Sunset Riders

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Sunset Riders
Sunset Riders
Publisher: Konami

Developer: Konami

System(s): Sega Mega Drive

ROM Size: 512KB

Genre: Action

Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive US 1993 $? T-95026
Sega Mega Drive EU 1993 £? T-95026-50
Sega Mega Drive AU 1993 $?  ?

Sunset Riders is a 1991 arcade run-and-gun by Konami, ported to the Sega Mega Drive and SNES in 1992 and released only in the US and Europe in 1993.

You play as one of two (reduced from four in the arcade version) American Old West bounty hunters, Billy and Cormano, who seek rewards for catching bandits and saving girls. Billy is armed with a peacemaker and Cormano with a shotgun that fires rather large shots; both use A and B to fire, and both can collect various weapon upgrades along the way.

Aiming is done in the traditional Konami fashion (hold D-pad buttons diagonally to move while firing diagonally, hold Up to shoot straight up, hold Left and Right to shoot straight ahead while moving, or hold Down to shoot straight ahead while crouching). C jumps; you can latch on to ledges and climb up, pressing Down+C to get back down. Down+C and either Left or Right slides. Score is measured as currency; each gold coin is worth $200, while larger red coins with dollar signs on them are worth $2000. You will lose $1000 for dying, and you die with one or two hits.

There is also a "Versus" mode, which is nothing more than the two players meleeing with a bird periodically coming in to drop extra items.

Note that the guns are removed from the PAL box! This is also done on the SNES PAL version. A case of the Sega Europe censorship and strict German laws probably.

Production Credits

Program: K.Toyohara, K.Endoh
Graphic Design: H.Matsuda, N.Takemoto
Sound Design: M.Ikariko, H.Inoue
Package Design: M.Yoshihashi
Special Thanks: I.Akada, AC Team

Promotional Material

Physical Scans

Sega Mega Drive 77 Sega Retro Average
Based on 16 reviews
Publication Score Source
Consoles + 68 №19, p112/113
GameFan 94
GamesMaster 60 №4, p52/53
Game Power 71
High Score 60
Mega Drive Advanced Gaming 82 №9, p62/63
Mega 79 №8, p44/45
Mega Action 82 №1, p38
MegaTech 87 №16, p38/39/40
Mean Machines Sega 84 №7, p68-70File:MeanMachinesSega07UK.pdf
Player One 65 №30, p98
Power Unlimited 80
Sega Power 68 №42, p42/43
Sega Pro 87 №18, p24/25
Sega Force (UK) 86 №19, p70-72File:SegaForce19UK.pdf
Sega Zone (UK) 84 №6, p36/37/38
Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU
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