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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1996
Metal Slug is a run and gun video game developed by Nazca Corporation and published by SNK. It was originally released in 1996 for the Neo Geo MVS arcade platform. The game is widely known for ...more

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

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Contra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1987
Contra, distributed as Gryzor in Europe and Oceania, is a 1987 run and gun action game developed and published by Konami originally released as a coin-operated arcade game on February 20, 1987. ...more

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Cuphead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Herogod added 2017
Cuphead is a 2017 run and gun indie video game developed and published by StudioMDHR. As the title character Cuphead, the player fights a series of bosses in order to repay a debt to the devil.

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Contra: Hard Corps is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1994
Contra: Hard Corps is a side-scrolling run and gun-style shoot-'em-up video game released by Konami for the Sega Genesis in North America and South Korea in 1994. It was also released for the ...more

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Gunstar Heroes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1993
Gunstar Heroes is a run and gun video game developed by Treasure and published by Sega. Treasure's debut game was originally released on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in late 1993, and later on, ...more

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Sunset Riders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1991
Sunset Riders is a side-scrolling run-and-gun style shoot-'em-up released by Konami as a coin-operated video game in 1991. The game is set during the American Old West, where the player takes ...more

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Metal Slug 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2004
Metal Slug 3 is a run and gun video game developed by SNK. It was originally released in 2000 for the Neo-Geo MVS arcade platform as the sequel to Metal Slug 2/Metal Slug X. The music of the ...more

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Shock Troopers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1997
Shock Troopers is an arcade game developed by Saurus. Gameplay involves taking command of one or three commandos in an eight-way shooter. The game received a semi-sequel in Shock Troopers: 2nd

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Metal Slug 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1998
Metal Slug 2 is a run and gun video game developed by SNK. It was originally released in 1998 for the Neo-Geo MVS arcade platform as the sequel to the popular 1996 game Metal Slug. It was ...more

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Contra III: The Alien Wars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1992
Contra III: The Alien Wars, released in Japan as Contra Spirits and in the PAL region as Super Probotector: Alien Rebels, is a 1992 run and gun game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System ...more

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51 24
Super Contra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1988
Super Contra is a Run and Gun-style action video game by Konami that was released as a coin-operated arcade game in 1988. It is the sequel to the original Contra and the second and last game in ...more

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Ghouls'n Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1988
Ghouls 'n Ghosts is a platform game/run and gun developed by Capcom and released as an arcade game in 1988, and subsequently ported to a number of other platforms. It is the sequel to Ghosts 'n ...more

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Alien Soldier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1995
Alien Soldier is a side-scrolling run and gun video game developed by Treasure for the Sega Mega Drive. The game was released in Japan and Europe, but it can be rather expensive due to its ...more

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Metal Slug 5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2003
Metal Slug 5 is a run and gun video game for the Neo-Geo console/arcade platform created by SNK Playmore. It was released in 2003 for the MVS arcade platform, is the fifth game in the Metal Slug ...more

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Metal Slug 4 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2005
Metal Slug 4 is a run and gun video game for the Neo-Geo console/arcade platform created by SNK. It was released in 2002 for the MVS arcade platform and the AES game console, and is the fourth ...more

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Rolling Thunder 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1990
Rolling Thunder 2 is a run and gun arcade game developed for the Namco System 2 hardware and released by Namco in 1990. The game is the sequel to 1986's Rolling Thunder, retaining the same ...more

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Mercs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1990
Mercs, originally released as Senjō no Ōkami II, is a 1990 top-down run and gun arcade game developed and published by Capcom for the arcades. It is a followup to the 1985 Commando. It was ...more

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Contra 4 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2007
Contra 4 is a 2D action game for the Nintendo DS and the eleventh original installment in the Contra series. The game was released in North America on November 13, 2007. Contra 4 was produced by ...more

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Guerrilla War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1987
Guerrilla War, released in Japan as Guevara, is an overhead run and gun game produced by SNK. Originally released for arcades in 1987 as a coin-operated arcade game, Guerrilla War followed the ...more

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Gunstar Super Heroes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2005
Gunstar Super Heroes is a Game Boy Advance title created by Treasure Co. Ltd. It is a sequel to Gunstar Heroes, with the story taking place after the events of the original game and featuring an ...more

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Alien Hominid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
2004
Alien Hominid is an independently developed side-scrolling shoot 'em up video game developed by The Behemoth. The game was developed from a Flash game originally released on Newgrounds in August ...more

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Dynamite Headdy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1994
Dynamite Headdy is a platformer video game developed by Treasure. It was released in 1994 by Sega for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System. A port for the Sega 32X ...more

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Total Carnage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1992
Total Carnage is an arcade shooter, developed by Mark Turmell for Midway in 1992. The game was released for the SNES in 1993 and the Amiga CD32, Amiga, and DOS in 1994. It shares many gameplay ...more

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Crack Down is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
1990
Crack Down is a run and gun arcade game originally released by Sega in 1989, and ported to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in 1990. It was also ported and released to a number of home computer ...more