Gunstar Heroes (Genesis)

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Once upon a time, Dr. Brown managed to defeat a mad android known as Golden Silver, who tried to suck out the energy of the planet G-9. Dr. Brown extracted four Mystical Gems, the android's power source, and sealed them on one of the planet's moons, where it was guarded by the four Gunstar siblings. However, years later, a dictator named Smash Daisaku kidnapped Gunstar Green and brainwashed him into telling him where the Mystical Gems were. The dictator is now close to reactivating Golden Silver. The Gunstar twins Red and Blue, guided by their sister Yellow, must find a way to stop Smash Daisaku - but they know that their older brother is on that way...

Gunstar Heroes is a fast-paced side-scrolling shooter. Controlling either Red or Blue Gunstar, the player has access to four basic weapons: Force, rapid shot; Lightning, a straight shot that penetrates enemies; Chaser, a homing weapon; and Flame, a powerful close-ranged. The player can combine two weapons to produce a new one, for a total of fourteen weapons. It is also possible to use melee attacks and moves such as grabbing and tossing enemies, jumping, and sliding.


Gunstar Heroes Genesis It's all about blasting these suckers to Kingdom Come!!
Gunstar Heroes Genesis Get over there!
Gunstar Heroes Genesis where'd he go?
Gunstar Heroes Genesis The title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "ガンスターヒーローズ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A truly stunning action game, with surprises and magic at every turn Martin Smith (63030) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Did I Miss Something? Liam Dowds (51) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
Gunstar! GUNSTAR!! GUNSTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRR!!!!!! Satoshi Kunsai (1810) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamesFirst! Feb 20, 2006 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GamePro (US) Feb, 1994 5 out of 5 100
OJGames Jul 13, 2005 95 out of 100 95
Shin Force Jul 23, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Player One Nov, 1993 94 out of 100 94
The Video Game Critic Jan 04, 2006 A- 91 Sep 04, 2009 9 out of 10 90 (GAF) Apr 21, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Netjak Jan 16, 2008 8.3 out of 10 83
Mega Fun Sep, 1993 80 out of 100 80


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1001 Video Games

The Mega Drive version of Gunstar Heroes appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The U.S. version of the game came with one free Fruit Roll-Up.


Most bosses of the game are in fact "borrowed" for famous movies, anime or video games. For instance, Colonel Red is Vega from Street Fighter II (aka "Bison" in US version), Pink and her two hunchmen are the Gladys gang from the anime Fushigi no Umi no Nadia (The secret of blue water), the Emperor is a clone of Darth Vader, and you'll also meet a copy of Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z...

About Pink, you'll also notice that the jewel she tries to steal is similar to the "blue water" jewel from Nadia.


  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #50 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Pirou Julien

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