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Shatterhand is an action game with eight-direction scrolling. You control Shatterhand in his quest to find and defeat General Grover, leader of the Metal Command. Through the game you’ll encounter all kinds of mechanical and biomechanical creatures. Shatterhand’s primary weapon is his cybernetic fists and therefore most enemies must be defeated by punching them.

Additional help can be given from any of the eight hovering satellite robots, each of which has it’s own weapon that fires automatically when Shatterhand throws a punch. These satellite robots can be obtained by collecting combinations of alpha-beta letters that appear when you punch some of the white boxes that are scattered throughout each stage.

The game has seven stages. The first and the last must be played first and last respectively, but the five middle stages can be played in any order. The path to the final showdown with General Grover leads through a factory, a refinery, an anti-gravity research facility, a submarine, a burning subway, a filtration plant and finally to General Grover’s missile launch complex.


Shatterhand NES Smashing down an obstacle
Shatterhand NES Japanese version - gameplay. When we were kids we thought the protagonist was Robocop.
Shatterhand NES "That's why they call me Shatterhand!"
Shatterhand NES Dodging enemy fire

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Alternate Titles

  • "特救指令ソルブレイン" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Tokkyū Shirei Solbrain" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

Insomnia Dec 13, 2009 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic Apr 03, 2010 A 100 Jan 22, 2018 9 out of 10 90
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Retro Game Age Apr 20, 2011 9 out of 10 90 May 15, 2013 B+ 83
Hardcore Gaming 101 2000 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1991 32 out of 40 80
That Gaming Site Sep 30, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Nov, 1992 70 out of 100 70


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Kabushi (257508) added Shatterhand (NES) on Jul 15, 2004
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