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

Gradius Gaiden PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius Gaiden
Gradius III SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius III
Gradius V PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius V
Gradius II TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius II
Gradius NES Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius

Selected Screenshots

Introduction
Screenshot from Gradius Gaiden
Title screen.
Screenshot from Gradius III
Konami logo
Screenshot from Gradius V
Intro
Screenshot from Gradius II
Title screen
Screenshot from Gradius