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Contra - Energy Zone Boss by Elemental79 Contra - Energy Zone Boss by Elemental79
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For this project I decided to start with the 8-bit Nintendo game Contra and up the resolution to 9600x5400 pixels.

The Nintendo game Contra was one of the more popular NES games about some guys who looked like Rambo trying to defeat some aliens on an island. Or at least that is what I think it was about.

I tried to match the style of the game as close as possible, but took some creative liberties where I thought it really needed it.

I figured the Level 6 boss, who I think is a robot, would be the coolest looking boss. The last boss is a giant heart and that seems too easy. The other bosses are not really characters.

The project took 25 hours to complete over the course of 6 days.

The original image is 9600x5400 pixels and stored in 3 PSD files.
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kreeper910 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
This is really awesome! I just have one minor critique: the spread should have 5 projectiles per shot, not 4. Other than that, fantastic job! My inner child thanks you. :)
MeleeSonic32X Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just watched the video again- dude you rock!
LivingArtifact Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Feels like a high definition version of Contra, you did one very good job on this =)
sladex23 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Amazinga man!!!
Orindoomhammer Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
the games were pixelated and bland compared to todays games but when i played them this is pretty much how i saw them back in the day awesome job on all your art
Sledge3 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
So this is what people can do with Photoshop.
ClaudioTurcovich Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so perfect!
kulcik Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
you should make remake!
VICTOX Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Это просто ВВВВВААААААААУУУУУУУУУУУУУУ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:headbang: 
Mrlolipop122 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Tu kul

Jurticee Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
one day even this art will bring konami to make the remake of contra ,very imperesive pic dude.guess it take more than an hour right?
Toxic-Eros Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
very cool
M-Wicz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Mindblowing dude!
jlsgraphics Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Holy crap, totally amazing! I would love to see Bubble Bobble or Donkey Kong Country (which is already pretty awesome, graphically speaking :) Great work!
stako Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! I wish there was a real remake that looked like this!
mallo15 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Woah... Very cool! I still don't know what the purple thing is... very well!
AxelArts Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoaah... this is AWESOMEE!!!
But the Backgroud should be in Underground.
Because Level 6 is Energy Zone. Which that level are in underground.
You can check it in Gryzor, a Japanese version of Contra.
SuperSonicRaver Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
This is amazing! It's both realistic but looks so much like the game still that it freaks my brain out a little! Good work.
Niseki Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
awesome work! and i am agree with guy who say that you should do the alien wall boss from waterfall stage
Lillito-san Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Photographer
Excellent...!!! (y)
BANESBOX Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Elemental, this is so impressive, I used it as my custom Contra arcade control panel artwork.

Love it.
TanksterInnovations Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist
WOW!!! you are on my top artists List from now on!!
art-hoarder Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Up up down down left right left right b a select start. Funnest game ever. Nice work
King1cheetah Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Amazing game and art
ArgenGeek Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Amazing job!!!
illegalHugs Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
This is amazing, and awesome. Thank you.
RJC1337 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Artist
For those wondering, this boss's name is called the "god soldier". Nice job on it!

And that "waterfall alien"? It's called the "entrance guardian". What strange names.
JNRedmon Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
:stare: WOW.
guitarsword15 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, so slick
trizero91489 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
the manly about Contra game that it's hard because you start with 3 lives no continues or maybe it's the other way around.
Snearone Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Incredible, just incredible.
PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I like how you made the player character look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, like on the cover. ^^
Gimaldinov Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
osom work.
R-1chard Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Best Contra Boss by far... The Most energetic Contra level soundtrack... The Greatest Contra weapon of them all...
Finally the Most exciting game-art restoration idea i have seen here on DA...
Disthron Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I'd love to make a game with graphics like this.
Vo-dEvil Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
You are now my new god of arts...
Cepillo16 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Flawless work !
the-slappy Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
The only DeviantArt artist I've found that I respect. i want to kiss you
shadowbane2009 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
OMG :jawdrop: I must have been 7 years old when I first ever played this =D
KitGW Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
awesome work. what's next on the render agenda?
Prusux Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I Want to play it on RETINA !!!! AAARGH! Please start a KickStarter project and make this happen!:)
jingles001 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
videogameobsession Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I agree with Stalepie. Hard Corps artwork is all over the place. It has some nice animation with some horribly low detail polys mixed in.
A 2d remake with high res artwork like this would be amazing.

I would buy a Contra game that looks this good in a heartbeat (pun intended) :)
stalepie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
You do some good art. I wish you did Playstation games because this looks better than Hard Corps Uprising to m,e.
MeteoDesigns Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I hate fighting this damn robot guy, haha. Great job on the painting though!
drawallday Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013   Artist
Nice work!
Frostwolf223 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I dunno. I think the alien door thing at the top of the Waterfall in Stage 3 would make a pretty good one.
Elemental79 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
That sounds like a good future project.
TheEvilAvator Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
That boss might be an even better subject, since I believe it was a Nintendo exclusive, whereas the rest of the game will make people wonder why you didn't use the arcade original as a base.
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