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Some time ago, Konami mused with it’s life partner about the idea of a new child based on an old property. Well, today, on 9/09/09, at 8AM EST, Contra Rebirth entered the world, and it’s quite strapping! (It also has The Joker in it, as you can clearly see in the bottom right of the header).

Hit the jump for the full press release, and a few screens to tide you over until you purchase it. Personally, I just can’t get enough of these retro remakes/re-releases. Including the recent news of a new Sonic 2D game, it’s quite an exciting week for classic gamers!


Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced that Contra Rebirth is now available for Nintendo WiiWare™. With a storyline based on the classic Contra theme, players can now follow the adventures of the timeless characters and experience fast-paced gameplay in an all-new downloadable format.

In Contra Rebirth, players travel back in time to Central America in 1973, where they are met with the threat of Chief Salamander and his Neo-Salamander Force who have taken over the Shizuoka ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. While Salamander and his minions plan the destruction of all the “Contra” on Earth, the Galactic President calls upon Lance Bean, a member of the elite “Contra” warriors, only to find that he has gone missing. To help in the battle against evil, Bill Rizer and Genbei Yagyu are enlisted to save the planet. Using their classic Contra fire-power including the popular spreadshot, Bill and Genbei must defeat the Neo-Salamander army before all is lost.

In this trail-blazing adventure that pioneered the run n’ gun genre, gamers are able to work together using two player local co-op gameplay to save the alien-invaded planet. The action-packed title also features two unlockable characters and retro 2D side scrolling action for both old and new Contra fans alike.

Contra Rebirth is now available for purchase for 1000 points on Nintendo WiiWare. For more information and assets, please visit

  1. I think these remakes should be free in as a marketing tool to promote other game titles. Or atleast attach special points with new games purchases that you can use on retro games. Seems lame that you have to pay when you can just download any game you want on any system for free in a PC emulator.

  2. @Komplex

    So spend money remaking games then release them for free?

    Would you do that if you made a remix album? Because it doesn’t make much business sense to do that. Unless it is a one-off or a sponsored release that will garner further publicity.

    If these retro games are updated and enhanced I see no reason to charge a reasonable price for them.

  3. Spoiler Alert!!!

    Lance Bean turns out to be the final/semi-final boss.
    Sure would be great if Konami made something for DSware

  4. The guy in that picture reminds me of myself.

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