- Debut: 1986
While Konami made a lot of the early 1980s and 1990s arcade games you know and love, Contra is considered to be one of their best. It first came out in arcades back in 1986 and was then ported to the Super Nintendo by 1988. However, due to the wild success it had in arcades, most kept it around throughout the 1990s. Making it a game that gamers would pay money to play in spite of the home console version. Contra was a simple run-and-gun shooter. Some of the characters had a Rambo vibe about them, with similar attire to the famous character. It made sense, as Rambo was a huge 1980s film series. Plus, this game offered a unique opportunity to play in standard or a pseudo-30 view. Where you could get pretty immersed in the early gaming world.