• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Nov 3, 2002

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Deep it isn’t, but there’s no denying that this is one of the most action-packed titles you’ll play on the GBA for some time.
  2. 83
    It's just too darn short. It's not even as difficult as its PS2 counterpart, so you'll blow through it relatively quickly. [Jan 2003, p.65]
  3. 80
    Features stupendously well-animated characters and a boopy-yet-catchy soundtrack. The control's spot-on, too.
  4. As expected, it plays and looks great on the GBA, only giving up a bit of res due to the LCD screen. [Oct 2002, p.86]
  5. A big collection of blast-'em-all missions packed witih combat action. [Nov 2002, p.226]
  6. A good, solid 2D shooter, even if it is over before you know it.
  7. 74
    I do have to admit that smashing my GBA with a hammer out of sheer frustration was kind of fun.
  8. 70
    A good, fun shooter, but surprisingly short and just not as great as I was expecting it to be.
  9. Due to the size of the screen, the already slim margin for error is made even slimmer, and the lack of aura bombs means you’ll have to fight through even the stickiest of situations.
  10. Everything looks slightly miniaturized and washed-out, and the music is inferior to the SNES version. [Dec 2002, p.150]
  11. A mixed bag with some really awesome levels and gameplay; yet it has bland graphics and music.
  12. Frustratingly difficult. [Dec 2002, p.270]
  13. A mixed bag. [Spring 2003, p.29]
  14. It uses outdated visuals with no changes, cobbles together levels which the GBA can handle in order to avoid problems, uses a lazy password system which is totally unwieldy, and continues to rely on a ten-year-old gameplay dynamic.
  15. Sure, it may look and sound decent, but only the most hardened of masochists will ever see the later stages, let alone complete them.
  16. The SNES port looks great, it really comes to life on the GBA but the NES levels are embarrassing. This Frankenstein piece-together must have been getting the bum's rush out of the lab and into the stores in time for the Christmas cash grab.
User Score

No user score yet- Awaiting 1 more rating

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. WilliamT.
    Oct 28, 2007
    A decent port of the SNES version with the two Hard Corps levels but suffers a bit by having only two difficulty levels and only one weapon slot. Otherwise, it's a worthy game to add to your GBA collection. Full Review »
  2. BorjaB.
    Mar 8, 2003
    I think this game explodes perfectly the graphics capacity of the Game Boy Advance.
  3. AndersonL.
    Jan 7, 2003
    Jo, I know that this game is almost the same as the snes contra game, but this serie is better because its has some new levels and because of the graphics. Full Review »