Post by Nester the Lark on Sept 3, 2009 22:30:43 GMT -5
In case you missed the news, Contra ReBirth is available in PAL territories right now, and will be available in North America this Monday, September 7!
IGN also has details on the story, and where Contra ReBirth fits into the timeline:
Chief Salamander and his Neo-Salamander Force travel back to 1973 AD to invade Earth. They land in Central America and take control of the Shizuoka ruins on the Yucatan Penninsula. There, the aliens plan the destruction of all the "Contra" on Earth. The Galactic President calls on Lance Bean, a member of the elite "Contra" warriors to save the Earth, but his sudden disappearance jeopardizes the safety of the planet. Now, Bill Rizer and the samurai, Genbei Yagyu are the last hope for Earth and must pick up their weapons and defeat the evil Neo-Salamander Army before all is lost.
This is interesting because it seems to be an homage to the North American localization of Contra that set the game in the 20th century. I'm not sure if this is consistent with the storyline of the Japanese release of Contra ReBirth (I thought I had heard a different story), but it's interesting that Contra 4, and now ReBirth, are sort of canonizing the non-canonical localization jobs from previous games.
Post by Nester the Lark on Oct 8, 2009 23:12:47 GMT -5
In the latest Retronauts podcast at 1up.com, they spend about half an hour talking about Contra 4 with producers Tomm Hulett and Simon Lai. (It starts at about the 31 minute mark.)
They mention a few interesting things, such as: - Despite the high difficulty, it was actually toned down before release. - The jungle level was originally supposed to catch fire part way thru (as evidenced by graphics of scorched vegetation that's still in the game). - According to Hulett, the game sold very well, both in the US and Japan.
Speaking of good sales, Contra ReBirth has been the number one WiiWare game in North America for the entire month since its release!
Post by Nester the Lark on Dec 5, 2009 0:19:10 GMT -5
According to Nintendo Everything, the latest IGN Voice Chat podcast mentions that Konami checked with WayForward to see if they were interested in making another Contra. Nothing has been officially announced; WayForward would probably be interested, but Konami hasn't green lit anything so far.
I haven't listened to the podcast myself yet, but there probably isn't anything more to it than that.
If there is another Contra, I hope it's for the Wii. Considering that Contra ReBirth was the #1 selling WiiWare game in North America for six weeks, I would hope that it indicates a significant presence of fans with the console.