Total Nerd List of All Shoot 'em Up Games

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List of shoot 'em up games, listed alphabetically with photos of the game's cover art when available. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these shoot 'em up games have been enjoyed by millions. This list includes all shoot 'em up games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure, future or new shoot 'em up games. Various bits of information are available for these top shoot 'em up games, such as when the game was released and who developed the game. In some instances you can click on the names of the games to get an even more in-depth description of them. These aren't necessarily the best shoot 'em up games, but there are a lot of popular shoot 'em up games listed here.

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1992 Superman is an Atari 2600 game designed by John Dunn and published by Atari, Inc in 1978.

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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1988

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Galaga is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1981 Galaga is a fixed shooter arcade game developed and published by Namco in Japan and published by Midway in North America in 1981. It is the sequel to Galaxian, released in 1979. The gameplay of ...more

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Contra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
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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Defender is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1980 Defender is an arcade video game developed and released by Williams Electronics in February 1981. A shooting game featuring two-dimensional graphics, the game is set on a fictional planet where ...more

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Star Fox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1993 Star Fox, released as Starwing in Europe, apparently to avoid confusion with an association called "StarVox" in Germany is the first game in the Star Fox series of video games, ...more

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Namco Museum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1999 Namco Museum refers to the series of video game compilations released by Namco for various consoles released in the 5th generation and above, containing releases of their games from the 1980s ...more

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Star Fox: Assault is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
2005 Star Fox: Assault is a 3D scrolling shooter and third-person shooter video game for the Nintendo GameCube developed by Namco and published by Nintendo. It is the fourth released title in the ...more

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The House of the Dead III is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
2002 The House of the Dead III is a 2002 light gun arcade game with a horror zombie-survival theme, and the third installment to the House of the Dead series of video games, developed by Wow ...more

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Ikaruga is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
2001 Ikaruga is a 2001 shoot 'em up video game developed and published by Treasure. The game was released in the arcades in 2001 on the Sega NAOMI, subsequently released on the Dreamcast in Japan and ...more

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Super Star Wars: The Empire St... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1993 Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, also known as Super Empire Strikes Back, is a 1993 run and gun game for the Super Nintendo. It is the second game in the Super Star Wars trilogy and is ...more

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Zombies Ate My Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1993 Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a run and gun video game developed by LucasArts and originally published by Konami for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis consoles in 1993. One or two players take ...more

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Super Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1992 Super Star Wars is a 1992 video game for the Super NES based on the 1977 film Star Wars and re-released on the Virtual Console in 2009. It is the SNES equivalent of the Star Wars NES game. Super ...more

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Resident Evil: The Umbrella Ch... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
2007 Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, known as Biohazard: The Umbrella Chronicles in Japan, is a rail shooting video game co-developed by Capcom and Cavia. The game was released for the Wii on ...more

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Earthworm Jim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1994 Earthworm Jim is a 1994 run and gun platforming video game developed by Shiny Entertainment and published by Playmates Interactive Entertainment, featuring an earthworm named Jim in a robotic ...more

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1983 Star Wars is an arcade game produced by Atari Inc. and released in 1983. The game is a first person space simulator, simulating the attack on the Death Star from the 1977 film Star Wars. The ...more

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Xevious is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1982 Xevious is a vertical scrolling shooter arcade game that was released by Namco in December 1982. It runs on Namco Galaga hardware, and was designed by Masanobu Endō. In North America, the game ...more

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Metal Slug Anthology is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
2006 Metal Slug Anthology is a video game compilation for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and the Wii. The Wii version boasts different controller configurations, most taking advantage of the ...more

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Asteroids is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1979 Asteroids is an arcade space shooter released in November 1979 by Atari, Inc. and designed by Lyle Rains and Ed Logg. The player controls a spaceship in an asteroid field which is periodically ...more

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The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Re... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
2008 The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return is a compilation and re-release of The House of the Dead 2 and III for Wii. It is compatible with the Wii Zapper peripheral.

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Michael Jackson's Moonwalker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1989 Michael Jackson's Moonwalker is the name of several video games based on the 1988 Michael Jackson film, Moonwalker. U.S. Gold published various games for home computers, released in 1989, whilst ...more

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Super Scope 6 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1992 Super Scope 6, known as Nintendo Scope 6 in Europe and Australia, was the title Nintendo bundled with the Super Scope for the Super NES. As the name suggests, the cartridge contains six games ...more

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Blaster Master is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1988 Blaster Master is a platform and run and gun video game released by Sunsoft for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is a localized version of a Japanese Famicom game titled Chô Wakusei ...more

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The House of the Dead 4 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
2005 The House of the Dead 4 is a light gun arcade game with a horror theme and the fourth installment of the House of the Dead series of video games, developed by Sega. The game takes place between ...more

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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1991 There have been five video games based on The Addams Family television series and films, released between 1989 and 2002 on various home video game consoles.

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Space Harrier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1985 Space Harrier is a third-person rail shooter video game released by Sega in 1985. It spawned several sequels like Space Harrier 3-D, Space Harrier II, or the spin-off Planet Harriers. Space ...more

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Time Crisis II is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1998 Time Crisis II is a light gun arcade game and the second installment in Namco's Time Crisis series, introducing co-operative multiplayer to the franchise. It was first released in arcades in ...more

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Jet Force Gemini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
Jet Force Gemini is a third-person shooter video game developed and published by Rare for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It was released in North America on October 11, 1999, in Europe on ...more

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Turrican is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1990 Turrican is a 1990 video game programmed and designed by Manfred Trenz. It was first developed for the Commodore 64 by Rainbow Arts, but was ported to other systems later. In addition to concept ...more

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The House of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1996 The House of the Dead is a first-person, light gun arcade game released in 1996 and internationally in 1997 by Sega. Players assume the role of agents Thomas Rogan and "G" in their ...more

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Gradius V is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
2004 Gradius V is a Japanese-developed shoot 'em up video game published by Konami for the Sony PlayStation 2 video game console in 2004. Gradius V was largely developed under contract by Treasure, ...more

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Time Crisis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1995 Time Crisis is a light gun shooter arcade game released by Namco in 1996. It was later ported for the PlayStation in 1997, bundled with the Guncon light gun controller.

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Super Star Wars: Return of the... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1995 Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi is a run and gun released for the SNES in North America on June 22, 1994, Europe on March 30, 1995 and in Japan on June 23, 1995. It is the third and final ...more

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1942 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1984 1942 is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up made by Capcom that was released for the arcade in 1984. It was the first game in the 19XX series. It was followed by 1943: The Battle of Midway. 1942 ...more

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Metal Slug 3 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
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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Alien Syndrome is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1987 Alien Syndrome is a run and gun arcade game developed by Sega in 1987.

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Elevator Action is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1983 Elevator Action is a 1983 arcade game by Taito. It debuted during the Golden Age of Arcade Games. The player assumes the role of a spy who infiltrates a building filled with elevators. He must ...more

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Missile Command is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1980 Missile Command is a 1980 arcade game by Atari, Inc. that was also licensed to Sega for European release. It is considered one of the most notable games from the Golden Age of Video Arcade

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Centipede is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1980 Centipede is a vertically oriented shoot 'em up arcade game produced by Atari, Inc. in 1981. The game was designed by Ed Logg and Dona Bailey. The player defends against centipedes, spiders, ...more

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Mercs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
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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RoadBlasters is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1987 RoadBlasters is an arcade game released by Atari Games in 1987. In RoadBlasters, the player must navigate a sports car through 50 different rally races, getting to the finish line before running ...more

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Gunstar Heroes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
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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Contra III: The Alien Wars is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
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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Donkey Kong 3 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1983 Donkey Kong 3 is the third video game in the original Donkey Kong series by Nintendo. It was released near simultaneously for the Family Computer and arcade, and later released in America on the ...more

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RayStorm is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1997 RayStorm is a scrolling shooter developed by the Taito Corporation. Originally released in Japan as an arcade game in 1996, it was later ported there to Sony's PlayStation game console in 1997, ...more

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Time Crisis 4 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
2006 Time Crisis 4 is the fourth installment in Namco's Time Crisis series which introduces new features to the cover-based light gun shooter gameplay engine of its predecessors alongside a new story ...more

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Rez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
2001 Rez is a rail shooter music video game released by Sega in Japan in 2001 for the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2, with a European Dreamcast release and United States PlayStation 2 release in 2002. ...more

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Forgotten Worlds is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1988 Forgotten Worlds, originally titled Lost Worlds in Japan, is a side-scrolling shoot-'em-up game by Capcom originally released as a coin-operated video game in 1988. It is notable for being the ...more

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Pokémon Snap is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1999 Pokémon Snap is a first-person rail shooter and simulation video game co-developed by HAL Laboratory and Pax Softnica and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 video game console. It ...more

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Alien Storm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of All Shoot 'em Up Games
1991 Alien Storm is a 1990 beat 'em up arcade game by Sega. It was later ported to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Sega Master System. The Sega Mega Drive version was also released on Wii's Virtual ...more