Sunset Riders

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Sunset Riders
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Konami
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Sound driver: Konami/Hyperstone Heist
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
£39.9939.99[4][2] T-95026-50
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive

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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. This port was heavily remixed in terms of stage layout. The small rom size likely made a true to source arcade port impossible.


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; A is used for stationary fire and B is used to fire and walk at the same time, 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.

Similar to often used practise in arcades, the game punishes players who stay in same spot for far too long, as the bird will fly on top of the screen and then swoop down at you. You can jump over it.

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.


The game supports multiplayer for 2 players, which is less than on Arcade version, on same screen both in cooperative mode and competitive one.

To play competitive mode, just select "Versus" mode. The game will be played in few rounds, arenas changing slightly. Each player has a health bar and much lower rate of fire than in normal game, while a bird periodically coming in to drop extra items. Players have to shoot each other down in this mode.

To play cooperative mode you can either select "2 Players" mode or start the "1 Player" game and press  START  on controller of the second player. Though the first method is preferable, as it doesn't take away a continue point. There is no friendly fire and continue points are shared.

However, due to a bug, if both players have Six Button Control Pad then "Versus" and "2 Players" modes will not be selectable, despite being highlighted in menu. Another player can still join during "1 Player" mode play. Hold  MODE  button when booting up the system to switch to 3 button mode and fix this issue.

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
In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Sunset Riders/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Sunset Riders/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
Consoles + (FR)
Cool Gamer (RU)
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 3 (RU)
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
GameFan (US)
Game Power (IT)
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
Game Informer (US) NTSC-U
Joypad (FR) PAL
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
Mega (UK) PAL
Mega Action (UK) PAL
Mega Force (FR)
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
MegaTech (UK) PAL
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
Player One (FR)
Play Time (DE)
Power Play (DE)
Sega Power (UK) PAL
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
Sega Force (UK) PAL
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
Todo Sega (ES)
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
30 reviews

Sunset Riders

Mega Drive, US
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Sunset Riders MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, FR

Sunset Riders MD FR Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, PT
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Mega Drive, SE (rental)

Technical Information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 ac30c297
MD5 19cdf861c543f9c9cd9c8b6b70adeb1c
SHA-1 b40ea5b00f477d7b7448447f15b4c571f5e8ff0d
512kB 1992-12 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0ff33054
MD5 cc60b5cd7295df626d81a3ecd30c4133
SHA-1 4a4f2cf397ade091e83e07bb3ffc7aa5862aeedd
512kB 1993-03 Cartridge (EU)


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