I shall be honest, contra got dumped today, haven't played much of it.
to keep myself from getting very far at all, I vow to only play it on hard mode until I buy the game once released here
that said, the game has been very awesome so far, 7.5/10 for the graphics is way too low, has really smooth animations and lot's of cool subtle subpixel animation to the bushes etc.
I know contra is serious business to a lot of members here and also in the literal sense, so I just want to reiterate that I will buy the game
and if you're interested, the contra4 dump topic over at gbatemp is already up to 8 pages, everyone loves it, most have said they will be buying the game, some convincing their friends to also buy, and lots of "wayforward did an amazing job"s