16-Bit Gems #27: Sunset Riders (SNES, Genesis)

This Konami arcade classic was once ported to both the Super Nintendo and Genesis.  But how well did they stack up to the original?  And which one took quite a departure from its initial version?  Roo examines each in this rootin’-tootin’ episode.


  • ShirowWolf
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 12:55 AM | Permalink

    …Roo,   I will continue to watch these videos as long as you absolutely promise to never, ever talk with that accent again. >D

    I also love the use of the Onett arcade…er…music? Sound effects? Clever! ^3^

  • iloveoldgames
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 2:25 AM | Permalink

    ahha good stuff!!

    Every day after work as part of my get-home-routine I check 16-bit gems to look for new posts…I didn’t think we’d be seeing another one so soon, but was pleasantly surprised!!

    I’m curious Roo if you’ll do an adventure game someday…Space Quest, Monkey Island, etc…all great games that are fairly obscere and under appreciated. Just a thought

  • KuraraII KuraraII
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 4:02 AM | Permalink

    Hooray, you finally looked at this game! 🙂

    I sure had a lot of fun playing it growing up.

    Also: “Marry me with my money” and lines like that are up there with “Wise fwom your gwabe”.

  • Prangeraide
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 7:28 AM | Permalink

    I believe it was just two short months ago that I stumbled across Sunset Riders at Ground Kontrol up here in Portland and said, “Hey, why isn’t this on XBLA?” I’m glad to know I have an option on the SNES, but oh man, a version for XBLA with 4-player online co-op? Yes please.

  • Mr. K Mr. K
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 7:33 AM | Permalink

    You mean you have to use your hands? That’s like a baby’s toy!

  • Sirius
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

    Great episode! I need to try that game out. Too bad it was never released in Japan… 🙁

    “First, the plot. You’re a bounty hunter in the old west. There’s bad guys out there and you gotta shoot ’em. Alright, good story! Now onto the gameplay.”

    LOL. 😛

    Also, did you really use the word “lackadaisically”? >_>

    And I’m not sure if Mr. Blue and Mr. Pink were a Reservoir Dogs reference but… 😉

    It sort of made me think of Gun.Smoke for the NES. Every played that game Roo? Great game! And similar except it’s vertical scrolling instead of horizontal.


  • Sonic Rose sonicrose
    Posted October 15, 2011 at 12:41 AM | Permalink

    Great review as usual ^_^ I loved TMNT IV on the SNES. You’re very well spoken and explain things nicely ^_^

  • airblade
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 1:38 AM | Permalink

    I wasted so much money playing this game… one of my favs on the SNES, I remember renting this a lot, and going to  the arcade JUST to play this game.

    I remember those good days in which all I did was play this and Samurai Shodown.

    I wish there was an arcade port for PSN/XLIVE or a remake like TMNT (but that is actually GOOD).

  • mikeke352 mikeke352
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 8:51 AM | Permalink

    My best friend from when i was 9(ish)’s older brother had this game for the SNES and I remember playing it. and dying over and over. and overandoverandoveraaaaand over. I remember not being a huge fan of it, but my friend was great at it so we ended up playing it a lot until ADHD took over.

    I’ll have to give the genesis version a try.

  • Goenitz
    Posted November 28, 2011 at 9:57 AM | Permalink

    Bomberman? Metal Warriors? Cybernator? I like your review style, keep it up.

  • gattz
    Posted December 1, 2011 at 11:27 PM | Permalink

    Roo… I love you reviews. I really do, possibly my favorite old school game reviews on the net. But DUDE. The SNES fanboy-ism has to stop. Seriously. You and everyone reading this knows what I’m talking about. Just… tone it down at very least, because it makes your videos very off-putting.

  • Goenitz
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 1:42 PM | Permalink

    But SNES was the best 16 bit system……..it’s not fanboyism just a fact. Genesis was good but nowhere near SNES level.

  • Shemsen
    Posted December 14, 2011 at 1:15 PM | Permalink

    The main problem with the Genesis (Mega Drive here in Germany) was the shitty controller. Also the SNES simply had more and better games.

    We played Sunset Riders a lot (on the SNES) and it’s interesting and fun to see the Genesis version in comparsion.

  • kink124
    Posted July 8, 2012 at 7:44 PM | Permalink

    I used to play the crap out of this game when I was just a wee child, got pretty far by the time I was 10, but never completed it… Time to dust off the ol’ SNES I suppose, eh?

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