Sunset Riders

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Sunset Riders
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Konami
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Sound driver: Konami/Hyperstone Heist
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
£39.9939.99[4][2] T-95026-50
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Non-Sega versions

Sunset Riders is a 1991 arcade run-and-gun by Konami, ported to the Sega Mega Drive and Super NES in 1992 and released only in the US and Europe in 1993. Because of its small ROM size, the port was heavily remixed in terms of stage layout and is missing characters and stages compared to the arcade and SNES versions.


The game is a run-and-gun platformer similar to Konami's Contra series but set in the American Old West. Players can choose from the two bounty hunters, Billy Cool and Cormano Wild, who seek rewards for catching bandits and saving girls. Billy is armed with a peacemaker and Cormano with a shotgun that fires large shots. They are moved with Left and Right and also aim in eight directions using the D-pad. They fire in a stationary position with A and can walk and fire at the same time with B. Both can collect various weapon upgrades along the way. They jump with C. They can jump up higher platforms with Up+C and jump back down with Down+C. They can slide on the ground with Down-left+C or Down-right+C, during which they are immune to damage.

The score is measured as currency. Small coins are worth $200, while larger coins with dollar signs on them are worth $2,000. Characters die in one hit and lose their weapon upgrades and $1,000 on death, but these coins fall on the ground and can be collected again. The game punishes players for standing in one place for too long by sending a bird to attack the player. If players run out of lives, they can continue the game as long as they have continues remaining. Players have five continues and cannot gain any more.

The game supports multiplayer for two players on the same screen in both cooperative and competitive modes. Cooperative games can be started by selecting "2 Players" from the title menu or by pressing  START  on the controller of the second player during a single-player game. The first method is preferable as the latter method costs a continue. There is no friendly fire and continues are shared. The competitive mode can be selected with "Versus" on the title screen. The game is played in a few rounds with the arenas changing slightly. Players have to shoot each other down in this mode. Each player has a health bar and much lower rate of fire than in normal game, with a bird periodically dropping bonus items.

Due to a bug, "Versus" and "2 Players" modes are not selectable if both players have six button control pads, despite being highlighted in menu. The second player can still join during "1 Player" mode play. Holding the  MODE  button when booting the system to switch to three button mode fixes this issue.


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Simon Greedwell

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Paco Loco

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Chief Scalpen

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Sir Richard Rose


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Leather Pouch
Shoot to reveal an item.
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Gives the player $200.
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Big Coin
Gives the player $2,000.
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Lets the player play the bonus stage after the current stage is completed.
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Explodes after a short time. Thrown by enemies or sometimes found in leather pouches. Can be picked up with Down and thrown with A or B.
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Increases the player's attack speed.
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Gives the character a second weapon that is fired simultaneously with the main weapon.
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Gives the player an extra life.


Each stage consists of two segments. The first has the characters rescuing a damsel in distress. The second has the characters fighting a boss character to collect a bounty.

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Reechforem Gulch

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The Chatahoochie Choo-Choo

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T.P. City

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Powder Keg Pines & The Rose Mansion

Bonus Stage

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Bonus stage

If the players have collected a Star item during the stage, they play a bonus stage afterwards. In the bonus stage, the character rides a horse and chases a wagon. A woman in the wagon throws Big Coins and 1-Ups out of the wagon, and the player can use the D-pad to move the horse around the plane to catch the items.


The Mega Drive version contains substantial changes from the arcade version and the SNES port. It only features two characters (removing Steve and Bob) and four stages compared to the four characters and eight stages of the arcade version. Each stage in the Mega Drive version is divided into two segments. The Mega Drive version adds a button to fire while remaining stationary. The voice samples from the arcade version have been removed and replaced with text bubbles. The bonus stages are also different and involve chasing a wagon rather than the first-person shooting gallery of the arcade and SNES versions. The Mega Drive version also has a two-player versus mode absent from the other versions.

Guns have been removed from the PAL box (on both the Mega Drive and SNES PAL releases), likely to conform to German laws.

Production credits

  • Program: K.Toyohara, K.Endoh
  • Graphic Design: H.Matsuda, N.Takemoto
  • Sound Design: M.Ikariko, H.Inoue
  • Package Design: M.Yoshihashi
  • Special Thanks: I.Akada, AC Team
In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Sunset Riders/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Sunset Riders/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
Consoles + (FR)
Cool Gamer (RU)
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 3 (RU)
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
GameFan (US)
Game Power (IT)
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
Game Informer (US) NTSC-U
Joypad (FR) PAL
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
Mega (UK) PAL
Mega Action (UK) PAL
Mega Force (FR)
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
MegaTech (UK) PAL
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
Player One (FR)
Play Time (DE)
Power Play (DE)
Sega Power (UK) PAL
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
Sega Force (UK) PAL
Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
Todo Sega (ES)
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) NTSC-U
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
30 reviews

Sunset Riders

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, FR

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Mega Drive, PT
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Mega Drive, SE (rental)

Technical Information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 ac30c297
MD5 19cdf861c543f9c9cd9c8b6b70adeb1c
SHA-1 b40ea5b00f477d7b7448447f15b4c571f5e8ff0d
512kB 1992-12 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 0ff33054
MD5 cc60b5cd7295df626d81a3ecd30c4133
SHA-1 4a4f2cf397ade091e83e07bb3ffc7aa5862aeedd
512kB 1993-03 Cartridge (EU)


  1. GamePro, "November 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 199
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 GamesMaster, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-18), page 52
  3. 3.0 3.1 MegaTech, "March 1993" (UK; 1993-02-20), page 15
  4. Sega Force, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-05-27), page 72
  5. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 229
  6. Consoles +, "Avril 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 112
  7. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 209
  8. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 362
  9. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 3, "" (RU; 2000-xx-xx), page 263
  10. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 99
  11. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 2: December 1992" (US; 1992-xx-xx), page 8
  12. Game Power, "Maggio 1993" (IT; 1993-0x-xx), page 58
  13. GamePro, "February 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 52
  14. Game Informer, "January/February 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 6
  15. Joypad, "Avril 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 64
  16. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 62
  17. Mega, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-15), page 44
  18. Mega Action, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 38
  19. Mega Force, "Avril 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 98
  20. Mega Fun, "02/93" (DE; 1993-0x-xx), page 39
  21. MegaTech, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-20), page 38
  22. Mean Machines Sega, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-26), page 68
  23. Player One, "Avril/Mai 1993" (FR; 1993-04-10), page 98
  24. Play Time, "5/93" (DE; 1993-04-07), page 103
  25. Power Play, "3/93" (DE; 1993-02-10), page 103
  26. Sega Power, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-01), page 42
  27. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 24
  28. Sega Zone, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 36
  29. Sega Force, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-05-27), page 70
  30. Sega Mega Drive Review, "1" (RU; 1995-04-03), page 155
  31. Todo Sega, "Abril 1993" (ES; 1993-03-15), page 50
  32. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 190
  33. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "January 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 67

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