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Former Sega Producer Recalls How He Saved Gunstar Heroes Pitch from Rejection

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Posted on October 28, 2013 AT 11:01am

Sega’s classic run-and-gun shooter Gunstar Heroes was nearly rejected by unanimous decision twenty years ago, producer Mac Senour revealed during an interview with Sega-16.

Senour, who currently works as a Scrum Master for telecom company Telmate, served as a producer at Sega twenty years ago. According to Senuour, Gunstar Heroes was initially rejected by “all the producers and all of the associate producerse as well. Twelve people looked at it and passed before it go to me.”

“If I didn’t pick it up, it was going to be rejected,” Senour told Sega-16. “I played it for five minutes, maybe less, and threw the controller on the floor and said, ‘This is game of the year.’ Every one in earshot laughed.”

Senuour says that the biggest complain lobbied against Gunstar Heroes was the size of its sprites, which were much smaller than the current trend in Sega Genesis sprites at the time.

“The reason was made very clear to me. Gunstar had small characters. We had just published, or were about to publish, World Series Baseball with a huge batter. All the games were showing off something the developers of Spider-Man had discovered, a way to make double high sprites. Gunstar didn’t use this and so the others passed. I saw it as something different.”

Gunstar Heroes originally debuted on the Sega Genesis September 9, 1993. It has more recently been ported to Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, iOS, and most recently Windows PC through Steam.

Source: NeoGAF

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