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Gradius (MSX)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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Advertising Blurbs

magazine advertisement (US) - Game Boy:
    The power to stop the reign.

    You're about to strafe the stratosphere, obsessed with ending the long bloody reign of King Nemesis. Suddenly, that heap of rancid royalty's horde of henchmen swoops down out of a nebula, spraying you with lethal molecular bursts. You grit your teeth, clench the controls of your pressure-cooking starfighter, the Proteus 911, and power up its arsenal of land-blasting lasers and dual devices of destruction.

    But wait! A barrage of enertron bullets streaks toward you. With lightning reflexes you fire your mauling missiles as you're hurled into yet another level of terror. Your last h ope is to double your firepower and create a duplicate starfighter with the ship-cloning option. What will be your fate?

    Bonus levels... or oblivion?

    (Source: back cover of "X-Factor", Vol. 1, No. 56, July 1990.)

    Contributed by Pseudo_Intellectual (43888) on Mar 08, 2008.

Nintendo Press Release - Wii (US):
    GradiusĀ® (NESĀ®, 1-2 players, 500 Wii Points): Across the galaxy, there exists a distant planet known as Gradius. Gradius' peaceful existence has been brought to an end by an intense space invasion by a race known as the Bacterion. To save the planet, the hyperspace fighter Vic Viper has been deployed to fight the Bacterion invasion. Players pilot the Vic Viper through seven stages, shooting and dodging through deadly obstacles, while using various power-ups, including missiles, lasers, options and shields. The Vic Viper's target is the enemy fortress, Xaerous. The only way to end the war is to plunge deep through the enemy forces and destroy its very core.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4621) on Jul 10, 2007.

The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (1987):


    The planet Gradius, a peaceful Earth-like world, is under all-out attack by the amoeboid Bacterions from a distant star cluster. Your hyper-space fighter is armed with the greatest arsenal in the galaxy and your objective is the Superfortress, Xaerous--the nerve center of the all-knowing, all-seeing Bacterion Bio-Computer.

    GAME PLAY: You maneuver your space fighter, the Warp Rattler, through each of seven different and challenging stages on your mission to destroy the Superfortress Xaerous. Power boosters along the way give you extra capabilities, such as the Doppel-ganger option which spins off a ghost-like twin of your Warp Rattler to double your firepower, or the Force Field Barrier that makes you invulnerable to enemy attack. It's a duel to the death while the whole galaxy watches, waits, and hopes.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4621) on Mar 25, 2004.

Back of Box:
    It's a Duel to the Death With the Evil Bacterions!

    You are the last hope of the gentle people of Gradius. You've just lifted off to confront the all-out attack of the amoeboid Bacterions. Your hyper-space fighter is armed with the greatest arsenal in the galaxy. Air-to-surface and double beam laser cannons for incredible firepower. Powerful force fields for protection. Time and space warps for fleeing the dimension. You'll need it all, just to survive. Because at the heart of the Bacterion Empire lies the Xaerous Superfortress - the nerve center of the all-knowing, all-seeing Bacterion Bio-Computer. It's a Duel to the Death. While the entire galaxy watches. Waits. And hopes.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69521) on Sep 30, 2002.