When I was a kid I remember Contra being a pretty big deal. Y'know all the usual Contra memories - the Konami Code being passed along on the playground and so on. But oddly, I can't really remember playing the sequel which was stupidly called "Super C" instead of "Contra 2." I definitely played the heck out of Operation C (another stupid title) on Game Boy. But Super C? I'm not so sure.
So I went ahead and added this one to my Virtual Console library on Wii U. As much fun as collecting old carts can be, I must say that Wii U is my preferred place to play these old games. You can organize the games into neat little folders arranged by console; you can play them on TV or the gamepad; you can remap the buttons (something that the Switch's Online NES and SNES games still don't let you do!); and of course, save states.
The Contra games aren't exactly "horror," but their homage (read: ripping off of) the Alien and Predator series definitely feels like it brushes up against horror. So it felt kind of fitting for October.
I'll be honest, though... run and gun games really don't seem to scratch the same itch that they used to for me. So I put in the ten-lives code, and figured it'd be fun for a night of mindless shooting. And it was. Mostly. The running and gunning still play about as smoothly as I recalled. Deaths definitely felt like they were MY fault and not due to unfair game design.
But is it fun for me? Eh, just kinda. I just don't get the same thrill out of these games as I did when I was younger. It feels like I just don't really care enough to get good at this. So instead I die a lot. Because I AM NOT GOOD at this. So instead I'm stuck in this loop of (A) get power-up, (B) die, (C) lose power-up and have to play further under-powered. It feels kind of like Gradius in that regard. It would probably be really rewarding if I wanted to like, memorize the level layout and keep at it... but I don't.
I think I made it to the sixth stage with my three continues. Not impressive. Oh, but I did enjoy those overhead levels like in Operation C. Those were pretty fun. Anyway, chalk this one up to another old NES game that I respect and can have some fun with for a sitting, but it's not something I'm really into and would want to spend a whole lot of time with actually improving or progressing. Oh well.