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The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time 

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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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Gunstar Heroes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1993 (Treasure Co. Ltd)
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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Metal Slug is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1996 (Nazca Corporation)
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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Cuphead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Herogod added Released: 2017 (StudioMDHR)
Cuphead is a run and gun video game developed and published by StudioMDHR. Announced in 2013, the game was released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One in September 2017, for macOS in October ...more

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Contra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1987 (Konami)
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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Contra: Hard Corps is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1994 (Konami)
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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Metal Slug X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1999 (Nazca Corporation)
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Contra III: The Alien Wa... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1992 (Konami)
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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Metal Slug 3 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (Nazca Corporation)
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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Ghouls'n Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1988 (Capcom)
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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Sunset Riders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1991 (Konami)
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 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1998 (Nazca Corporation)
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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Super Contra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1988 (Konami)
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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Metal Slug 5 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 2003 (Noise Factory)
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) 14 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 2005 (Mega Enterprise)
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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Shock Troopers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1997 (Saurus)
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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Contra 4 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 2007 (WayForward Technologies)
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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Alien Soldier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1995 (Treasure Co. Ltd)
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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Alien Hominid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 2004 (The Behemoth)
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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Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1987 (Tengen)
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Dynamite Headdy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1994 (Treasure Co. Ltd)
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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Contra: Shattered Soldie... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 2002 (Konami)
Contra: Shattered Soldier, originally released in Japan as Shincontra, is a video game that is part of the Contra series by Konami. It was developed by Team Kijirushi, a group of staff members ...more
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Hard Corps: Uprising is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
MioghtyPrinny added Released: 2011 (Arc System Works)
Hard Corps: Uprising is a 2011 run and gun video game developed by Arc System Works and published by Konami for the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. The game was released on Xbox Live ...more
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Gunstar Super Heroes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 2005 (Treasure Co. Ltd)
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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Mercs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1990 (Capcom)
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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Alien Syndrome is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Run And Gun Games of All Time
Released: 1987 (Sega)
Alien Syndrome is a run and gun arcade game developed by Sega in 1987.