Oh Dear, Contra: Operation Galuga’s Physical Edition Is A Download Code In A Box

Oh Dear, Contra: Operation Galuga’s Physical Edition Is A Download Code In A Box

Update: Limited Run will publish on cartridge in the US

Contra Physical
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Update [Wed 6th Dec, 09:15 GMT]:

It’s been announced that Limited Run Games will be publishing a physical edition of Contra: Operation Galuga in North America. The good news for collectors is that WayForward has confirmed to us that this version will indeed contain the full game on a cartridge.

For everyone else, you might need to import if you’re dead set on a complete physical edition.

Original Article [Tue 5th Dec, 11:30 GMT]:

Physical enthusiasts, you may want to sit down for this one.

It looks like Konami’s Contra: Operation Galuga, developed by WayForward Technologies, will not have a proper physical edition on the Nintendo Switch. That is to say that boxed copies of the game will include a download code instead of a cartridge, as confirmed by a listing on Amazon UK.

Well gosh darn it. This will no doubt prove a frustrating decision for Contra fans and Switch collectors alike, and we can only assume that Konami simply isn’t willing to fork out the cash necessary to fit the game onto an appropriate cartridge. How large Operation Galuga will be is unknown at this time, but we can’t imagine it’s going to be a huge title based on the information we have so far.

It’s not the first time Konami has pulled something like this, either. The recently released Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 did offer a physical cartridge on Switch, but the only games included as standard were Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, and the bonus NES games. Users were required to download all three Metal Gear Solid games, which were arguably the main draw for many potential buyers.

Disappointing news, to be sure. The upside is that the game itself is at least looking mighty fine indeed. Konami just recently released a brand new trailer showcasing direct gameplay footage, introducing characters like Lucia, Ariana, and Probotector.

What do you make of this decision from Konami? Will you opt for a digital copy of the game, or has this put you off buying it entirely? Let us know with a comment down below.

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Ollie Reynolds

Nintendo Life’s resident horror fanatic, when he’s not knee-deep in Resident Evil and Silent Hill lore, Ollie likes to dive into a good horror book while nursing a lovely cup of tea. He also enjoys long walks and listens to everything from Motorhead to BB King.

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