Contra: Hard Corps is a side-scrolling run and gun-style shoot-'em-up video game released by Konami for the Sega Genesis in North America and South Korea in 1994. It was also released for the Mega Drive as Contra: The Hard Corps (魂斗羅 ザ・ハードコア Kontora Za Hādo Koa?) in Japan, and as Probotector in Europe and Australia.

It was the first game in the Contra series released for a Sega platform, and serves as the first entry in the "Hard Corps" series, itself a subseries of the Contra franchise.


Set five years after the events of Contra III: The Alien Wars, a terrorist group led by the renegade Colonel Bahamut has stolen an alien cell recovered from the war and now intends to use it in order to produce weapons and overthrow the present government. Instead of the traditional heroes, Bill and Lance, a new task force known as the Hard Corps are sent to deal with the situation. The game features a branching storyline with multiple possible endings.

Castlevania referencesEdit

  • The game features a miniboss called Simondo Belmont who resembles Simon Belmont from the Castlevania series. The theme "SIMON 1994RD", played in the background, is a remix of Vampire Killer.
  • The game pays homage to the Castlevania series in one of its endings by recreating the iconic crumbling castle scene with the hero staring from far away.


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