So, I'm about halfway through the second episode, and so far I am digging the hell out of this game.
The first trial with Mia was a lot more involved than I thought a tutorial chapter would be, and young Phoenix was quite hilarious. I've heard WONDERFUL things about the fifth episode, too, so there's that to look forward to playing.
I like Super C being available, but I too remember it being way too hard. I played it for a bit back in the day, got frustrated, and then went right back to the 30 life Contra. Of course I picked up Metroid Prime 3: