Konami released a Gameboy Advance version of the previous game in 2002.
Contra Advance The Alien Wars EX cover
The game was titled Contra Advance:The Alien Wars EX, also known in japan as Contra: Hard Spirits (魂斗羅 ハードスピリッツ) Unlike the original SNES game and the previous Game Boy adaptation, Contra Advance was released in Europe and Australia under the Contra name without the Probotector title and robotic characters.


The designers made changes to many of the features of the original game. The mega bombs and the ability to wield two weapons were removed, but the player can now lock their character's aim like in Contra: Shattered Soldier (allowing the player to move anywhere while shooting at one direction) and is given a choice to revert back to their previously held weapon when picking a new one. The top-view stages (Stage 2 and 5) from the original SNES game were replaced with two stages from Contra: Hard Corps (the Military Train and Big Battle stages).

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