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  • Summary: The Contra Anniversary Collection brings this classic Run and Gun franchise back to modern platforms and a new generation of players. Grab power ups and blast your way through waves of menacing enemies and bosses that will put your reaction skills to the test.
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
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  1. Jul 16, 2019
    91
    Fans of Contra will be very happy with what’s on offer and newcomers have a great collection of games to check out at a reasonable price. Not to mention a very enjoyable digital book about the series history which If you’ve ever wanted to know what all us old gamers have been raving about with these series then it’s a great way to find out!
  2. Jun 17, 2019
    90
    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.
  3. NF Magazine
    Feb 27, 2020
    90
    While it may not be as good as it could be, at least it's as good as it needs to be. [Issue #40 – July/August 2019, p. 22]
  4. Jun 14, 2019
    80
    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 collection and hope that M2 fix the frame rate on the coin op. The rest, it's still wonderful.
  5. Jul 1, 2019
    80
    The price is indeed a bit steep in that regard in this day and age, however the quality of every single release included is to be considered, as well as the fact that M2 handled this and did so just as perfectly, as we've come to expect from the people working there. It is a no-brainer purchase for Konami and Contra fans, especially on Switch, where portability without any compromises is an extra that can't be afforded by other platforms. Others who may just be interested in taking a first dive into the series may prefer to wait for a light drop in price however.
  6. Jun 18, 2019
    80
    Contra Anniversary 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.
  7. 75
    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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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 3 out of 4
  1. Jun 19, 2019
    8
    5 jeux cultes, avec leurs versions japonaises en bonus, pour moins de 20 euros parmis lesquels 2 monuments des jeux actions shooter 16bits,5 jeux cultes, avec leurs versions japonaises en bonus, pour moins de 20 euros parmis lesquels 2 monuments des jeux actions shooter 16bits, cette compilation est de qualité. CONTRA Anniversary Collection bénéficie d'une émulation très solide et techniquement fidèle au matériel original. Les fans apprécieront également l'Ebook inédit dévoilant des artworks magnifiques sur la saga. Quand Konami s'en donne les moyens, la société peut redonner beaucoup de plaisir aux joueurs. Expand
  2. Apr 5, 2020
    4
    Lots of fun to play in docked mode, but in handheld mode it's unplayable. The aspect ratio is completely off, it feels like you're playing onLots of fun to play in docked mode, but in handheld mode it's unplayable. The aspect ratio is completely off, it feels like you're playing on a Gameboy. And the controls give you cramps after a few minutes of playing. They should've let you adjust the button lay-out. Expand
  3. Jun 13, 2019
    1
    This game is completely unplayable in handheld. You can switch the orientation so it is visible in portrait mode, but there’s no way to changeThis game is completely unplayable in handheld. You can switch the orientation so it is visible in portrait mode, but there’s no way to change the controls to match. Absolutely unbelievable that they would release a game for the switch that can’t be played portably. Simply don’t by this game until the patch the controls to work if you want to play undocked. Shameful. Expand
  4. Jun 15, 2019
    0
    An absolute horrible and lazy port. First of all, no online play? Really? Second, WHY did we get the arcade versions of contra? Easily theAn absolute horrible and lazy port. First of all, no online play? Really? Second, WHY did we get the arcade versions of contra? Easily the worst versions of contra by far. Hit detection is all messed up, the jumping is awkward and clunky, bullets don't go where you want them to when aiming in all 8 directions, etc. This collection is ALSO really just 3 games with different regional ports for each one. It may SEEM like a good deal because you're getting "10 games" when really you only get 3 games and different regional ports which add literally NOTHING to the other versions, just your main characters are robots and not humans. The only good thing about this is that it has contra 3, and a digital scrapbook that's annoying to navigate. Very disappointed in this konami, I'm glad I'm getting a refund. Expand