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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 Game Gear Continue screen.
Gunstar Heroes Genesis where'd he go?
Gunstar Heroes Windows First boss
Gunstar Heroes Genesis this beats snowboarding!

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Alternate Titles

  • "Gunstar Heroes Classic" -- iOS and Android release title
  • "3D Gunstar Heroes" -- Nintendo 3DS title
  • "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 Genesis Martin Smith (78234)
Did I Miss Something? Genesis Liam Dowds (51)
Gunstar! GUNSTAR!! GUNSTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRR!!!!!! Genesis Satoshi Kunsai (2074)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Genesis Feb, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Nov, 1993 36 out of 40 90
Gamestyle Wii Mar 28, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Mean Machines Game Gear Feb, 1996 85 out of 100 85
Play Time Genesis Oct, 1993 85 out of 100 85
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Xbox 360 Jul 24, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Touch Arcade iPad Dec 21, 2017 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
AppSafari iPhone Oct 28, 2011 4 out of 5 80
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Genesis May 03, 2004 6 out of 10 60
App Spy iPad Nov 24, 2010 3 out of 5 60


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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

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