Okay, I really just like looking at games and movies from the perspective of the bad guys. It's very rare that a villain will truly find themselves to be the bad guy. Most everyone thinks what they're doing is right (or at least a compulsion they can't really control), and trying to see it from their eyes makes for an interesting perspective on situations.

But anyway, the Contra series. This series is hard. It's one of the harder series ever to grace the NES. it's up there with the Ghouls and Ghosts series (especially if you didn't use the famous Konami Code to gain 30 lives).

Of course, it's also really fun. Bullet Hell shoot'em ups do have some merit.
 
    

When evil spreads across the land, and darkness rises and the monsters roam. When the creatures of the night make beautiful music, and the things that go bump in the night go bump with greater enthusiasm. When the world is in peril and is in need of a hero...

These guys are, sadly, the best the world can hope for. These are the adventures of the heroes of CVRPG. They mean well, they try hard, and occasionally they do the impossible...

They actually do something heroic.