"But Dyson, is it really Contra? Yes. Contra 4 delivers the hardest challenge I've yet to deal with in any game since the original. Everything that you loved about Contra is in place: huge bosses, high degree of difficulty, a slew of weapons and the sheer manic pace of the original game is all here. Honestly, this game is so Contra (and by that, I mean incredibly f***ing hard) that an average player may shy away from the level of dexterity and skilled required to pass even the first level unscathed. It took me a good amount of time, lives, and a large amount of patience to do just that, and there were times in which I was so frustrated with the game's unforgiving (read: retro) play mechanics, that I almost threw my DS out the window – twice."