When it comes down to run and gun titles for the NES there is no doubt that Super Contra and Mega Man II were major titles for the 8 bit game consoles. The cool thing about Super Contra was the fact that it was also a multiplayer game where players had to complete various side scrolling levels with Bill and Lance. Unlike Mega Man, II, Super Contra had received an arcade release and was arguably one of the hottest run and gun titles that Konami had developed during the late 80’s. This is not to say that Capcom’s Mega Man II was not that impressive as well. Mega Man II was not only challenging but it also had a memorable soundtrack and tough boss battles.
In terms of sales Mega Man II was more successful than its prequel which was released back in December 1987. On the NES Mega Man II had managed to sell over 1.5 million copies and is considered to be one of the best selling Mega Man titles in the series overall. In terms of popularity its highly debatable which title was more popular considering the fact that Capcom and Konami were both making awesome games during the late 80’s-early 90’s time period. Some would give the edge to Super Contra due to its high replay value and multiplayer gameplay. Others would argue that Mega Man II was more challenging and was a cult hit since its release back in the late 80’s.