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Super Contra Super Contra - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Super Contra - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Players control tough commandos equipped with powerful weaponry that run and jump through strange alien lairs fighting against armies of aliens. The game uses a combination of side view and overhead views. Inspired by the Aliens and Rambo movies.

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


Name Super Contra
Developer Konami (Japan)
Year 1988
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9884
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Super Contra Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

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

Game Introduction

December 2634: A year has passed since Bill and Lance defeated the Alien Menace know as Red Falcon. However, Red Falcon is back and this time he has taken over a local military base and its army. Now it's up to Bill and Lance to take out Red Falcon once again.

Game Play

This game is a shooter with superb graphics and sound. You run through the levels shooting anything that threatens to kill you. Collect power-ups to make your journey a little easier. There are two types of levels: side-scrolling and overhead.

Super Contra KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.20 (4 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.35

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 5.00
Fun (Solo) 5.00
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 2.94

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 4.33
Originality 2.00
Sound/Music 2.67

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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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

The zappers from the tank boss on level two do not seem to hurt you. Getting hit by the wheels does not seem to have any effect either.

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The programmers once said that they got inspiration for Contra from the IAlienI movies. In the later levels, some of the aliens do look like the ones from the film, particularly the face huggers. Coincidentally, Konami did make an arcade game based on IAliensI in 1990.


Since the game is JAMMA, uses a vertically oriented monitor and requires only a joystick and two buttons per player, the game should be easily convertable to a number of other titles.


This game is known as ISuper Kontora Alien No GyakusyuuI in Japan.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Super Contra Census

There are 14,829 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,504 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,883 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 74 known instances of this machine owned by Super Contra collectors who are active members. Of these, 23 of them are original dedicated machines. 4 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 47 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 4 active VAPS members with a Super Contra machines for sale. There are 3 active VAPS members with a Super Contra circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There are 3 active VAPS members currently looking for Super Contra. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Super Contra circuit board set.

This game ranks a 20 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 5 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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