Total Nerd The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time  

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List Rules 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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96 27
Metal Slug is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Metal Slug 1996

2
42 6
Gunstar Heroes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

3
63 20
Contra: Hard Corps is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

4
75 28
Contra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Contra 1987

5
42 9
Metal Slug X is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

6
45 12
Metal Slug 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

7
49 16
Contra III: The Alien Wars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

8
24 3
Sunset Riders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

9
29 5
Metal Slug 3 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

10
44 17
Super Contra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

11
13 1
Alien Soldier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

12
30 10
Ghouls'n Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

13
31 13
Metal Slug 5 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

14
23 7
Dynamite Headdy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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32 16
Alien Hominid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

16
19 5
Gunstar Super Heroes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

17
27 12
Toki is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Toki 1989

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27 12
Metal Slug 4 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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15 2
Cuphead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Herogod added Cuphead

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24 11
Total Carnage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

21
20 8
Contra 4 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Contra 4 2007

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21 9
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Gauntlet 1987

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22 10
Gauntlet II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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15 4
Metal Slug Advance is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Metal Slug Advance Nov 18 2004

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15 4
Crack Down is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Crack Down 1990

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16 5
Zombies Ate My Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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12 2
Neo Contra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Neo Contra 2004

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15 5
Contra: Shattered Soldier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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24 14
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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13 4
Rolling Thunder 2 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Rolling Thunder 2 Jan 01 1990

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13 4
Ultimate Ghosts'n Goblins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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19 10
Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Berzerk 1980

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9 1
Shock Troopers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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11 3
Rapid Reload is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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14 6
Monster Bash is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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14 6
Cybernator is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Cybernator 1992

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18 10
Blaster Master is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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8 1
Jackal is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Jackal 1986

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8 1
Mercs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Mercs 1990

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9 2
Narc is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Narc 1988

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11 4
Guerrilla War is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

42
12 5
BlowOut is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
BlowOut 2003

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13 6
The Chaos Engine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

44
14 7
Alien Syndrome is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

45
7 1
Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Duke Nukem 1999

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9 3
Crimsonland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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9 3
Abuse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Abuse 1996

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9 3
Super Ghouls'n Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

49
10 4
Smash TV is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Smash TV 1990

50
12 6
Chelnov is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Chelnov 1988