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Contra

Year: 1988
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Players: 1 or 2

Contra is one of the games that accompanied Konami's rise to popularity. Among the sequels to this game that Konami churned out, most people, though not all, consider this game to be the best, with good right to.

Konami figured it would be best not to make the game entirely side-scrolling, so they added some "base" levels in, comprised of short, one-screen stages where the characters were facing up and down, instead of to the sides.