Back in January, a forum member stumbled across a new game in the Contra series for iOS devices that was only available in the Chinese App Store. It's called Contra Evolution and it looks to be a revamped version of the original run and gun shooter with sweet new graphics and new playable characters.

We thought it looked awesome, but it was only available in China and there was no hint that it might be releasing in additional territories. Well, some enterprising forum members tracked down the Facebook page for PunchBox Studios, the developer responsible for Contra Evolution, and took it upon themselves to do their own detective work.

The Facebook page is entirely in Chinese and didn't offer much insight, but forum member Master(G) reached out to PunchBox to inquire about the game releasing in additional territories and actually received a response… also in Chinese. The translation by forum member CygentSeven's wife sounds pretty positive:

Yes, please wait until we finish the the next revision. It should be soon. There is a plan for a global release. Please watch our website.

Now, take this with whatever size grain of salt is needed as due to language barrier issues this is in no way a guarantee that we'll see Contra Evolution in the US App Store or elsewhere, but it's a positive sign, for sure.

I've reached out to PunchBox previously with no response, so at this point we'll probably just need to wait and see what happens. I'm jonesing for some Contra on my iPhone though, as are the eager gamers in our forums, so I'll definitely be keeping tight tabs on this story in case there are any new developments and we'll be sure to keep you in the loop.

  • ODMay

    If Nintendo converted Super Mario Bros to iOS, it would takeover.

  • kioshi

    The game already has an option for English language, there's no need to translate anything if they want to release it now.

    • LordOfLetterbox

      Yeah I have played it but I didn't enjoy it that much..I believe it's one of those games that doesn't convert very well to touch controls. I hope I am wrong though and everyone else enjoys it..I really do.

      • kioshi

        I haven't played it that much (only first and second levels) but I'm inclined to agree with you, I didn't like both control sticks. Maybe they could've done it better, maybe not, I dunno...

      • RellekWVU

        I agree with you guys on the controls. This game is definitely an old school twitchy platformer that would be PERFECT if the controls weren't touch.

  • saansilt

    Up up down down left right left right a b start
    The code must work!

    • drloony

      Uhhh, that's not the code

  • RellekWVU

    Playing this now. It has English menus, etc. I'm definitely a fan!

  • RellekWVU

    Ok so just gave this a solid playthrough. Made it to the Snowfields before I met my demise. Can't figure out if the Konami code exists cause there is no way to enter it that I can't tell. It must exist though, right!? The soundtrack is awesome as are the gfx. This definitely needs a release stateside!

    • RellekWVU

      Update on the Konami code: it's an IAP that increases starting lives to 30.

  • Blodia

    I'm just happy they brought Crazy Climber Wii to iOS. Everything after that is just gravy.

  • Skarvarn

    Uh... This is not official, right?

    • RellekWVU

      The icon has a Konami branding and it opens with a "Konami" splash screen, for what it's worth. Though that could obviously be added in without Konami's consent I don't see Apple approving it, even in China.