Contra Spirits [Model SHVC-CS]

The Nintendo Super Famicom Game by Konami Co., Ltd.

Emulated in MAME !

DESCRIPTION

[CONSOLE] Nintendo Super Famicom Game

魂斗羅スピリッツ © 1992 Konami Company, Limited.

(Contra Spirits)

Contra Spirits is a side-scrolling and fast-paced action game by Konami, and sequel of the arcade game Super Contra originally released in 1988. In the year 2636 AD, a race of marauding aliens (recurring antagonists throughout the Contra series) have returned to attack and dominate the Earth, and this time, they have decided to launch a devastative full scale offensive against humanity. Six months after the invasion, two fearsome commando men emerge from the smoldering ruins - Bill and Lance are back and ready to take on the alien invaders once again. In the standard 'Contra' fashion (and which serves as the foundation of the series), the game features an expansive arsenal of firearms, from a standard Machine Gun to a Spread Gun (S), Flame-thrower (F), Laser (L), Crusher mini-missiles (C), Homing Missiles (C) and Barrier Shields (B). Unlike other games in the series though, players can carry two weapons at once, and switch from one to the other at any time during the game. Additionally, shoulder buttons lock the characters in place and allow players to fire in any direction without moving, and pressing both shoulder buttons as well as the attack button makes them jump and fire both weapons simultaneously. Bill and Lance can also use a limited amount of devastative bombs that wipe out everything on the screen in a massive glowing ball of energy. Although Contra Spirits consists of six stages, they are not as straightforward as one might tend to believe. For instance, the second and fifth levels are played from an overhead perspective where players must destroy enemy checkpoints (as well as confront bosses), and use the controller's shoulder buttons to rotate the screen. A two simultaneous player mode is available.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Cartridge ID: SHVC-CS

TRIVIA

Released on February 28, 1992 in Japan for 8500 Yen.

A Japanese Demo cartridge is known to exists.

Reviews:
france May 1992 - Joypad N.8 (Page 132-135): 95/100

Export releases:
usa "Contra III - The Alien Wars [Model SNS-CS-USA]"
europe "Super Probotector - Alien Rebels [Model SNSP-CS-NOE]"

TIPS AND TRICKS

• Stage Select:
On the title screen, quickly press Down, Down-Left, Left and Start. This quart-circle is tricky to achieve, move the cursor onto 'Option' before you start. You should hear a scream if done successfully and the stage select menu screen will appear.

• Thirty Lives:
On the title screen, quickly press Down, Down-Right, Right and Start. This quart-circle is tricky to achieve, move the cursor onto 'Option' before you start. You should hear a scream if done successfully (and 30 lives should appear in the options).

• Sound Check:
On the title screen, quickly press Right, Right-Down, Right and X. This quart-circle is tricky to achieve, move the cursor onto 'Option' before you start. You should hear a sound if done successfully and the Sound Check menu screen will appear.

SERIES

1. Contra [Model GX633] (1987, Arcade)
2. Super Contra [Model GX775] (1988, Arcade)
3. Operation C (1991, Game Boy)
4. Contra Force (1992, NES)
5. Contra Spirits [Model SHVC-CS] (1992, Super Famicom)
6. Contra - Hard Corps (1994, Mega Drive)
7. Contra - Legacy of War (1996, PlayStation)
8. C - The Contra Adventure (1998, PlayStation)
9. Contra - Shattered Soldier (2002, PlayStation 2)
10. Neo Contra (2004, PlayStation 2)
11. Contra 4 (2007, DS)
12. Contra ReBirth (2009, WiiWare)

STAFF

TEAM-SFX

Visual Designers
Main and Directed: Nobuya Nakazato
Players Character: Masayuki Saruta
Assist: Noritoshi Sasaki

Programmers
Main and Top View: Mitsuru Yaida (Yaipon)
Side View: Hideyuki Suganami (1991/NAMI)
Help-Man: Kenichiro Horio

Sound Designers
Program and Effect: Atsushi Fujio
Sound Effect: Masandri Douchi, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Hirofumi Taniguchi
Music Compose: Miki Yanagisawa, Masanori Adachi, Tappi Iwase

Special Thanks
Technical Adviced: Jun Furano
Package Design: Kenji Shimoide, Hiromi Sumida
Special Thanks: AC Contra Team, FC Contra Team, DMG Contra Team
Produced: Kazumi Kitaue

SOURCES
Game's ROM.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com

Page last modified on October 01, 2016