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Chewbacca Contra is a real thing, Konami and LucasArts team up

by Ron Duwell | April 23, 2015April 23, 2015 3:40 pm PDT

No seriously, this is real. You can’t accuse Konami of not making Contra games anymore, because it has just uploaded a new one to the Star Wars: Force Collection card-based game. Just what the heck do Star Wars and Contra have in common? Well, not much, but that doesn’t really seem to matter here.

This Chewbacca mini-game puts everyone’s favorite wookie in the role of Contra stars Bill Rizer and Lance Bean as he runs, jumps, flips, and blasts away stormtroopers in a single hit with his iconic crossbow. Spoilers: it can turn into the spread cannon, and naturally, this means Game Over for the badguys.

“Chewcontra” or “Contrabacca” even features the faux-3D stages found in the classic NES run n’ gunning game. I can’t tell if this is tongue in cheek humor or a genuine attempt at making a game, but I’d like to try it. The game is available in the Star Wars: Force Collection which is a free-to-play app on both the App Store and Google Play. You just have to beat the card game’s tutorial to play it.

However, I don’t see any controller support just yet, and I can’t imagine something as demanding as Contra being played on a touch screen. My guess is that it doesn’t hold a candle to Super Star Wars, and it is just a whole lot of silly fun. Incremental aiming in angles is what will be its Achilles heel. I hate that in my run n’ gunners.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...