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German retailer lists Contra for Switch

It's about time!

Looks like a German retailer might have spilled the beans on an upcoming Konami game. Retailer NetGames has posted up a listing for Contra on Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. The listings all share a release date of Sept. 24th, 2019. Either this listing is a complete mistake, or Konami has something interesting to reveal for E3!

This synth cover of Operation C's 'Area 1' theme is spot-on

GLASYS, who has put together some amazing musical tributes to the world of Nintendo, is back yet again with another amazing cover. This time around, GLASYS performs a rendition of Operation C's 'Area 1' theme using the Sequential Prophet XL. The results are fantastic, and the best news is that GLASYS will be putting together more videos like this. If you have a Game Boy game you'd like to see him cover a tune from, hit him up in the YouTube comments!

Konami grabs new trademarks for Contra, Bomber World, and Bomberman

Could Konami be up to something with their classic franchises? The company just filed for new trademarks related to Contra (English word), Bomber World (English words) and Bomberman (English word plus the Japanese ボンバーマン). All the trademarks pertain to Japan. The first two are for use with videogames, while the last pertains to trading cards.

Fan-Art: Hand-draw Contra guide and art book now available

Pay what you want for this Hand-Drawn Contra Guide & Art Book based on the classic Nintendo Entertainment System game. The book was fully illustrated and written out by hand and contains maps of all 8 stages, plus character artwork for every single character, along with tips, secrets and much more! Enjoy!

This amazing book was put together by the super-talented Shamoozal. If you've been around GoNintendo for a few years, you definitely recognize the Shamoozal name. We partnered up with Shamoozal for a series of animated shorts, and they're still one of the high points of my career here on GoNintendo. Shamoozal has been honing their craft ever since then, and it culminates with this fantastic art book. Check it out here!

The $100k hunt for the original Contra cover art

Recently we reported on the passing of Bob Wakelin, an artist who worked on multiple covers for NES games. Among his most famous work is the cover for Contra, which you can see above. The passing of Wakelin has only made interest in his work grow, and now there's a very serious hunt to find the original art Wakelin created for Contra.

Usually cover art starts as a painting. That painting is then taken and turned into multiple copies for the game's cover. This is what a collector is looking for, the original Contra cover art painting. The collector is willing to offer $100k to anyone who can find this art for him.

Think you have what it takes to hunt down Wakelin's art? Good luck to anyone who gives it a shot. You could come away from this situation a very rich person!

RUMOR - Konami bringing their WiiWare trilogy to Switch, and including a brand-new 4th title

Rumor has it that Konami is bringing some games to Switch, and their plans include some ports and a brand-new title.

Back on the Wii, Konami released a series of ReBirth titles featuring classic brands. Gradius ReBirth, Castlevania The Adventure ReBirth and Contra ReBirth were all pretty fantastic titles, and word on the street is that they're coming to Switch. Along with those titles, Konami is apparently working on a 4th ReBirth title, but no specific details on that project have been leaked.

Contra's live-action movie and TV adaptations to see release worldwide

Remember back when we told you about Konami's plans for a live-action Contra movie and TV show? Turns out the whole world will get to enjoy those features, as Konami has confirmed their worldwide release. We don't have a date for the debuts yet, but I'm already pumped. I know these are both going to be so bad-good!

If you want to know what the story of the movie will be, you can check out an official synopsis below.

In 1988, a huge meteorite lands on an uninhabited island in the South China Sea. Chen Qiang and Li Zhiyong investigate but come up empty handed. 29 years later, Chen sends commandos Bill and Lance into a combat mission there to neutralize the villainous Red Falcon Organization, but end up facing a different enemy altogether.

Contra III gets the MSU1 audio treatment

Once again, for those who are unfamiliar with MSU1...

MSU1, also named "Media Streaming Unit revision 1", is a homemade enhancement chip made by byuu for the SNES. It allows the SNES to have 4 GB of storage space and CD quality Stereo Audio.

Thanks to Goncalo for the heads up!

Mondo reveals Castlevania, Contra merch for Comic-Con

- poster for Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, created by artist Sachin Teng
- Contra poster by artist Eric Powell
- vinyl LP soundtrack containing music from both the arcade and NES versions of Contra