contra: hard corps is a parade of bosses and brilliant setpieces, possibly the most memorable title in the contra series and probably one of the most satisfying games on the genesis. while the mega drive version gives players a life bar, the western release reverted to one-hit kills. this decision was undeniably for the best.

this no-miss video achieves a secret ending early in the game, via the "go after deadeye joe" route, and does so without taking a single hit. if you have not located this secret ending, you should consider it a spoiler. my final score is 120,549.