Nice to open a topic about Contra.
I've been a fan of the (real) Contra series since NES, me and my brother can beat Contra 1 for NES with a single life I think.
And we thought we were actually prepared...
I can't believe how you managed to put so much love in this title. The music is nice, and the (little spoiler) difference between the first song in Normal and Hard = PRICELESS. The Challenge mode is something completely new in the classic Contra series, and really adds a lot of fun (I've only been able to beat half of it, it's really insane). Pixel work is amazing, and gameplay is fast-paced and even harder than many previous Contras, which says a lot of it. The best thing about this game is that you can't stop playing it, no matter how many times you lose.
Buy it. NOW. Don't forget to tell your friends to buy it since 2-players is how this game is meant to be played!