Operation C (USA-1)

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Operation C USA-1

The game has a total of five stages, many of which share design similarities to Super C (the NES version of Super Contra). The three odd-numbered stages (1, 3, and 5) are played from a side-view perspective, while the two even-numbered ones (2 and 4) are top-view. The soundtrack consists primarily of arranged background music from the original Contra, with the exception of a few tunes (namely the Area 2 theme, the Stage Select theme, the sub-boss theme in Area 3, and the ending theme). Operation C was the first Contra game to feature auto-fire as a default feature, resulting in the removal of the Machine Gun power-up from previous games. The Laser Rifle is also removed, leaving only the Spread Shot and Fire Gun from Super C. However, the game introduces a new Homing Gun that fires bullets that chase after enemies. The Spread Shot starts out as a three-way shot, but it can be upgraded to a five-way version after picking it up a second time. Unlike Super C, the Fire Gun does not have chargeable shots, while the Barrier and Rapid Bullets power-ups are not featured in this installment either.

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Flap Code DMG-CN-USA-1
Booklet Code DMG-CN-USA-1
Cartridge Code DMG-CN-USA-1
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Transparent plastic inlay
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About the game

Developed by
Release date Europe : 1991 , Dec.
USA : 1991 , Feb.
Japan : 1990 , Dec.
Others supports GBC (compilation)
Saving No save available
Gaming type Run and Gun
Number of players
Super Game Boy Functions None
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Contra Series (Probotector)

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In-game Comparison

  • The American and Japanese versions feature a human, while the European versions feature a robot
  • Other systems


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    Production Dates

    22/11/1990 : Contra - JPN

    29/12/1990 : Operation C - USA

    25/04/1991 : Operation C - USA

    03/10/1991 : Operation C - USA

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