Today, Konami and My Arcade made it official as they will partner together to release mini arcade version of Contra to be sold for the public. This will include the Contra Micro Player and the Contra Pocket Player, both of which you can see here. We got a look at these back at E3 2019, but it appears both companies were still negotiating things for the past month, so now it’s official. Both of these will each feature the game’s signature co-op play mode, you’ll also be able to link two of the same devices together to fight as a team. The Micro Player will feature the original arcade version of Contra while the Pocket Player will include original arcade versions of Contra and Super C. Here’s a couple of quotes from the announcement today.
“Our mission is to find unique and exciting ways to extend Konami’s iconic game franchises.” says Jennifer Coleman, Vice President of Licensing and Marketing, Konami Cross Media NY. “The expansion of the Contra game line into standalone, compact versions, thanks to our partners at My Arcade, provides a unique opportunity for its millions of fans around the world to show their love for the game. We are happy to develop this new line of products with them for this popular title.”
Amir Navid, SVP Product Development and Creative Director, My Arcade, added, “We’re honored to be working with Konami Cross Media NY on Contra, one of the top games of all time and one of my personal favorites. It’s been almost 30 years since its introduction and we’re pleased to celebrate that milestone by giving fans another way to experience the game and show their love for it!”