1001 Video Games
The Arcade version of Gradius
appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die
by General Editor Tony Mott.
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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