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Genesis Gunstar Heroes

  • Platform: Genesis (Sega Genesis)
  • Abbreviation: GH
  • Display name: Gunstar Heroes
  • Goodtools name: Gunstar Heroes
  • In group: Gunstar Heroes

[Tier: Stars][Fastest Completion]Genesis Gunstar Heroes (USA) in 31:00.33 by Samsara.
BizHawk Movie (.bk2) (date: 2016-12-05)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 410.60 MB, length: 35:11)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (Compatibility) (size: 437.32 MB, length: 35:11)
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Submission #5297 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #945 (35:28.92)
Rating: 8.4 (11 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- 2 Players
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter
Award - Sega TAS of 2016
Gunstar Heroes (1993) is widely considered to be one of the best action games on the Sega Genesis, but, ironically, was commercially unsuccessful due to poor promotion. It features a variety of melee attacks, as well as 4 basic weapons which can be combined in pairs (making a total of 14 combinations) — all densely packed in a swift and explosion-heavy gameplay spanning over seven uniquely designed stages. The author takes special care to showcase all the moves the game is capable of, using every possible attack and having lots of fun playing around in autoscrolling sections.

This movie is a little under 4 and a half minutes faster than the previous one due to more aggressive boss fights and a new movement technique. See the author's comments for more details.

The encodes for this movie are also slightly larger than usual — this is due to an amount of colors and on-screen motion even the best codecs have problems coping with.

Total movies: 2


[Tier: Stars][Has commentary]Genesis Gunstar Heroes (USA) in 35:28.92 by arkiandruski.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2007-08-18)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 303.65 MB, length: 39:40)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (Compatibility) (size: 263.24 MB, length: 39:40)
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Submission #1645 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #133 (32:59.0)
Rating: 7.8 (38 votes)
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- Contains speed/entertainment tradeoffs
- 2 Players
- Takes damage to save time
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter

This movie has been obsoleted!

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Gunstar Heroes (1993) is widely considered to be one of the best action games on the Sega Genesis, but, ironically, was commercially unsuccessful due to poor promotion. It features a variety of melee attacks, as well as 4 basic weapons which can be combined in pairs (making a total of 14 combinations) — all densely packed in a swift and explosion-heavy gameplay spanning over seven uniquely designed stages. The author takes special care to showcase all the moves the game is capable of, using every possible attack and having lots of fun playing around in autoscrolling sections.

This movie is 3 minutes longer than the previous one due to playing on hardest difficulty and using both Gunstars at the same time. See the author's comments for more details.

The encodes for this movie are also slightly larger than usual — this is due to an amount of colors and on-screen motion even the best codecs have problems coping with.


arkiandruski has provided an audio commentary for this movie, available here. He watches his run's encode and speaks along, play back your own copy as you listen to him.

[Tier: Moons]Genesis Gunstar Heroes (USA) in 32:59.0 by Jackic.
Gens movie (.gmv) (date: 2004-07-20)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 220.83 MB, length: 37:03)
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Submission #45 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.5 (21 votes)
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- One player in a multiplayer game
- Genre: Platform
- Genre: Shooter

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Gunstar Heroes (1993) is widely considered to be one of the best action games on the Sega Genesis — ironically, being commercially unsuccessful due to poor promotion. It features a variety of melee attacks, as well as 4 basic weapons which you can combine in pairs (making a total of 14 combinations) — all densely packed in a swift and explosion-heavy gameplay spanning over seven uniquely designed stages.

This single-player run by Jackic plays through Normal difficulty. Among other changes, in Normal difficulty, weapons do more damage, and the boss of the second stage has fewer forms. For a two-player run on Expert difficulty, see this movie.


A 220 MB MKV has been provided as an Archive.org download link. The size of this MKV is slightly larger than usual — this is due to an amount of colors and on-screen motion even the best codecs have problems coping with.

#34355589980336298 - Gunstar Heroes - Orange
samstarheroesorange.bk2 (44.7kB bk2 movie [Genesis])
Uploaded 2016-10-17 04:42:18 by Samsara (54 files)
For Genesis Gunstar Heroes (8 files)
In 12:01.83 [43254 frames], 30973 rerecords)
3989 views, 340 downloads
Still absolutely destroying bosses. 3621 frames ahead.
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#34265382097253167 - Gunstar Heroes - Green
samstarheroes2.bk2 (35.5kB bk2 movie [Genesis])
Uploaded 2016-10-13 03:12:15 by Samsara (54 files)
For Genesis Gunstar Heroes (8 files)
In 08:40.64 [31198 frames], 25294 rerecords)
3962 views, 329 downloads
Thank Christ. 2541 frames ahead of the published run (42.35 seconds).
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#34217486415666546 - Better Gunstar Heroes
samstarheroes2.bk2 (31.1kB bk2 movie [Genesis])
Uploaded 2016-10-10 23:26:10 by Samsara (54 files)
For Genesis Gunstar Heroes (8 files)
In 07:30.38 [26988 frames], 20408 rerecords)
4006 views, 344 downloads
Gamegear Heroes got nothin' on this.
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#34071095023700796 - Progress is slow
samstarheroes.bk2 (24.4kB bk2 movie [Genesis])
Uploaded 2016-10-04 09:12:34 by Samsara (54 files)
For Genesis Gunstar Heroes (8 files)
In 06:03.87 [21804 frames], 15001 rerecords)
4058 views, 318 downloads
Backup. Partway through form 2 of 7.
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#33844134806722113 - i think i've got a minute left
gunstartestything3.bk2 (16.2kB bk2 movie [Genesis])
Uploaded 2016-09-24 03:54:00 by Samsara (54 files)
For Genesis Gunstar Heroes (8 files)
In 04:41.23 [16852 frames], 10236 rerecords)
4064 views, 316 downloads
Backing up Green again.
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#33533386527565130 - Scrollstar Heroes
gunstartestything3.bk2 (11.6kB bk2 movie [Genesis])
Uploaded 2016-09-10 04:01:43 by Samsara (54 files)
For Genesis Gunstar Heroes (8 files)
In 03:17.69 [11846 frames], 8853 rerecords)
4159 views, 293 downloads
Backing up first minute-ish of Green's stage because I'd really rather not lose everything and have to redo it.
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#33430219096898592 - Gunstar Heroes - Pink
gunstartestything3.bk2 (8.50kB bk2 movie [Genesis])
Uploaded 2016-09-05 12:31:13 by Samsara (54 files)
For Genesis Gunstar Heroes (8 files)
In 02:30.53 [9020 frames], 7640 rerecords)
4161 views, 325 downloads

718 frames (12 seconds) ahead of the published run. Most of the improvement comes from better boss/miniboss strategies.

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#33372555150178562 - still the best theme
gunstartestything3.bk2 (4.45kB bk2 movie [Genesis])
Uploaded 2016-09-02 22:11:40 by Samsara (54 files)
For Genesis Gunstar Heroes (8 files)
In 01:08.61 [4111 frames], 5369 rerecords)
4143 views, 289 downloads
boy howdy gosh and golly i love me some weapon management
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