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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.
- ガンスターヒーローズ - Japanese spelling
Credits (Genesis version)
14 People (10 developers, 4 thanks)
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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.
- Electronic Gaming Monthly
- November 1993 (Issue #52) – Game of the Month (Genesis version)* Retro Gamer
- October 2004 (Issue #9) – #50 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Pirou Julien
Related Sites +
Gunstar Heroes For The Sega Genesis
Fanpage for the popular Treasure platform adventure/shooter.
X360A achievement guide
X360A's achievement guide for Gunstar Heroes.
- MobyGames ID: 6581
- Steam App: 71117
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Game added by Satoshi Kunsai.
Android, iPad added by GTramp. Nintendo 3DS added by Michael Cassidy. Nintendo Switch added by Kam1Kaz3NL77. iPhone added by Sciere. Macintosh, Arcade, Linux added by Foxhack. PlayStation 3 added by Doppelgamer. Windows added by lights out party. Game Gear added by Игги Друге. Xbox 360 added by Ben K. Wii added by phlux.
Additional contributors: J. Michael Bottorff, Guy Chapman, chirinea, Alaka, Patrick Bregger, Starbuck the Third, GTramp, FatherJack, Harmony♡.
Last modified March 5th, 2023.