This is what I can add right this second: here's the Minibosses' take on three classic NES Contra themes (with a snippet of Blaster Master in the front). Click here to head to their mirror to download it. Awesome and rocking!
Post by Nester the Lark on Jan 9, 2010 16:26:45 GMT -5
According to GoNintendo, Konami will be releasing a combined soundtrack album in Japan for Contra ReBirth and Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth. (There was already a stand-alone soundtrack for Gradius ReBirth.)
On a related note, it was surprising to learn that the character select theme from Contra ReBirth was actually a remix of the character select theme from Contra Force! It's interesting that they would draw material from one of the retconned games.
Of course, certain traditions are to be expected from a game committed to restoring its long-past glory; the "3D" stage type is reprised from the original game, for one. But beyond that modicum of credence, Contra 4 is equally concerned with expanding on its base and moving the series forward. In other words, it's a true sequel.
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Now, Contra 4 has redeemed the series in every respect. Before Mega Man 9, it was the first to revisit its former greatness...and returned so brimming with sincerity and hindsight that it instead shot right past its forebears -- and, to everyone's surprise, improved on the best. It embodies the finest in both classic run-and-gunning and show-stopping situational thrills, and in balancing the two perfectly, it puts itself in a class all its own. It attacked aggressively, and it got its revenge.
Post by Nester the Lark on Mar 25, 2010 19:29:49 GMT -5
Here are a couple of oddities.
There was a Chinese cell phone game called Contra: Return to Galuga. It's apparently an official game, but non-canonical.
There's also an official cell phone version of Contra 4, but it was not handled by WayForward. However, it was released in North America, and based on the few reviews I've seen, it's apparently not bad.
Post by Nester the Lark on Apr 29, 2010 23:58:59 GMT -5
I think it's time for an update to The Contra Corner.
Did you know that the Stage 1 "Jungle" music from Contra 4 was originally composed as a chiptune way back in 2002 as a tribute to the original NES Contra? It was called "Vile Red Falcon", and you can still download it from Jake Kaufman's website.
Here's the Contra 4 version for comparison:
It's pretty cool that his fan composition became an official Contra song five years later.
The chiptune version almost sounds like a mix between Contra and Mega Man.
Post by 8bitretroshit on Apr 30, 2010 1:28:06 GMT -5
That's cool. I think they also put Vile Red Falcon on Contra 4's OST cd... atleast I think that's where I got it from.
Also Nester, you happen to know where to get the full version of that awesome theme on Contra 4's website? Been looking for it for a long time and since you're the Contra pro around here I might aswell ask you
Post by Nester the Lark on Jun 12, 2010 9:41:23 GMT -5
^ I believe there are actually separate game modes. One is based on the Japanese version of Contra: Hard Corps which gives you a three-hit health meter. The other is a traditional Contra one-hit-kills mode.