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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

Gradius: Deluxe Pack SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius: Deluxe Pack
Gradius V PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius V
Gradius Collection PSP Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius Collection
Gradius II TurboGrafx CD Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius II
Life Force NES Front Cover
Front cover for Life Force

Selected Screenshots

Konami logo
Screenshot from Gradius V
Screenshot from Gradius Collection
Screenshot from Gradius II
Title screen
Screenshot from Life Force
Title screen
Screenshot from Gradius Galaxies