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Konami discusses what was important to keep in moving Contra from 2D to 3D with Contra Rogue Corps

Keeping Contra Contra

Contra: Rogue Corps is the latest installment in the Contra franchise, and while it's not the first to take things into 3D, it's certainly a deeper dive into the third dimension than previous installments. In an interview with DualShockers, executive producer Nobuya Nakazato explains what elements had to be kept from the series' classic 2D installments to make sure Rogue Corps felt like Contra.

What I wanted to keep from the other Contra games was that Contra has been easy to pick up, easy to control, and lets you have fun from the very beginning. You feel great when you are playing the game and shooting around at the enemies. That is something that we tried to keep when switching the game to 3D.

Konami says Contra could return to 2D, but it would have to innovate

2D Contra could happen again

Contra: Rogue Corps is heading to Switch in just a matter of days, and it's another entry in the franchise to bring the game into 3D. Does that mean going forward, all installments are going to take the 3D route? That's not necessarily the case, says executive producer Nobuya Nakazato. Here's what he had to say about the potential for new 2D installments in an interview with DualShockers.

“Yeah, I love the old 2D games as well and I’d love to make new ones, but just modernizing the graphics, upgrading the graphics, and creating something new in them would not be the right way to do it, in my opinion. I’d have to come up with a new innovation and maybe change a bit of the genre and then I can start working on one of those.”

Konami explains why it took so long for the Contra franchise to return

The stars aligned

Its been quite some time since we've seen the Contra franchise, but that's all set to change with Contra: Rogue Corps. That title is set to launch this week, but why on earth did it take so long for the series to return? NintendoEverything asked director Nobuya Nakazato for an explanation, which you can find below.

“It was very hard to kick off the project just because we needed to find the right kind of momentum and timing. Obviously I really wanted to make another Contra game. I’ve been really pushing – I just couldn’t find the right push, and couldn’t get approval for such a project to do it out of the blue.

Also, one of the difficult things is finding the right team to work on such a game, and even just the staff and resources we have at the time, but what really pushed forward with the project was… one of the things that was very memorable to me was working on Contra games, and I know the series well, and so I figured who else would be worthy to create the next Contra game? And that’s why I wanted to contribute all of my talent and history on the series and make it come to life.”

Contra: Rogue Corps will get free content updates after launch

Free missions and weapons incoming

We already know that Contra: Rogue Corps is going to get some paid DLC, but it turns out there will be some free content coming as well. Director Nobuya Nakazato has stated that free post-launch updates are coming, and they will include both more missions and weapons. Those will go along with the added ability of going beyond the current level cap. No exact date was given for this content, other than post-launch.

First 4 Figures shares a progress update on their Metal Gear Solid: Solid Snake SD PVC Statue

Looking solid, Snake

Solid Snake is getting the premium figure treatment from First 4 Figures, and it looks like things are moving along quite nicely. The First 4 Figures gang has shared a progress update on the figure, which gives us a great peek at what the finished version is going to look like.

Konami kicks off Contra: Rogue Corps motion comic series

With a Bill and Lance cameo!

Konami is promoting the upcoming Contra: Rogue Corps with something special. As you can see above, a new motion comic series is being distributed on YouTube, and it appears it'll have multiple installments. Konami is doing their best to dial up the humor in these motion comics. As to whether they're hit or miss...I'll leave that up to you.

Link, Snake, Ivysaur, and Squirtle amiibo unboxing

The latest round of amiibo are launching later this week, but why not get an up-close-and-personal look at them right now? Check out the video above to get a better look at Link, Snake, Ivysaur, and Squirtle.

Walmart breaks street dates on Link, Ivysaur, Squirtle, and Snake amiibo

What's the deal, Walmart?!

Boy, oh boy...Walmart just doesn't seem to care about street dates lately! They've always been a bit iffy on keeping things locked up until launch date, but they really seem to have given up in recent weeks. Not only are they selling the Switch Lite early at some locations, they're also selling the Link's Awakening Link, Ivysaur, Squirtle, and Snake amiibo! Head to your local Walmart and you might be lucky enough to snag these early!

Contra Rogue Corps - Switch Vs. PS4 Pro comparison

She's not a pretty one

Contra Rogue Corps isn't the prettiest game on any platform, but just how big are the differences between the Switch and PS4 versions? Check out the footage above, which compares the recently-released demo across platforms.

Contra Rogue Corps - more demo gameplay

CONTRA ROGUE CORPS is an over the top run and gun game with fast paced ultra-violent combat. Offering both single and multiplayer options, CONTRA ROGUE CORPS is an incredible gameplay experience alone or with your friends.

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