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Contra on XBLA this week

400 points, includes co-op.

Microsoft has announced that this Wednesday's Xbox Live Arcade release will be Konami's classic shooter Contra, and it will cost 400 Microsoft points.

It'll be available to download from 8am GMT, as usual, and as well as the original single-player game there's eight levels of co-op to play over Live or on the same console.

Plus there'll be all the usual leaderboards, not to mention achievements to unlock, and a trial version for those of you who need some convincing.

Expect a review of that later in the week then, and don't forget that the 360 now includes an option to automagically download new Live Arcade trial versions when they're released - handy if you're forgetful.