Contra was released in February 1987.
This game is known in Europe as "Gryzor
Note: The Japanese version uses kanji (Chinese characters) to phonetically spell out 'Kon-to-ra', the Japanese transliteration of the name "Contra
". This is an example of ateji, in which an artist uses kanji for their phonetic value rather than any meaning they may have.
Here are the official names of the characters: Bill Rizer (player 1) and Lance Bean (player 2). They were named after the following actors, all of which appeared in the 1986 movie, Aliens; Bill Rizer is named after the actors Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser, while Lance Bean is named after Lance Henriksen and Michael Biehn.
Bill Rizer makes an appearance as a supporting character in the 1992 Family Computer game "Wai Wai World 2 SOS!! - Paseri Jou".
The music from the final stage is also used for the final boss confrontation in "Wai Wai World" for the Family Computer.
Chad Johnson holds the official record for this game with 1, 546, 600 points on July 15, 2002.
Alpha Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Konami Game Music Vol.4 - 28XA-201) on March 10, 1988.
[JP] June 05, 1998; Contra [Konami Game Books Series 4]