3D Gunstar Heroes (3DS) Review

One of the best shooters just got better.

Adding to the Sega 3D Classics list, Gunstar Heroes drops on the 3DS. One of the best side scrolling shooters to come out, it adds not only 3D support, but multiple different options for both controls and game play.

Originally released in 1993, Gunstar Heroes has players running, jumping, and shooting enemies in multiple levels while taking on giant bosses using different types of guns. Players can collect other types from drops and utilize two kinds at one time. This changes up how to approach a certain situation, and adds a lot to the overall game.

Platforms: 3DS
MSRP: $5.99
Price I’d pay: $5.99
Multiplayer: 2 player local play (must have another copy of the game)

In 3D Gunstar Heroes, the player can set the game to classic or gunslinger mode. In gunslinger mode, players have all the weapons at the beginning and can utilize whatever they want. On top of that, there is a Mega Life Mode added that increases the player’s life from the beginning, which allowed me to get even farther in the game. Still, it’s not an easy feat.

The 3D actually works really well on the 3DS. Even though the game may not have top notch graphics, the way the 3D is handled is superb. The levels already had a 3D feel to them, and with the 3DS it makes them pop even better. This is one of the few titles I actually didn’t mind turning the 3D on for.

The options don’t stop there. There is even an option of try out different emulations that make it recreate the old monitor look, allow for playing the International or Japanese versions, and alternate aiming modes for either 8-piont stationary aiming or the classic “Contra style” aiming.

The local multiplayer is even here, with a friend that owns the game being able to join in on a game through 3DS local play. It really is fully featured. The only drawback I can see is there is no widescreen option. Sad, when the game looks and plays fantastically and is slightly hindered in 4:3 ratio, but it’s not a deal breaker.

Gunstar Heroes was and still is a great game. Treasure’s classic has become even friendlier and fun with developer M2’s wonderful port. If you’re into the old school side scrolling shooters like Contra and Metal Slug, this is a game that needs to be played, and the 3DS version is the best one to do that.
Review copy of game provided by publisher.

  • Fun gameplay
  • Tons of options
  • Nice 3D effects
  • No widescreen option
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