I'd like to think the announcement of a new 2D, side-scrolling Contra game warrants greater fanfare than a simple product listing posted quietly on Konami Japan's site, but then I'd also like to think I'm not a rapidly aging NES fan still living in the '80s.
Anyway, that's exactly what's happened with Contra Rebirth, which you can see a few screenshots of below. The game will be hitting WiiWare in Japan next Tuesday for 1,000 points ($10), and will apparently have two-player play of some kind.
You know, this doesn't look so graphically complex; couldn't they have made this a DSiWare game instead? That service is desperate for some kind of meaningful content. Maybe old-school Contra just isn't that big a deal these days.