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Contra III: The Alien Wars / Super Probotector: Alien Rebels / Contra Spirits
Game Code: CS Genre: Action/ Shooter
US Title: Contra III: The Alien Wars US Publisher: Konmai
Japan Title: Contra Spirits Japan Publisher: Konami
Title in Kanji: Title in Kana:
European Title: Super Probotector: Alien Rebels Europe Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami Players: 1-2 (Simultaneously)
Accessories: none Special Chips: none
Save: none

When I first started this game up, I thought, wow, this is great! The graphics are very smooth and fast. The sound is good, as you will just hear the constant rumble of your gun shooting off. The action was relentless! If you didn't keep shooting, you would likely die very quickly. The enemies are fast and there are a lot of them. Luckily, you have infinite ammunition, so you can always continue your assult. Powerups abound, but I wish that it was easier to tell which powerup was which, as when you have homing missles, you really don't want to give them up for something worse. The controls are top notch, but it is a little tough to turn in the overhead level with the L and R buttons when you have tons of enemies surrounding you. Overall, this is one of the best games on the snes, so if you see it in a store, I recommend that you pick it up. Just note that this game is not easy. It is action that just doesn't let off.


Prototypes

Region Cart/PCB scan Dump Status State of Completion Source Notes Details
USA no dumped near final prototype cart The game has a different title screen, but otherwise is likely the same as the Japanese version. link

Cartridge label information

Region Country Serial Code notes Scan
Americas USA SNS-CS-USA regular release link
Americas USA SNS-CS-DIS Not for Resale display copy link

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PCB Information

ROM Chip ID Region Known Man. Dates PCB Type CIC SRAM Decoder/ Logic Circuit Special Chips
SNS-CS-0 (front) USA 9209 SHVC-1A0N-01 D411 There is no decoder chipThere are no special chips
SNS-CS-0 (front) USA 9232 SHVC-1A0N-02 D411 There is no decoder chipThere are no special chips
SNS-CS-0 (front) USA 9241 SHVC-1A0N-10 D411A There is no decoder chipThere are no special chips
SPAL-CS-0 (front) (back) Europe 9234 SHVC-1A0N-02 D413A There is no decoder chipThere are no special chips

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Box information

Region Country Serial Code Notes Front Scan Back Scan
Americas USA SNS-CS-USA regular release link link

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Screenshots

Screenshots (3)

Published Review Scores

Nintendo Power (George) Publication date:
May 1992
Issue: 36 Page: 103
Graphics and Sound: 4.5/5 Play Control: 4.0/5 Challenge: 4.5/5 Theme and Fun: 3.5/5
Nintendo Power (Rob) Publication date:
May 1992
Issue: 36 Page: 103
Graphics and Sound: 4.0/5 Play Control: 4.0/5 Challenge: 4.0/5 Theme and Fun: 4.0/5
Nintendo Power Publication date:
May 1992
Issue: 36 Page: 105
Graphics and Sound: 4.3/5 Play Control: 4.4/5 Challenge: 4.3/5 Theme and Fun: 3.9/5

Bibliography

  • Nintendo Power, Featured article (game overview and strategy guide), Publication date: May 1992, Volume: 36, Pages: 83-91
  • Nintendo Power, Now Playing - George and Rob (review), Publication date: May 1992, Volume: 36, Pages: 103
  • Nintendo Power, Now Playing(review), Publication date: May 1992, Volume: 36, Pages: 105
  • Nintendo Power, Classified Information (trick to gain massive amounts of points, and thus gain maximum amount of lives; trick to shoot two weapons at the same time); trick to spin faster in overhead levels), Publication date: October 1992, Volume: 41, Pages: 28
  • Nintendo Power, Classified Information (additional places to get maximum lives by racking up huge scores), Publication date: December 1992, Volume: 43, Pages: 24

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