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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 Arcade Stage 5 "Moai" Part 1
Gradius III Arcade Final Cutscene Part 2
Gradius III Arcade Intro #4
Gradius III Arcade Stage 10A "Boss on Parade" Part 3 "Big Core mkII"

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

Jaded Gamer, The SNES Sep 22, 2003 95 out of 100 95
Nintendo Land SNES 2003 91 out of 100 91
1UP! SNES May 16, 2006 89 out of 100 89
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) SNES Mar, 1991 880 out of 1000 88
Quebec Gamers SNES Jul 04, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Sep 29, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Apr, 1990 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Wii Apr 25, 2007 7 out of 10 70
GameCola.net SNES Feb 01, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Power Play SNES Mar, 1991 57 out of 100 57


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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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