Contra Is Coming To iOS, And It's Changed

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Konami's classic run-and-gunner is hitting iOS next Thursday, but it's not Contra as we know it. This is Contra Evolution, the a retooling of the original using CocoaChina's open-source game engine, and it's rather fetching.

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Contra Evolution first arrived on iOS in China back in January of this year, where it rose to the top of the iPhone paid charts in under 24 hours. CocoaChina/Chukong teamed with Konami to create the game, which they call a "reincarnation" of the classic.

I call it very pretty, all things considered. Not sure if a retooling of an old arcade game has the potential to reach the top of the paid charts in the U.S. (especially at $2.99), but I can certainly see Contra Evolution shooting its way into the top ten.

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What do you folks think? Like the new look?

Illustration for article titled emContra/em Is Coming To iOS, And Its Changed
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I'm going to put this out there. There is no way I can accurately play Contra on my iDevice as well as a NES controller. I cannot fathom the amount of difficulty in this version. Holy balls.