3. Spreader – Contra (1987)
When defeating alien forces in the far ends of a South American island, you can bet every one of your 8-bits that heavy artillery is needed. Thankfully, the Spreader rifle was a pretty resourceful upgrade. Spewing out a 45-degree round of shots, the Spreader was definitely no joke for anyone on the receiving end of those red bullets. Also, you weren’t destroying that big machine at the end of Level 1 without it.