Contra ReBirth

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Contra ReBirth
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Director(s)Toshiyasu Kamiko
Yuji Yamanaka
Producer(s)Nobuya Nakazato
Hirotaka Ishikawa
Designer(s)Masato Misaki
Writer(s)Kenichiro Kikuchi
Composer(s)Manabu Namiki
  • JP: May 12, 2009
  • PAL: September 4, 2009
  • NA: September 7, 2009
Genre(s)Run and gun
Mode(s)Single-player, cooperative multiplayer

Contra ReBirth[a] is a 2D run and gun video game developed by M2 and published by Konami for WiiWare.[1] It is the twelfth original installment in the Contra series.[2] It was released in Japan on May 12, 2009, PAL regions on September 4, 2009,[3] and North America on September 7, 2009.[4]


An in-game screenshot of Contra ReBirth.

Contra ReBirth retains the same sprite-based side-scrolling gameplay as the series' earlier installments. The game can be played with the standard Wii Remote, as well as with the Classic Controller or a Nintendo GameCube controller. As with most Contra games, up to two players can play simultaneously. The player initially has a choice between two different player characters: Bill Rizer, the traditional Contra hero, or Genbei Yagyu from Neo Contra. Two additional characters: Brownie (Tsugumin in the Japanese version), an android shaped like a small girl; and Plissken, a tall lizard-like humanoid alien (whose name is a tribute to the Snake Plissken movie character), can also be selected once the player has completed the game on Easy (Brownie) and Normal (Plissken).

The dual weapon system from Contra III: The Alien Wars returns and the player's normal gun can now shoot in autofire once again. The power-ups in this installment consists of a Spread Shot, a Laser Gun and a Homing Gun. The traditional flamethrower, however, is missing. Playing on the Easy setting will allow the player to always keep their current weapon after losing a life, a feature not available in any of the other settings.

The game consists of five stages. However, the final boss stage, along with the true ending, cannot be accessed when playing on the Easy setting.


In 2633, the Neo-Salamander Force, led by their mysterious leader Chief Salamander, travel back to 1973 to take out the Contra force, while the Earth defenses are still primitive. They end up setting base on the ruins of the Shizuoka temple at the Yucatán Peninsula in Central America. Bill Rizer and Genbei Yagyu, two members of the present day Contra team, are deployed by the Galactic President to travel back in time to stop them. With the help of Browny, the robot, Plissken, a lizard-like alien, and the samurai, Genbei Yagyu, the Contra warriors manage to take down the Neo Salamander Force. However, Chief Salamander is nowhere to be seen. In the true ending of the game, it is revealed Chief Salamander is actually "Plissken", who has infiltrated the Contra unit under an assumed name.


The game's soundtrack was composed by Manabu Namiki, who worked on the other titles in the ReBirth series. The music consists of remixes of previous Contra songs.[5] The official album was released on March 24, 2010 in a compilation with Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth's music.[6]


Aggregate score

Contra ReBirth was received favorable reviews from Metacritic and Gamerankings. IGN given the score with 8.2/10.[8] The game was nominated for Game of the Year by Nintendo Power, as well as WiiWare Game of the Year and Best Action Game, but lost to Epic Mickey[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Japanese: 魂斗羅リバース Hepburn: Kontora Ribāsu?


  1. ^ "M2". M2. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2009. WiiWare: 2009/05: Contra ReBirth: (Konami)
  2. ^ "Konami Announces Contra Rebirth for WiiWare". Nintendo World Report. 2009-05-09. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  3. ^ "Thwart an alien invasion or get a handy translation tool with this week's downloadable titles". Nintendo of Europe. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  4. ^ "From Faraway Galaxies to the Family Room, Start Fall on a Fun-Filled Foot". Nintendo of America. 7 September 2009. Archived from the original on 11 September 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  5. ^ Hatfield, Daemon (2009-05-12). "Contra ReBirth Impressions". IGN. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-06. Retrieved 2009-12-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Contra ReBirth for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
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  9. ^ Nintendo Power 250th issue!. South San Francisco, California: Future US. 2010. p. 73.

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