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Gradius series

Group Description

Gradius is a series of futuristic scrolling shoot-'em-ups which take place in outer space. One of the hallmarks of this series is the power meter. The power meter is typically a bar that highlights selectable options (weapons, shields, etc.) as power-ups are collected. The more power-ups collected, the more powers that are selectable. Players can hold off selecting a power until the one they want becomes available. If a power is selected again for a second or third time, it becomes even more effective. This meter allows the player to customize their spaceships powers to a degree.

While not a part of the official Gradius canon, the arcade game Scramble is considered a precursor for this series.

Selected Covers

Nemesis 2 MSX Front Cover
Front cover for Nemesis 2
Gradius III SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius III
Gradius: Deluxe Pack SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius: Deluxe Pack
Gradius Collection PSP Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius Collection
Gradius II TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius II

Selected Screenshots

Title screen (Japanese release)
Screenshot from Nemesis 2
Title screen.
Screenshot from Gradius III
Screenshot from Gradius Collection
Screenshot from Gradius II
Title screen A
Screenshot from Nemesis '90 Kai