Released: Mar 1987

  • Arcade
  • C64
  • NES
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Contra Cheats, Codes & Secrets

Last Updated on Nov 12, 2023

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.

Contra Cheats For NES

30 Lives - Contra Cheat

Start the game with 30 lives, this is also known as the Konami code, Contra code, or Contra cheat. 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".

Steal Life From Other Player

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.

Shoot Higher While Ducking

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.

Hard Difficulty

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.

Contra Game Genie Codes

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
Infinite Lives SLAIUZ
Invincibility SLTIYG
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
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