Group DescriptionGradius 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.
Front cover for Gradius: The Interstellar Assault
Front cover for Gradius Gaiden
Front cover for Gradius Galaxies
Front cover for Nemesis
Front cover for Life Force
Screenshot from Gradius: The Interstellar Assault
Screenshot from Nemesis '90 Kai
Screenshot from Gradius Gaiden
Screenshot from Gradius Galaxies
Screenshot from Nemesis