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Gradius II

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Gradius II is a sequel to Gradius and Life Force, and is a horizontal space shooter composed of seven levels. Like in its predecessor, it is possible to collect power-ups from enemies and choose which type to use and when. This time, this system is enhanced with the option of choosing between four different power-up sequences, allowing the player to use different types of weapons against enemies. There is also the possibility to gain options, which are mysterious balls of fire that follows the player-controlled spaceship closely and mimic all its movements (including shots). While the player only could have two of them in the NES version of Gradius, it is now possible in all versions to have up to four.


Gradius II TurboGrafx CD Title screen
Gradius II Sharp X68000 Stage 2: Synthetic Life, featuring an H. R. Giger inspired layout
Gradius II Arcade Boss 1 "Phoenix"
Gradius II Sharp X68000 This is the first Gradius game to feature the Option Hunter which, as the name suggests, steals Options from the player

Alternate Titles

  • "グラディウスII" -- Japanese spelling

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Video Game Den NES Feb 27, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Top Secret NES Feb, 1994 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
1UP! NES May 16, 2006 92 out of 100 92
Mag'64 Wii Mar 08, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Quebec Gamers NES Oct 17, 2007 8.3 out of 10 83
HonestGamers NES Jan 12, 2013 8 out of 10 80
IGN TurboGrafx CD Nov 04, 2008 8 out of 10 80


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