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Konami to come out with a film and TV series on Contra

Dhruv George
717   //    30 Oct 2017, 18:12 IST


What's the Story

Konami Digital Entertainment has announced that their action shooter game Contra is set to be adapted into both a feature film and a television series.

In Case You Didn't Know

Ever since its debut as an action-packed arcade game in 1987, the world renowned Contra series has continued to deliver button-mashing fun across multiple platforms such as home systems and mobile devices. The latest game in the popular series was released on mobile platforms in China to critical acclaim.

The Heart of the Matter

Though the franchise has a long and complicated continuity spanning over 12 different games, the central plot focuses on two soldiers, Bill Rizer and Lance Bean (who were modeled after action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone). As two gun-toting members of a special guerrilla task force, the pair went around to various locations in the future simply shooting and blowing up everything in their path. The plot isn’t so much an important aspect of the original games, however, as it was primarily a side-scrolling shooter.

Contra is perhaps most famous for being one of the first games to use the “Konami Code”, a button combination that fans could enter to get extra lives in the title. The “Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A” combo went on to become a recurring Easter egg in video games.

Further details about the production will be announced at a later date but you can watch the teaser for the film/series below!

What Next?

As mentioned earlier, a release date hasn't been announced but production will surely be well underway. Fans of the action-shooter series will be eagerly awaiting the release of the movie and the TV series.

Sportskeeda's Take:

Adapting a videogame franchise has been a tried and tested formula on several occasions. 9 times out of 10, the finished product has not gone down well with the audience.To be perfectly honest, I had high hopes for Assassin's Creed but I ended up a tad disappointed. The most popular videogame movie franchise was undoubtedly the Resident Evil series. So fingers crossed to see if this time they can really pull it off.

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