Released: Mar 1987
This page contains cheats, hints, Easter eggs, secrets, and tips for Contra. We will continually update this page when we come across more useful cheats and tips.
Start the game with 30 lives, this is also known as the Konami code or the Contra code. On the title screen, press Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start. If you did this correctly, when you start a new game you will see that it says "Rest 30".
If you are playing on 2 Player and you run out of lives, you can steal some of theirs. To accomplish this, hold down A + B and you will return back to life by using one of theirs.
To shoot higher while ducking you will need someone to use controller 2 while you're playing 1 Player. While ducking on Player 1, have someone hold up on the second controller. Your character will be ducked but your bullets will fly at a normal height.
Once you beat the game, it will loop over but this time it will be on a harder difficulty. You will start with the weapon you had last and whatever amount of lives you had remaining.
The following cheat codes are for Game Genie. These can be used on a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) with a Game Genie device or you can use these on any emulator that supports Game Genie Codes. If you want a Game Genie Device, you can always check on Amazon for one.
|Cheat Effect||Cheat Code|
|30 Lives For Player 1 And Player 2||IPVGZGZE|
|Black And White Mode||OZNKTASX + YPNKYEVN|
|Enemies Shoot More Often||SPTAAN|
|Extra Life When You Die||NYAIUZ|
|Extra Lives From Killing Enemies||GITTEO|
|Keep Weapons After Losing A Life||GXIIUX|
|Killing Enemies Gives More Points||SXZGYK|
|Start New Life With Fireball Gun||ZEIIXZ|
|Start New Life With Laser||GEIIXZ|
|Start New Life With Machine Gun||PEIIXZ|
|Start New Life With Spread Gun||LEIIXZ|
|Walk On Water||SLOVIA|
|Weapon Capsules Move Slower||OIKEAU|