class Nintendo PlayChoice
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - Fire|Jump
Sound Unamplified Mono (requires one-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Contra (PlayChoice) KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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The Japanese version of this game had a totally different storyline to it that made more sense for the game's sequels to come. The game took place in the year 2633, two years later after New Zealand reported a meteor crash in the Pacific Ocean. The Red Falcon is formed, and their goal, as unoriginal as it gets,is to destroy mankind. The heroes were named Bill and Lance, a Schwartzenegger and Rambo look-alike soldier duo that the Earth is relying on to stop them. Also, the Japanese version had a game map that you could see between stages and cool cut scenes with Lance talking on a walkie-talkie and shooting his gun. Oddly, the game's credits are in English!

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Contra (PlayChoice) Census

There are 14,839 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,922 machines (6,919 unique titles).

Common - There are 47 known instances of this machine owned by Contra (PlayChoice) collectors who are active members. Of these, 4 of them are original dedicated machines. 42 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Contra (PlayChoice) machine for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Contra (PlayChoice) circuit board set.

This game ranks a 17 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

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

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