Gunstar Heroes is unquestionably one of the greatest games ever to grace Sega's 16-bit Mega Drive / Genesis system. It was also the first title from Treasure, a studio formed by former Konami employees that would find greater fame producing the likes of Radiant Silvergun, Ikaruga and Sin & Punishment.

It's such an iconic title, so what better way to launch a new YouTube series than by focusing on this amazing run-and-gun blaster? Our friends over at The Sega Channel have done just that, and you can watch the first episode of Sega Scan - devoted to the 1993 classic - below.

In the video, host Tyler Esposito runs through what makes the title so compelling, along with assistance from Game Sack's Joe Redifer. One of the more interesting bits of trivia - and something we weren't previously aware of - is that Gunstar Heroes shipped with a Betty Crocker Fruit Roll-Up sweet in the packaging.

In recent years we've seen Sega - with the help of M2 - update some of the Mega Drive's best games as 3D Classics on the 3DS. Who wants to bet that Gunstar Heroes is part of the next wave of releases?

And to think, western players almost didn't get the game.