RF Generation.  The Classic and Modern Video Games Database.RF Generation.  The Classic and Modern Video Games Database.
3-D WorldRunner [3 Screw]
Front Back Screenshot Game Manual

Game Scan
Game Scan

In Game Shot
In Game Shot

Submit Rating: %

Alternate Title:3D World Runner
Console: Nintendo NES
Year: 1987
RFG ID #: U-027-S-00040-B
Part #: NES-WO-USA
UPC: 021481102014
Developer: Square
Publisher: Acclaim
Genre: Action/Adventure
Players: 1
Controller: Standard Controller
Media Format: Cartridge 1 Meg
Add to collection Who is selling this? Who wants this? Who owns this?
Submit Info Submit Variation Submit Images
Collection Stats:

  • 135 of 7611 collectors (1.7%) have this game in their collection
  • 5 of 7611 collectors (0%) have this game in their wishlist.
  • 1 of 7611 collectors (0%) have this game for sale or trade.

After glancing at the screenshots on the back of the box, one might mistake 3-D WorldRunner for a simple Space Harrier clone. And we won't even go into the art on the front. Is the laser coming out of his chest, or is the dragon shooting it? Never mind, I said I wouldn't.

3-D WorldRunner is not a clone of Space Harrier, and after playing it for more than a few seconds one learns that the only thing it shares with the Sega arcade title is the perspective. You play an unnamed character as he faces down the diabolical Grax the dragon (and his seven dragon brothers) as you seek to rid the solar system of their evil. You run forward, jumping over (and around) pits, obstacles, and baddies, and collecting a range of items and powerups (even running headfirst into poles to gain them). That is the gameplay in a nutshell. But that is the games greatest asset (save the music, maybe), as it doesn't take much to learn 3-D WorldRunners mechanics. But much like chess, you will spend a lot of time getting good at said mechanics, as the game is very hard. While the surface jumping appears to only be useful sailing over pits, it is actually one of the best defensive tactics to master. Basically, if you want to get far in this game, learn how to avoid danger by jumping.

An early Square game, 3-D WorldRunner is actually the first of their games to feature the 3D mode (accessible by wearing the included 3D glasses) and pressing the select button. Believe it or not, if you are able to do this (and see it), the effect isn't half bad. Certainly more so than Rad Racer. This is likely due to the bright and colorful graphics, much brighter than many other NES games from this era, which often tend to be muted and slightly washed out (much like some Commodore 64 games). The music is also very good and cartoony, with just the right amount of bounce. Shades of brilliance for sure, as the music was done by Nobuo Uematsu, who would go on to compose music in the first Final Fantasy, released later the same year (1987).

Overall, 3-D WorldRunner is a great game, with the only problem I can see being the high level of difficulty. The price is fair, and since red/cyan 3D shades are pretty cheap these days, trying it out in 3D is also very affordable as well as highly recommended.


Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Nintendo NES U S 3-D WorldRunner [5 Screw] Acclaim 1987 Action/Adventure
Related Games:

Console Reg. Type Title Publisher Year Genre
Nintendo Famicom Disk System J S Tobidase Daisakusen DOG 1987 Action/Adventure
Page Credits:

Michael Collins: Page Design, HTML Code
Eddie Herrmann: Perl Script
David Murnan: PHP Script
ApolloBoy: Variation Addition, variation title edit
Laurel Settee: Scans
Shadow Kisuragi: Release Type
Duke.Togo: Related Game
Crabmaster2000: Screenshots
Project Nintendo: Publisher, Publisher fix, Alt. Title
bombatomba: Review

Last Updated: 2016-05-08 16:53:01
Site content Copyright © 2008 rfgeneration.com unless otherwise noted.