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Insomnia ( )
With arcade-standard length and no password feature, Shatterhand is clearly designed to be beat in a single sitting with a single continue, when the player's skill eventually permits it. After beating the game, it can be extremely fun to go back and experiment with different strategies: seeing how fast you can go, how far you can get strictly as a pugilist without health recharges, or taking risks with the satellites by deliberately crashing them into enemies, and so on. An outstanding achievement, untarnished by age.Dec 13th, 2009 · NES · read review
Shatterhand is simple in concept yet very challenging. The game offers limited continues and a slick high score screen. Last but not least, the music is pure 8-bit gold. Shatterhand's gameplay doesn't diverge much from the standard formula, but its superb execution makes this one of my favorite NES games.Apr 3rd, 2010 · NES · read review
GamePro (US) (5 out of 5)
Shatterhand's rock 'em, sock 'em action leaves all those other NES slug-it-out carts in a crippled heap. Take yourself to the brink once again and try your hand at Shatterhand.Nov 1991 · NES
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library ( )
While the degree of difficulty is high in certain areas, the amount of nice touches on display here and nice variety in the selectable levels, including spots with elevators and reverse-gravity, push this title above most others in the genre.2016 · NES
Retro Game Age (9 out of 10)
So where did the Natsume that could create games like this go? I won’t bemoan the fact that they milk the Harvest Moon cow in order to make money but it’s a shame they can’t balance their output with games like this, especially when they were so good at it. It’s a shame this went under the radar but being a late 1991 release it’s understandable. Don’t let that stop you from trying out one of the NES finest action games.Apr 20th, 2011 · NES · read review
Classic-games.net (9 out of 10)
What a game. Natsume were the unsung powerhouse of NES action games back in the day and I wish they still made titles like this. Shatterhand is not only just a phenomenal game, it’s one of the top ten action games for the system in my opinion.Jan 22nd, 2018 · NES · read review
Shatterhand is based on a live-action television series in Japan called “Super Rescue Solbrain.” The original Famicom version – entitled Tokkyuu Shirei Soul Brain –actually stars a robot instead of a man with a strong shatter hand. This makes a lot of sense, given the protagonist’s insane strength. The game is probably fun in either incarnation, but strangely, I think the American version is the more ridiculous of the two, at least in conception. After playing a million and a half action platformers on the NES, very few stand out as fresh or original. Shatterhand is different, and you should totally play it.May 15th, 2013 · NES · read review
That Gaming Site (8 out of 10)
While Shatterhand lacks any truly mind blowing innovations, it is a solid and fun game with a cool hero and intense action platforming. Don't let its relative obscurity keep you from picking it up!Sep 30th, 2009 · NES · read review
Quebec Gamers (8 out of 10)
Shatterhand est un jeu d'action solide sur tous les niveaux dans les plus beaux sur NES, mais il manque grandement de personnalité.Sep 21st, 2006 · NES · read review
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (32 out of 40)
The graphics are well done, the control is excellent, and the music rocks! I hope to see more titles like this.Sep 1991 · NES
Shatterhand is a solid title with some great ideas and gameplay that combines elements from Ninja Gaiden (1989, NES) and Mega Man (1987, NES). While the level design is a bit uninspired, the interesting combat, power-ups and enemy types make up for it and ensure that the action always remains highly engaging.Sep 7th, 2016 · NES · read review
Hardcore Gaming 101 (8 out of 10)
Shatterhand is actually a very enjoyable side-scrolling game. It manages to be tough without being too frustrating, and it's not a short game by any means either. The premise is interesting and the robots add an innovative twist to the game. If you like good ol' bash-em-in action, check this one out!2000 · NES · read review
Nintendo Power Magazine (3.6 out of 5)
Shatterhand comes to the NES from Jaleco and was developed by Natsume and it is a great action game! With graphics and play similar to S.C.A.T. and Shadow of the Ninja and a variety of unique features, Shatterhead has tough action that promises to provide a challenge even for action game experts!Oct 1991 · NES
Video Games (70 out of 100)
Cooles Spiel für Action- und Jump'n'Ru- Fans: Wer Mega Man nicht mehr sehen kann und zur Abwechslung einen echten Helden spielen möchte kommt mit dem stahlharten Shatterhand auf seine Kosten.Nov 1992 · NES · read review
All Game Guide ( )
If you're a platform game fan who can find this game somewhere for a buck or two you might find it to be a worthwhile investment. But casual fans and those who have tired of the NES, even for nostalgic reasons, probably have better ways to spend their time.1998 · NES · read review
by Apogee IV (2310)
For some reason, Shatterhand is barely remembered today, which is a pity since it really is an excellent side-scrolling action game.
What I really like about Shatterhand is the certain kind of flow that the game has. There's something about it that drives you forward; it makes you want to progress and beat the crap out of everything that stands in your way. One of the contributing factors is without doubt the music. Seriously one of the best NES soundtracks I have ever heard. The tunes are fast paced, but totally memorable and catchy, and they the game perfectly.
The level design also plays a large role into making Shatterhand such as satisfying game to play. There's always a sense of reward when you get past obstacles and sub-bosses. Also, it never gets stale or predictable. There's plenty of surprises in the game that will keep you focused. While the game is sort of simple it nonetheless has some cool features, such as the satellite droids, which makes it stand a part from other games in the genre.
I also really like the fact that once you complete the first stage you can select which stages you want to play.
One the things that bugs me a bit about Shatterhand is the fact that you sometimes can't get a sense of how far into a level you have progressed.
Perhaps it is also a bit short, but the skill level is fairly high, so it's not like you can just waltz through the game.
The Bottom Line
While not groundbreaking or particularly innovating, Shatterhand is a superb, addictive and extremely well made game. Definitely a cult game for those in the know.
Dec 5th, 2005 · NES
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