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The Video Game Show vs. CONTRA

We've picked this month's game... The Video Game Show's guest player will be taking on Contra on Wednesday, February 26 at 8pm!

Contra is one of the only games I had as a kid and since the other was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I guess my parents were into torturing their kid with insanely hard video games. This game is so many firsts for me: first cheat code, first true multipayer, and first blowing up a giant alien heart as the final boss. Contra is the best!
— Andy Hull (one half of our dynamic hosting duo)
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Though it was already a popular fixture at arcades, Contra quickly became one of the most famous games in the industry when it was launched in 1988 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. In this side-scrolling shoot-em-up, the player (and an optional second player) controls commandos Bill "Mad Dog" Rizer and/or Lance "Scorpion" Bean as they attempt to neutralize an alien threat called the Red Falcon Organization. Contra stood out for its two-player simultaneous gameplay, a unique feature at the time of its release, but it's also known for popularizing the use of the Konami Code, a famous cheat sequence without which the game is, according to IGN, "virtually impossible to beat." The game's popularity waned as more advanced consoles were developed in the 1990s, but it's fondly remembered as a classic by gamers; Screw Attack names Contra as the fifth best NES game of the 1980s, Nintendo Power calls it one of the best multiplayer NES games, and Games Radar ranked it as the 19th best NES game of all time.

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