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The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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Vote up the best video games in the run and gun genre.

This is a list of the best run and gun games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated run and gun games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest run and gun games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these run and gun games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging run and gun games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new run and gun games.

The list you're viewing is made up of games like Contra and Moon Patrol.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best run and gun games?" and "What is the greatest run and gun game of all time?"
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  • Metal Slug X
    1
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    • Developer: Nazca Corporation, SNK Playmore
    • Platform: Arcade game, PlayStation
  • Metal Slug
    2
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    • Developer: Nazca Corporation, SNK Playmore
    • Platform: Neo Geo CD, PlayStation, Wii, Sega Saturn, Arcade game
  • Metal Slug 3
    3
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    • Developer: Nazca Corporation, Noise Factory, SNK Playmore
    • Platform: Xbox, PlayStation 2, Wii, Arcade game, iPhone
    • Developer: Konami
    • Platform: Sega Mega Drive
  • Contra
    5
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    1987
    • Developer: Konami
    • Platform: ZX Spectrum, DOS, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Cuphead
    6
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    • Developer: StudioMDHR
    • Platform: Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, macOS, Nintendo Switch
  • Gunstar Heroes
    7
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    • Developer: Treasure Co. Ltd, M2
    • Platform: Sega Game Gear, Wii, Sega Mega Drive, PlayStation 2
  • Sunset Riders
    8
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    • Developer: Konami
    • Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Arcade game, Sega Mega Drive
    • Developer: Konami
    • Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Wii, Nintendo Super System, Game Boy Advance
  • Shock Troopers
    10
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    • Developer: Saurus
    • Platform: Arcade game
  • Super Contra
    11
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    Jan 01 1988
    • Developer: Konami
    • Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System, Microsoft Windows, PlayChoice-10, Arcade game, Amiga
  • Metal Slug 2
    12
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    • Developer: Nazca Corporation, SNK Playmore
    • Platform: Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Neo Geo CD, Neo Geo
  • Mega Turrican
    13
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    • Developer: Factor 5
    • Platform: Amiga, Sega Mega Drive, Wii
  • Alien Soldier
    14
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    • Developer: Treasure Co. Ltd
    • Platform: Microsoft Windows, Wii, Sega Mega Drive
  • Ghouls'n Ghosts
    15
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    • Developer: Capcom, Sega
    • Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine SuperGrafx, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC
  • Metal Slug 5
    16
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    • Developer: Noise Factory, SNK Playmore
    • Platform: PlayStation 2, Personal computer, Arcade game
    • Developer: Data East, Nihon Bussan
    • Platform: Sega Mega Drive, Amiga, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST
  • Rush'n Attack
    18
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    • Developer: Konami
    • Platform: Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade game
  • Mercs
    19
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    1990
    • Developer: Capcom, Sega
    • Platform: Commodore 64, Arcade game, Amiga, Sega Mega Drive, Master System
  • Metal Slug 4
    20
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    • Developer: Mega Enterprise, Noise Factory, SNK Playmore
    • Platform: PlayStation 2, Arcade game, Xbox, Neo Geo
  • Rapid Reload
    21
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    Apr 22 1995
    • Developer: Media.Vision
    • Platform: PlayStation
  • Hard Corps: Uprising
    22
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    • Developer: Arc System Works
    • Platform: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
    • Developer: Capcom
    • Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, Sega Saturn, Xbox 360
  • Crack Down
    24
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    Jan 01 1990
    • Developer: Sega
    • Platform: MS-DOS, Wii, Sega Mega Drive, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64
  • Cybernator
    25
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    • Developer: National Console Support, Inc
    • Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii, PlayStation 2