Gitaroo Man

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Gitaroo Man

Game general and emulation properties:
ESRB rating: E (Mild Language)
GRB rating: ALL
Game supports multi-tap
Widescreen patch available
Supports up to four local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-50653 & SLUS-20294
Japanese: SLPM-65012 & SLPM-62062 & SLPM-65160
German: SLES-50653
French: SLES-50653
Korean: SLPM-67508 & SLKA-25216
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20294
Release date: February 19, 2002
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-50653
Release date: 2002
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPM-65012
SLPM-67508 (Korea)
SLPM-65160 (Koei Summer Chance)
SLKA-25216 (Korea, BigHit)
SLPM-62062 (Trial Version)
Release date: June 21, 2001
2001 (Korea)
July 5, 2002 (Koei Summer Chance)
October 7, 2004 (Korea, BigHit)
CRCs: C1767D64
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Koei/Inis
Publisher(s): Koei
Genre: Music
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: GameRankings82/100, Metacritic82/100
Game description: Music is all you need to tame the beasts in Gitaroo-Man. As U-1, descendant of the legendary Gitaroo-Man, it's up to you to save the planet from the clutches of the evil Gravillian family. To accomplish this heroic feat, you must press buttons that correspond to onscreen commands. If executed successfully, your health meter goes up while the enemies' health meter diminishes. Gitaroo-Man also features both cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes in which players perform different parts of the music.
The player character is U-1, a young boy who is frequently ridiculed by classmates and passed over by Little Pico, the girl of his dreams. The story proper begins when Puma, a dog with the ability to speak, teaches U-1 to play the guitar, simultaneously teaching the controls of the game to the player, and subsequently revealing to him that he is the last legendary hero of Planet Gitaroo, and the possessor of the Last Gitaroo. When they are then attacked, Puma transforms into Puma AC-30 and gives U-1 the Gitaroo, transforming him into Gitaroo Man.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 768 MB
1.1.0 (r5517) GSdx SSE41 (5464)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 [17 01 2013]
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 [28 12 2012]
Runs above full speed.
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i3-3220 @ 3.30 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2 GB
1.3.1 (git 2015-04-04, 01:21:46) GSdx 1.1.16 AVX (2015-04-04, 01:21:46) SPU2-X 2.0.0 (2015-04-04, 01:21:46) Works well at 60 FPS with minor glitches. Telmo
NTSC-J Windows 10 64bit build 19045
  • Core i5-8500
  • GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
v1.7.3980 Default Default (SLPM-65012)Beat 1st stage. no issues. Seruranblue


  • Original names: ギタルマンワン (SLPM-62062), ギタルマン (SLPM-65012), 기타루맨 (SLPM-67508)
  • Also known as Gitaroo-Man One (JP)

Known Issues

White triangles on stage 4

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: White triangles keep flashing through the stage.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Emulation Settings > VUs tab, and set Clamping Mode to "None". Then, do the same for the EE/IOP tab, set Clamping Mode to "None".

Public compatibility forum links