Sunset Riders (サンセットライダーズ Sansetto Raidāzu?) is a Wild West-themed side-scrolling run and gun game released by Konami in 1991 for arcades. It later received home ports to the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in 1992 and for the Super Nintendo in 1993.


Set on the Old West, Sunset Riders focus on a group of four bounty hunters, who seek to obtain the rewards for capturing various outlaws. Each stage is introduced with a Wanted poster, depicting the owtlaw who serves as the stage's boss. The original Arcade machine allowed for simultaneous four-player action, with each character being locked to a player, while a later two-player revision allowed players to choose their character.

Sunset Riders plays very similarly to the Contra games, with players being able to shoot in eight directions. The stages often have two tiers of platforms, with players being able to jump between them by holding up or down while pressing the jump button. Along the stages players can find power-ups which increase their gun's firepower and autofire, as well as various hazards which serve as obstacles but can also be used to the player's advantage.


Sunset Riders was originally ported to the Sega Mega Drive in 1992. This port cuts on a lot of the Arcade's content, featuring only two playable characters and four stages, which were made longer to compensate. The Super Nintendo port released in 1993 is more faithful to the Arcade original, with all characters and stages present, though some of it's content was cut due to censorship, such as removing the dynamite-tossing cowgirl enemies and the courtesans who gave the player power-ups, as well as changing the sprites for the cancan dancers in the third and fourth stages and removing all indian enemies from the 6th stage.


Playable CharactersEdit

  • Steve
  • Billy
  • Bob
  • Cormano


  • Simon Greedwell
  • Hawkeye Hank Hatfield
  • Dark Horse
  • The Smith Bros.
  • El Greco
  • Chief Scalpem
  • Paco Loco
  • Sir Richard Rose


  • Steve makes a brief cameo in the first stage of Mystic Warriors, appearing in a movie billboard in the background.
  • Simon Greedwell's famous defeat line is referenced in the game Rogue Legacy, appearing as one of the game's random death quotes.
  • Both Cormano and Simon Greedwell appear as nonogram puzzles in Pixel Puzzle Collection.

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