The Contra universe began as a run-and-gun platform arcade video game by Konami in 1987 and has since expanded into over a dozen games. Despite its success, Konami hasn't made a game for the franchise in awhile, and doesn't appear to have any desire to expand the series into comics, television shows, or the like.
The first Contra game I played was the NES port of the original in the late 1980s. I have beaten Contra and Super C on the NES and Operation C on the Game Boy, and have played all of the 8-bit and 16-bit games console ports, but haven't played much else, so my opinions are quite a bit out of date. While I used to really love the early games, I've grown less enamored with them over the years because they rely mostly on reflexes and level memorization, and have little in the way of depth or discovery.
|Contra III: The Alien Wars||1992-??-??|
|Contra: Hard Corps||1994-??-??|
|Contra: Legacy of War||1996-11-29|
|C: The Contra Adventure||1998-??-??|
|Contra: Shattered Soldier||2002-10-23|
|Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX||2002-11-07|
|Hard Corps: Uprising||2011-02-16|