The iOS App Store can be a hotbed of crazy IP-infinging releases, and you may not know it but Konami's Contra series is one of the most popular targets. Usually a game with a name that doesn't mention anything about Contra will pop up and nothing more than a ripped ROM of the NES or arcade versions of the game with dodgy touch controls slapped on it. I see them all the time, usually they get taken down sometime after the fact, and then usually another nearly identical version is released with a slightly different name to take its place. It's rampant. I used to think it was fascinating but now I just kind of ignore it.

However, one of our eagle-eyed forum members has noticed what appears to be a Konami-sanctioned version of the game called Contra Evolution rear its head in the Chinese App Store. A demonstration video of the game can be seen below, originally posted to a Chinese site called AppGame.com and re-uploaded to YouTube and further detailed by PandaApp.com. It looks like Contra Evolution is based on the original Contra but with enhanced visuals and a whole slew of new playable characters. It appears to use simple virtual controls for handling what is one of the most notoriously difficult games of all time, but it's possible the difficulty is tweaked for the iOS release and I'd imagine there are special features like auto-fire that make the experience easier on the touchscreen.

We really have no idea if Contra Evolution will make its way to the US App Store, but I certainly hope that it does. It looks pretty awesome. We're going to dig for additional details on this one, but be sure to stop by the thread in our forums where the game is currently being discussed, and if you have access to a Chinese App Store account then you can check out Contra Evolution for ¥12.00 on the iPhone and ¥18.00 for the iPad version.

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  • raulriera

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  • raulriera

    Oh man, I want this...

  • raulriera

    Oh man, I want this...

  • raulriera

    Oh man, I want this...

  • raulriera

    Oh man, I want this...

  • Bool Zero

    "One of the most notoriously difficult games of all time"? Contra? Really? Bayou Billy, the original three Ninja Gaidens, Raiden, Lifeforce, Blaster Master or Battletoads for sure, but Contra was relatively easy with some simple pattern recognition.

    As for the game, here's hoping it is actually good. The past few attempts to update Contra have been less than stellar and while the idea of playing a suped up version on my iPad sound more than just slightly enticing, the fact of this coming from China and with no press from Konami makes me skeptical as to its quality or authenticity.

  • Bool Zero

    "One of the most notoriously difficult games of all time"? Contra? Really? Bayou Billy, the original three Ninja Gaidens, Raiden, Lifeforce, Blaster Master or Battletoads for sure, but Contra was relatively easy with some simple pattern recognition.

    As for the game, here's hoping it is actually good. The past few attempts to update Contra have been less than stellar and while the idea of playing a suped up version on my iPad sound more than just slightly enticing, the fact of this coming from China and with no press from Konami makes me skeptical as to its quality or authenticity.

  • Bool Zero

    "One of the most notoriously difficult games of all time"? Contra? Really? Bayou Billy, the original three Ninja Gaidens, Raiden, Lifeforce, Blaster Master or Battletoads for sure, but Contra was relatively easy with some simple pattern recognition.

    As for the game, here's hoping it is actually good. The past few attempts to update Contra have been less than stellar and while the idea of playing a suped up version on my iPad sound more than just slightly enticing, the fact of this coming from China and with no press from Konami makes me skeptical as to its quality or authenticity.

  • Bool Zero

    "One of the most notoriously difficult games of all time"? Contra? Really? Bayou Billy, the original three Ninja Gaidens, Raiden, Lifeforce, Blaster Master or Battletoads for sure, but Contra was relatively easy with some simple pattern recognition.

    As for the game, here's hoping it is actually good. The past few attempts to update Contra have been less than stellar and while the idea of playing a suped up version on my iPad sound more than just slightly enticing, the fact of this coming from China and with no press from Konami makes me skeptical as to its quality or authenticity.

  • Bool Zero

    "One of the most notoriously difficult games of all time"? Contra? Really? Bayou Billy, the original three Ninja Gaidens, Raiden, Lifeforce, Blaster Master or Battletoads for sure, but Contra was relatively easy with some simple pattern recognition.

    As for the game, here's hoping it is actually good. The past few attempts to update Contra have been less than stellar and while the idea of playing a suped up version on my iPad sound more than just slightly enticing, the fact of this coming from China and with no press from Konami makes me skeptical as to its quality or authenticity.

    • MidianGTX

      That would have sounded far more catchy!

    • rpgmind

      Hated those jeep levels in bayou billy. Loooved the music though. The ugly stick changed my life!

    • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

      Yeah, Contra was rather hard without that now-notorious 'secret' button combo that brought you back to life.

    • Chester_Copperpot

      Yeah, although I would put Battletoads in a category all its own. I beat all the others, but that last rat race in Battletoads? Holy crap. Good luck if you're made of meat.

    • Karzay

      It's subjective. Contra is widely known as a challenging game, especially if you were new to the genre. I think it depends on which game you played first and what skills you mastered by playing it. A great game, nonetheless.

      • Dams

        Challenging ? Ha !
        Try dragon's lair or ninja turtles on NES.

      • Karzay

        Ninja Turtles was extremely challenging, but Dragon's Lair was only frustrating because of poor game design.

  • W4TSON

    If this game is released on the U.S. App Store then a purchase from me will depend entirely on price & how the touch controls are implemented. Here's hoping that it all works out.

  • W4TSON

    If this game is released on the U.S. App Store then a purchase from me will depend entirely on price & how the touch controls are implemented. Here's hoping that it all works out.

  • W4TSON

    If this game is released on the U.S. App Store then a purchase from me will depend entirely on price & how the touch controls are implemented. Here's hoping that it all works out.

  • W4TSON

    If this game is released on the U.S. App Store then a purchase from me will depend entirely on price & how the touch controls are implemented. Here's hoping that it all works out.

  • W4TSON

    If this game is released on the U.S. App Store then a purchase from me will depend entirely on price & how the touch controls are implemented. Here's hoping that it all works out.

  • causticXD

    Looks good.

    Question: how does he have the status bar displayed like that on fullscreen? Is that a hack or something or is it within the Settings, but I'm super blind to see it?

    • pudquick

      re: status bar in full screen

      If you look in the lower right corner, there's a circle button which is the 'scale' button - for apps that were built without iPad support.

      I don't think the reviewer purchased the iPad version of the app.

      • causticXD

        Ahhh, that's exactly what it is. Thanks.

  • Rivalsan

    I am 100% interested in this! Just come out at a reasonable price, and I'm ready to buy.

  • Retro Nug

    +1 to Bool Zero for mentioning Bayou Billy.

  • gunshot24

    Bayou bill was awesome I would still play this to this day!!!!!!! Instant classic

  • ExcaliburEdge

    ^ ^ v v B A Start

    • zhouyichong

      这是全世界通用的语音。:)

  • ExcaliburEdge

    ^ ^ v v B A Start

  • Galsia

    Want to believe that this will come out here but a bit skeptical. Fingers crossed though and that the controls aren't messed up.

  • TMcaseyjonesNT

    It looks like there is IAP content. If so, that can really take a game like Contra and kill it for me. Let me pay for a game up front, and then enjoy it to its full glory.

  • http://twitter.com/Jonnysevern Jonathan Severn

    Its a classic

  • InfectiousRed

    I can't imagine playing Contra with virtual dpad/buttons, and I don't even dislike virtual controls in general. No thanks, China can keep it.

  • zhouyichong

    在中国区这款游戏已经被骂得不像样了,操控太糟糕,内购太多!

  • Grimm560

    I'm getting that warm and fuzzy feeling that I used to get as a kid. I won't be a stickler for details as this looks like a straight port of code and mechanics with a new meat suit. So bring it to the states already!