I was reminiscing about this game a few days ago with some friends. It was the one and only Contra installment to feature four different types of characters to choose from. Also, players could carry and select four different types of weapons they pick up as they progress through the game, and branching paths led to a number of different scenarios the player could explore, unlocking multiple endings in the process. Yeah, this game was good for it's time, and being more of a Genesis owner during the 16-bit Console War, it was a nice addition to the collection I had back then.
Now the latest word is that a sequel is coming up... A spiritual sequel to be exact!
As you can see from the pic above featured in a post by IGN, a new Contra game is coming! Announced by Konami, Hard Corps Uprising is the latest Run N' Gun shooter to be coming from the minds behind Contra, and is set to be released for the Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network in fall this year! Colonel Bahamut, who was one of the main baddies of the original Hard Corps game, is now in the side of good and one of the main characters the player will control alongside a partner to combat alien forces in this game of machine guns and spreads! Only two characters have been confirmed for the game so far, but Konami may put up downloadable content that features more characters eventually! The artsyle of the game is anime inspired - primarily because Arc System Works, the guys who did the Guilty Gear and Blazblue series, are developing the game! That sounds like a lot of fun to my brain to contain, and I'm really looking forward to playing this baby already!
For more info, check out IGN's post! Hard Corps Uprising is a downloadable game due for Xbox 360 and PS3 on Winter 2010!