On a little freeware shoot 'em up game called Eden's Edge, I recently discovered, after 1CCing the highest difficulty, that there is a hidden, even higher level of difficulty beyond that! And that mode has an extra final boss after the original that completely outclasses anything else in the game.
Time for more practicing, I guess.
That's the great thing about shmups: just when you manage to do the impossible, they throw an even harder challenge at you, forcing you beyond your limits yet again. Beating these games gives you a real
sense of accomplishment: because they took that much time and were just that ****ed hard!