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DescriptionOnce 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 Classic" -- iOS and Android release title
- "3D Gunstar Heroes" -- Nintendo 3DS title
- "ガンスターヒーローズ" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Groups
- Console Generation Exclusive: Sega Genesis
- Game Center CX challenge games
- Genre: Side scrolling run and gun
- Gunstar Heroes series
- SEGA Forever series
- SEGA Vintage Collection series
|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)|
|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||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 GamesThe Mega Drive version of Gunstar Heroes appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
ExtrasThe U.S. version of the game came with one free Fruit Roll-Up.
ReferencesMost 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)
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Genesis Credits (14 people)
10 developers, 4 thanks
Mitsuru Yaida (Yaiman)Enemies Programmer:
Hideyuki Suganami (1993/NAMI)Treasure Logo Programmer:
Kazuhiko Ishida (König Ishida)Cool Character Creator:
Tetsuhiko Kikuchi (HAN)Background Art:
Hiroshi Iuchi (IUCHI 6)Music by:
Norio Hanzawa (N. Hanzawa)Sound Design:
Satoshi Murata (S. Murata)Special Thanks:
Masato Maegawa (M. Maegawa)Presented by: