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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82 21
Metal Slug is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Metal Slug 1996

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70 25
Contra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Contra 1987

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58 18
Contra: Hard Corps is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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31 4
Gunstar Heroes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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36 8
Metal Slug X is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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39 12
Metal Slug 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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42 16
Contra III: The Alien Wars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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42 17
Super Contra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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21 3
Sunset Riders is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

10
29 9
Ghouls'n Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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24 5
Metal Slug 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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7 0
Alien Soldier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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32 16
Alien Hominid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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26 11
Toki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Toki 1989

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21 7
Dynamite Headdy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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27 13
Metal Slug 5 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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17 5
Gunstar Super Heroes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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20 8
Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Gauntlet 1987

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24 12
Metal Slug 4 is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Metal Slug Advance Nov 18 2004

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15 4
Zombies Ate My Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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19 8
Contra 4 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Contra 4 2007

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21 10
Gauntlet II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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22 11
Total Carnage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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14 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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23 13
Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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11 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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14 5
Alien Syndrome is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Alien Syndrome Jan 01 1987

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18 9
Blaster Master is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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18 9
Berzerk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Berzerk 1980

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12 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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12 4
Contra: Shattered Soldier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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12 4
BlowOut is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
BlowOut 2003

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13 5
The Chaos Engine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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13 5
Monster Bash is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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9 2
Super Ghouls'n Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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10 3
Guerrilla War is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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11 4
Rolling Thunder 2 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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7 1
Jackal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Jackal 1986

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7 1
Duke Nukem is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Duke Nukem Nov 30 1999

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7 1
Mercs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Mercs 1990

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8 2
Narc is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Narc 1988

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9 3
Abuse is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Abuse Jan 01 1996

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9 3
Crimsonland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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12 6
Cybernator is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Cybernator Jan 01 1992

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12 6
Chelnov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Chelnov 1988

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15 9
Ikari Warriors is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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12 7
Act-Fancer: Cybernetick Hyper ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time

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15 10
Batman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Batman Dec 22 1989

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8 3
Rapid Reload is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time