|Developer||Nintendo R&D1, Ikegami Tsushinki|
|Publisher||Exidy, Nintendo, Taito|
|Systems||Arcade, Game Boy Advance|
|Released||Arcade: October 1979 |
GBA: March 21, 2003
3DS: December 16, 2011
Wii U: April 10, 2014
|Wii U (WarioWare): April 18, 2019|
Sheriff was an arcade game developed by Nintendo R&D1, with code development subcontracted to Ikegami Tsushiki, and was published by Nintendo in 1979. It ran on a board set with an Intel 8080 central processing unit (CPU).
A sheriff in the American Old West has to shoot and kill several bandits that are trying to take over the town.
The bandits attack from all sides, so the sheriff has to fire his gun in each direction in order to defeat all of the invaders before they are able to shoot him first.
If he is successful in defeating every one of the invading force, the sheriff saves the town and rescues a woman that was kidnapped by the bandits.
Then, the sheriff has to do so again as a woman is captured by more bandits who try to invade the town.
Versions of the game
Sheriff was licensed to Exidy, who released it as Bandido. It was also licensed to Taito, who released it as Western Gun 2, ostensibly a sequel to their 1975 arcade game Western Gun. Both of these versions were released in 1980.
It was included as a minigame and a microgame in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! for Game Boy Advance in 2003. As a microgame, the gameplay is unchanged. As a minigame, it is titled Wario's Sheriff, with Wario as the titular sheriff. In this version, the shoulder buttons can make Wario face in the opposite direction without moving.
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! was later released via the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console only to "ambassadors", gamers who purchased the Nintendo 3DS before the price drop, in 2011. It was then released on the Wii U Virtual Console in 2014.