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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 III and IV PlayStation 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius III and IV
Gradius Deluxe Pack SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius Deluxe Pack
Nemesis 2 MSX Front Cover
Front cover for Nemesis 2
Gradius III SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius III
Gradius NES Front Cover
Front cover for Gradius

Selected Screenshots

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