The people of Gradius are in trouble. The ameoboid Bacterions have launched an all out attack against the planet, and it's up to you to fly into battle and save them. Along the way you'll be able to power up your ship with hyper speed, force fields, lasers, missiles, double beam cannons and more to help you battle.
Based on the arcade game, Gradius
is a side-scrolling shooter. Shooting certain enemies will leave a power up pod behind which can be collected to add more power to your ship. Each level features a wide variety of enemies trying to stop you, with a large boss at the end. Gameplay is for one player or two players alternating.
- "宇宙巡航机" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
- "Nemesis" -- Game Boy / European Arcade & Computer title
- "グラディウス" -- Japanese spelling
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The coin-op arcade version of this game was such a success, rumor has it that it caused a coin shortage in Japan.
The NES version was the first game to use the famous Konami Code.
BBC Micro conversion
A & B Computing reported in 1987 about a BBC Micro port that was developed, but never finished. The programmer was later revealed to be Kenton Price
In the arcade game, players could carry up to four options. Due to technical limits of the NES, here they can only have two.
was bundled with the X68000 computer in Japan, which enforces its status as a "killer app".
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- 1987 - #3 Best C64 Game '87
- Issue 01/1990 - Best Nintendo Game in 1989