Gradius III

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Gradius III is the third game in Konami's long-running space shooter series, which also includes Life Force and Nemesis. As with most Gradius titles, you control the highly advanced Vic Viper space fighter against hordes of foes. Weapons can be selected from pre-arranged loadouts or you can create your own custom loadout. The game can be played by a single player, or by two players in alternating turns. The game offers three levels of difficulty.


Gradius III SNES Shooting my way through a wall of cells which "heals" when it stops being shot at.
Gradius III SNES It cannot attack you here, but you cannot do much damage to it either.
Gradius III Arcade Stage 10A Boss "Dellinger Core"
Gradius III Arcade Hidden Stage 1: Gradius Stage 1 "Volcano"

Alternate Titles

  • "宇宙巡航机III" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "グラディウスIII~伝説から神話ヘ~" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Gradius III - The Outbreak" -- SNES in manual title

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I love this game! SNES DudeOfMonson (106)

Critic Reviews

1UP! SNES May 16, 2006 89 out of 100 89
Quebec Gamers SNES Jul 04, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Thunderbolt Games SNES Dec 20, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) SNES Jan, 1995 2 out of 6 80
Nintendo Life Wii Apr 23, 2007 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70 SNES Feb 01, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Arcade Mar, 1990 3 out of 5 60
Power Play SNES Mar, 1991 57 out of 100 57
Génération 4 SNES Feb, 1991 56 out of 100 56
Entertainment Weekly SNES Sep 27, 1991 C 50


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Version differences

Despite being a port of the arcade version, the SNES version is not entirely accurate to the original.

Aside from the tweaked difficulty and additional armaments, two entire levels were cut from the arcade: a 3D stage which involved avoiding cave walls from a first-person perspective behind the Vic Viper, and a crystal stage in which you were challenged by crystal blocks blocking off areas like a maze.

The SNES port also has extreme slowdowns on the real console. The same is true for the Wii version which is a ROM of the original SNES game running in an emulator.

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