Contra Anniversary Collection

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Contra Anniversary Collection is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 20 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

76

Top Critic Average

60%

Critics Recommend

Based on 20 critic reviews

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
ZTGD

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Jul 23, 2019

Co-op, seven unique games, and plenty of challenge wrapped up into one collection. Do not skip.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 17, 2019

While it's a shame that there are fewer games here than in other Konami collections – we'd have loved to have seen NES title Contra Force or the now-extinct WiiWare title Contra ReBirth – the ones included are universally brilliant. The 8-bit and 16-bit Contra games are among the finest examples of the run 'n gun genre, and to have almost all of them included in a single release and emulated flawlessly is an absolute treat. Whether you're a fan of the series or a curious onlooker who's always wanted to see what the fuss was all about, this is essential.

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GamePro
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jun 11, 2019

A great collection of perfectly emulated and still fascinating action classics that you should definitely have played.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 11, 2019

For fans on the Contra series or the run ‘n’ gun genre, Contra Anniversary Collection is a must-have

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 30, 2019

Nothing really holds back this package, other than perhaps the somewhat limited selection of "unique" games on offer, as much of the selection consists of variations of the same title, or regional releases under different names.

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Cerealkillerz
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 14, 2019

With the Contra Anniversary Collection, M2 and Konami deliver a very well playable and technical-wise impressive finale to their 50th birthday. which unfortunately contains too much different versions of the same games and lacks some highlights of the series. Nevertheless, fans of classic and challenging Run N`Gun action can`t come around this package.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 18, 2019

Contra Anniversay Collection is a perfect way to jump back to the fast-paced action of the genre, with some of its best games. With 10 great games which still deliver strong challenges, every fan of the run and gun genre should really consider giving this celebration a try.

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Nintendo Times
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 19, 2019

GREAT - The originator of the 2-player run-and-gun genre still holds up today. With more Contra than anyone asked for, there’s plenty of aliens to keep you busy for days on end. Be sure to hand a Joy-Con to a friend for maximum enjoyment!

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Hobby Consolas
80 / 100
Hobby Consolas
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Top Critic

80 / 100
Jun 13, 2019

The best collection from Konami, head to head with the Castlevania one... Shooting to the chiptune rock rhythms brings out our youth emotions, while the action keep being hypnotic, magic... like 30 years ago. We only miss some titles in the colection and hope that M2 fix the frame rate on the coin op. The rest, it's still wonderful.

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Video Chums
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Jun 12, 2019

Contra Anniversary Collection may not be the definitive collection of Konami's retro run 'n' gun franchise but what's here still provides top-notch action-packed co-op entertainment.

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Gamefa
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2019

Another collection by Konami after Castlevania Anniversary Collection. It's very enjoyable to reunite with our bulky masculine heros and the game is still fast and engaging, but it's just a simple port without polishing anything. The game is not in full screen and controls are not good. Also It's not a complete collection by any means but the true fans can still enjoy this nostalgic title and challenge themselves with this hardcore collection.

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Electric Bento
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2019

Contra Anniversary Collection is a missed opportunity to bring Contra to a new audience in a polished form, this collection is just plain lazy.

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NintendoWorldReport
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2019

Nonetheless, it would have been nice to see a spinoff like Contra Force or even Contra: The Alien Wars for Game Boy rather than the incredibly similar PAL versions we did get. Button remapping is another frustrating omission. Overall, this is a solid collection of classic action games that have enjoyable boss fights and provide a great challenge, but it doesn't feel like a definitive compilation.

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Digital Chumps
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Jun 3, 2018

Contra Anniversary Collection is another successful release under Konami's Anniversary Collection moniker. It brings the old series back to life and reminds us that Konami really loved gaming back in the day. Hopefully, they can get that old feeling back again and reignite some of the other series that lie underneath their control.

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Everyeye.it
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 19, 2019

It's not a perfect package, but it is still a collection that can guarantee several hours of fun.

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VGChartz
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 22, 2019

The Contra collection finishes Konami's 50th birthday bash in style.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 12, 2019

Overall, the Contra Anniversary Collection is a pleasant shoot down memory lane, but the duplicate games are frustrating additions, taking up slots that could’ve been filled by more unique titles.

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The Games Machine
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Jun 14, 2019

Contra Anniversary Collection offers a series of run and guns of undisputed historical value in a package that honestly could have offered so much more. Contra III: The Alien War and Hard Corps remain as beautiful as the sun, and the two arcade games still offer a steep but extremely rewarding challenge, however the superfluous presence of the Probotectors can only appear as a waste of space in the eyes of the true fans.

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Shacknews
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 9, 2019

The Contra Anniversary Collection could have been so much more.

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PCMag
Jun 20, 2019

Contra Anniversary Collection is a solid retro video game bundle for PC that features some of the best run-and-gun titles of the 8- and 16-bit eras, but it lacks many features you'd expect in a contemporary compilation.

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