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Contra 4 Blasts onto Nintendo DS

Konami today announced Contra 4 for the Nintendo DS has shipped to retail outlets nationwide. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the popular action franchise, Contra 4 features 2D side-scrolling action that recalls the retro feel of the original fan favorite with the added bonus of massive battles that utilize both screens of the Nintendo DS.

“In celebration of the franchise’s 20th anniversary, we wanted to bring back the retro look and feel of classic Contra while still providing fresh, compelling content,” said Anthony Crouts, Vice President of Marketing for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “Well adapted to the Nintendo DS’s dual screens, Contra 4 provides an action-packed experience for seasoned Contra players as well as new fans of the franchise.”

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Taking place two years after the events of Contra III: The Alien Wars, Contra 4 forces our heroes into battle against an army of alien invaders, including the return of the terrifying Black Viper. Players must dodge, shoot, and jump over obstacles and enemies coming at them from every direction. Unique to the series, Contra 4 introduces a grappling hook accessory that provides players a means to grab onto structures above, allowing them to move seamlessly from screen to screen on the DS. Pushing the limits of the Contra franchise to new heights, the grappling accessory also grants players the strategic use of environmental elements for timely escapes, better vantage points for devastating attacks and it becomes crucial in defeating the massive bosses that take up both screens of the Nintendo DS.