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Gun.Smoke (NES, Famicom Disk System)

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Title Screen


Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platforms: NES, Famicom Disk System
Released in JP: January 27, 1988 (FDS)
Released in US: February 1988
Released in EU: December 23, 1988

DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

DCIcon.png This game has a Data Crystal page

Gun.Smoke: The sheriff has been shot! Are you a bad enough dude to mow down hundreds of Old West outlaws and serve some frontier justice?

Basically, it's kind of like Commando in the 19th century. It's also the spiritual predecessor to Red Dead Revolver, so there's something.

Stage Select


Use the Game Genie codes PUULPANG + KZKLGPVV (US version) to access this stage select at the title screen. Use A and B to select a stage prior to starting the game.

Holding Select + Up when starting the game will also give you the ability to aim using the D-Pad instead of the individual A / B buttons, a feature which is normally unlocked using a longer button code.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Regional Differences

The Japanese Famicom Disk System version featured several differences.

Title Screen

Japan USA Europe
Gun.Smoke (FDS)-title.png Gun.Smoke (NES)-title.png Gun.Smoke (EU)-title.png

Besides the copyright differences, the international versions title screens displays the high score.

Opening Text

While the main storyline is written in Japanese, the opening words are in English in both versions. These were changed for the NES version.

Japan International
Gun.SmokeFDS-opening.png Gun.SmokeNES-opening.png

Wanted Posters

The portraits on the wanted posters were greatly enhanced in the NES version.

Japan International
Gun.SmokeFDS-wanted1.png Gun.SmokeNES-wanted1.png
Gun.SmokeFDS-wanted2.png Gun.SmokeNES-wanted2.png
Gun.SmokeFDS-wanted3.png Gun.SmokeNES-wanted3.png
Gun.SmokeFDS-wanted4.png Gun.SmokeNES-wanted4.png
Gun.SmokeFDS-wanted5.png Gun.SmokeNES-wanted5.png
Gun.SmokeFDS-wanted6.png Gun.SmokeNES-wanted6.png


In the Japanese version, you get different messages for every time you finish the game. In the international versions, the first and second run messages were removed and the Capcom logo was replaced by text.

1st Run

Japan USA
Gun.SmokeFDS-1st run.png Gun.SmokeUSA-1st&2nd run.png
However, disaster strikes again...

2nd Run

Japan USA
Gun.SmokeFDS-2nd run.png Gun.SmokeUSA-1st&2nd run.png
Once more, disaster strikes again...

3rd Run

Japan USA
Gun.SmokeFDS-3rd run.png Gun.SmokeUSA-3rd run.png

Game Over

The Japanese version does not provide any continues, and the Push Start notice simply takes you back to the first level. The international versions provide you with unlimited continues and add a "Retry" option, which actually just takes you back to the title screen. Also, the palette animation on the game over text received an update.

Japan International
Gun.SmokeFDS-game over.png Gun.SmokeNES-game over.png

Missing Music

Due to hardware limitations, the Famicom Disk System version is missing several tunes. Instead, the game uses Boss Music 1 during stage 1, 4, and 6, Boss Music 2 during stage 2 and 5, and Boss Music 3 during stage 3. On top of that, there are only three variations of BGM in this version. BGM 1 is used during stage 1, 4, and 6, BGM 2 is used during stage 2 and 5, and BGM 3 is used during stage 3.

These missing tracks were included in the NES versions outside of Japan.

Bandit Bill
Death Mountain
Cheyenne River
Fort Wingate

(Source: VGMPF Wiki)