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I just beat the original Contra on NES. After the ending credits finished scrolling, the game took me back to the first level, with the number of lives I had accumulated during play. Are there any differences in gameplay if you continue playing after beating the game, or is it just a big loop?

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I have beaten Contra during my childhood 2 times in a row, and i have noticed a little change. If you take a look at Gaming Forums, you will see reports that the game gets harder after beating.

LukeInside user reported after beating the 3rd time:

On the third round the amount of troopers is increased and their running/shooting speed is faster so watch out. I wonder how far can a player get before the game becomes unforgiving :) I'm on Snow level now and on third walkthrough. What are your experiences with that classic game?

User Damon Plus, reported that after the 5th time, things slow down a little on difficulty progression, but you will still see some hard to kill mobs:

I got 7 games straight through the game, and I finally died at the mid-boss of the 8th level. After about the 5th time, difficulty doesn't increase anymore, but if you die, you're screwed. Every boss takes forever to kill. I died because the flying yellow things he trows absorbed a lot more bullets that I could shoot before they overwhelmed me.

What we can get after reading this reports is that:

  • Bosses will need more damage to be killed;
  • Enemies that require more than 1 shot to kill, will need more damage to be killed;
  • Amount of enemies(specially troopers) will increase;
  • Shots will be faster;
  • Spawn points for troopers will be less predictable;
  • Max points is 6553500 and you will get at the 8th run(jonebone post);

Take a look at the following video: Contra After Beating the Game 100 (One Hundred) Times in a Row - Link is broken and i could not find any other streaming service with it uploaded, unfortunately.

You can see at this link what happens at the 8th loop of Nes Contra. Besides the quality of the video(7 years old) look at how much the difficulty increases. And at the 12th loop in the last stage, you can't kill the "flying scorpions(Bugger)" just by spamming shots while running through the stage.

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  • Video link not working for me.
    – joedragons
    May 15 '18 at 22:06
  • Not working for me too. Are you having an issue where it only shows an exclamation mark?
    – user65252
    May 15 '18 at 23:18
  • Yep, same issue here. I checked thinking it was work but other vids work for me, same problem at home.
    – joedragons
    May 16 '18 at 21:52
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    Tried to find this same video everywere but found no alternative on other hosting sites. Sorry :(
    – user65252
    May 23 '18 at 20:53
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    I actually made my comment in case you wanted to remove it=) I already +1ed you, good writeup.
    – joedragons
    May 23 '18 at 21:53

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