Destructoid writes: "Contra ReBirth will likely come off as a bit of a letdown for those going into the game expecting Contra 5. This isn't an extension of Contra 4, or even Contra 3. It's a gaiden game; a lower budgeted, high-fructose snack to tide you over between sequels. Still, there are a few things that the game does better than other titles in the series. It's the only Contra game I've played that's intentionally funny, and it seems to be completely aware of the full scope of the series' appeal. If Contra 4 was too frustrating for you, this could end up being your favorite Contra game of this decade. Fans of the series and the run-and-gun genre should pick this up without hesitation. Contra ReBirth is both a nice tribute for fans and the perfect place to start for those Contra virgins who've ever wondered what the series is all about".