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Contra III: The Alien Wars

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Title Screen

Contra III: The Alien Wars

Also known as: Contra Spirits (JP), Super Probotector: Alien Rebels (EU)
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platform: SNES
Released in JP: February 28, 1992
Released in US: April 1992
Released in EU: November 19, 1992


TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Contra + 16 bits = Billions of boulders crapped.

Unused Copyright Warning

Contra3OldWarning.png

An unused, slightly corrupted arcade-style copyright warning can be found at ROM address 4F838 in all three versions of the game. The readable portion of the text is as follows:

WARNI G
THIS GAME IS FOR SALE AND
USE IN JAPAN ONLY.
COPYRIGHTED MUSIC/
 ORKS IN THIS
GAME AER SEPARATELY OWNED BY
THE AUTHORS.
VIOLATOR  MAY BE SUBJECT TO
SEVERE PENALTIES UNLESS
SPECIALLY AUTHORIZED BY
THEM."

© 1992 KONAMI

For comparison's sake, the standard message used in their arcade games (this instance taken from Asterix, version JAD):

              WARNING

THIS GAME IS FOR SALE AND USE IN
JAPAN ONLY.  THE COPYRIGHTED MUSIC/
CHARACTERS/ART WORKS IN THIS GAME
ARE SEPARATELY OWNED BY THE AUTHORS.
THE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE OUTSIDE THIS
TERRITORY IS PROHIBITED BY LAWS AND
THE VIOLATOR MAY BE SUBJECT TO
SEVERE PENALTIES UNLESS SPECIALLY
AUTHORIZED BY THEM.

            ©1992 KONAMI

Regional Differences

Like other Contra titles, the European release replaced the player characters with robots in order to circumvent German laws prohibiting the sale of violent games to minors.

Title Screen

Japan US Europe
Contra Spirits title.png Snescontra3-title.png Super Probotector title.png

Introduction (abridged)

Japan US Europe
Contra Spirits intro-1.png Contra III intro-1.png Super Probotector intro-1.png
Contra Spirits intro-2.png Contra III intro-2.png Super Probotector intro-2.png

The North American version doesn't use colored outlines on the text that was used in the Japanese version. The European version replaced the humans with robots, and removed the color-coded text altogether. The irony is that the color-coded text would have been even better suited for the European version as the humans are animated when they speak, while the robots are not.

Cutscenes

Contra Probotector
Contra cutscene 1.png Probotector cutscene 1.png
Contra cutscene 2.png Probotector cutscene 2.png
Contra cutscene 3.png Probotector cutscene 3.png
Contra cutscene 4.png Probotector cutscene 4.png
Contra cutscene 5.png Probotector cutscene 5.png

Like in the intro, the European version replaced Bill Rizer and Lance Bean (Jimbo and Sully in the North American version) with the robots RD-008 and RC-011.

Font

Japan US/Europe
Contra Spirits font.png Contra III font.png

In the top-view stages, the Japanese version uses a metallic color with red outlines for its text. In the international versions it was changed to yellow.

Characters

Japan/US Europe
Contra III characters.png Super Probotector characters.png

Game Ending

Easy Mode Message

Japan Translation US/Europe
Contra Spirits easy msg.png Easy Mode Operation Completed

Good job!! However, you didn't completely
destroy the enemies in this operation.
The true big boss is lurking somewhere.
Challenge yourself in a higher class mode
and sweep them up next time!!
Contra III easy msg.png

The Japanese version lets you know that there is still a true final boss left to defeat on higher difficulty settings. The international versions don't let you see the credits and only let you hear its music, so the "Try Normal Mode" was replaced with a "Push Start Key" notice.

Normal Mode Message

Japan Translation US/Europe
Contra Spirits normal msg.png Normal Mode Operation Completed

Your actions have defeated humanity's
greatest crisis. However, the battle to
protect the freedom and peace of Contra
will continue from now on.
Contra III normal msg.png

As the ending image montage is also displayed on Normal Mode in the Japanese version, the message is placed at the bottom of the screen. In the international versions, the only difference from Easy Mode is the scrolling starfield in the background.

Hard Mode Message

Japan US Europe
Contra Spirits image-1.png Contra3 end-1.png Super probotector end-1.png
Contra Spirits image-2.png Contra III image-2.png Super Probotector image-2.png
Contra Spirits image-3.png Contra3 end-2.png Super probotector end-2.png
Contra Spirits image-4.png Contra3 end-3.png Super probotector end-3.png
Contra Spirits image-5.png Contra3 end-4.png Super probotector end-4.png

Hard Mode Operation Completed
Congratulations!! Finally, you have achieved a perfect victory.
You are the real hero! Your name will eternally go down in history for many people.

Due to the localization choices of the two previous Contra games, the timestamps on the images were removed in the international versions, instead of adjusting them. Strangely, the main characters were removed on the image where they encounter the brain in the European version.

(Translations: divingkataetheweirdo)

Credits

Japan US Europe
Contra Spirits credits.png Contra III credits.png Super Probotector credits.png

In the international versions, the team names for Arcade, Famicom, and Game Boy were updated and "Very Thanks" was changed to "Many Thanks".

Ending Celebration

Easy Mode Normal Mode Hard Mode
Contra Spirits celebration easy.png Contra Spirits celebration normal.png Contra Spirits celebration hard.png

In the Japanese version, the credits and ending celebration is shown in all difficulty modes with the celebration screen containing a few subtle differences depending on the difficulty. On Normal mode, there is a kid added to the crowd. And on Hard mode, a dog is added.

Japan US Europe
Contra Spirits celebration hard.png Contra III celebration.png Super Probotector celebration.png

The text was changed in the international versions.

Final Score Screen

Japan/US Europe
Contra3 end-5.png Super probotector end-5.png

Cheats

There are 3 cheat codes in the Japanese version that were disabled in the international versions.

30 Lives

At the title screen press Down, Down+Right, Right, Start. If done correctly, you will hear the player dying sound effect.

Sound Test

Snescontra3-sound.png

In the Japanese version, quickly press Right, Right+Down, Right, X at the title screen for the sound test.

Since the US version disables the code, the Game Genie code 418A-0F0D is required therein.


(Source: GameFAQS (ReyVGM), GSCentral (Ugetab))

Level Select

Contra III Level Select.png

Similar to the sound test, the button code required to access the level selector is only enabled in the Japanese version (in this case by quickly pressing Down, Down+Left, Left, Up+Left, Up, Start for one player or Down, Down+Left, Left, Start for two players). The Game Genie code D5C8-64AF is required to access it in the US version by selecting "Options" at the title screen. Press Up and Down to choose your level.

Other Changes

  • The Japanese version provides infinite continues while they are limited in the international versions. (The exact number of continues depends on the difficulty setting)
  • The Japanese version allows the player to fight the true final boss on Normal mode, whereas the international versions only allows it on Hard mode. The full ending sequence is shown on Normal mode as well.
  • During gameplay in the Japanese version, the lives counter counts "1" as your last life. In the western versions, "0" is your last life.