Tough. Beastly. Hardcore.
Those are only a few of the epithets leveled at Contra 3 for the SNES. This was the action packed sequel that made the most of the SNES’ capabilities using rotation, layered backdrops, sharper graphics, special effects, and a thumping soundtrack that kept pace with the Michael Bay-sized explosions and bosses. I loved this game when I played it and the co-op only made a great game even better.
It also has some of the craziest stages and bosses ever. There was the giant turtle boss at the start, the human terminator the size of a house, and a Sarlacc pit thing. One of the stages also has you hanging on missiles after jumping onto them from a hovercycle, and while hanging on said missiles, fighting a boss. It’s digital adrenaline.
So a game this big, especially in being a Contra game on the SNES with all of that Mode 7 goodness, needed an ad just as large. Three pages large.