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Gumshoe NA box.jpg
Developer(s): Nintendo R&D1
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: NES
Category: Shooter, Platformer
Players: 1
Predecessor: N/A
Successor: N/A
Release dates
N. America: June 1986[1]
Europe: June 15, 1988

Gumshoe is a platforming game developed and released by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game was released exclusively in western territories, being released in North America as one of the second wave of launch games in June 1986 and later released in Europe in 1988, as part of the Light Gun Series.


You'll have to shoot fast to get out of this Light Gun game alive!

Jennifer's been kidnapped! Now's your chance to prove you're a sharp-shooting detective by Jennifer's father find the five diamonds that will pay her ransom. You'll use your Zapper light gun to blow away anything that gets in your way. But even with the Zapper, this case will be hard to crack. Because not only are the diamonds hard to find, but you only have 24 hours to find them! What's more, you'll have to think fast and shoot even faster, because ferocious monsters, diving airplanes and hungry man-eating sharks will stop at nothing to prevent you from getting to the diamonds. Think you're a sharp shooting detective? Well, you better be. Because if you're not, it's curtains for you in this quick-on-the-trigger Nintendo Light Gun game!


The game stars Mr. Stevenson, a former FBI agent who now works as a detective. Stevenson has received a ransom note from King Dom, telling him that his only daughter Jennifer has been kidnapped and that he will only release her in exchange for the five Black Panther Diamonds, which he must deliver within 24 hours.


Gumshoe is primarily played using the NES Zapper. Mr. Stevenson moves forward automatically, while the player must fire the Zapper to avoid oncoming obstacles such as flying hammers and cars. The player has a limited amount of ammunition, however, though the total number of rounds can be increased by running into balloons to pop them. The player can also fire at Mr. Stevenson to make him jump, which does not use any bullets, and can be done again to make him jump in midair.

Technical details

Technical Details

NES Game Pak
Nintendo VS. System

Input / compatible controllers

NES Controller (Pause), NES Zapper

Other releases

Title Cover art Platform Release date(s) Notes
VS. Gumshoe Arcade (Nintendo VS. System) 1987 A direct port of the game released for the Nintendo VS. System arcade machine.

External links


  1. NES games list by Nintendo. Retrieved December 2, 2016.