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Gradius II (NES)

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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 NES Shooting a dragon which comes out of those flaming planets.
Gradius II NES Intro
Gradius II NES Starting a game.
Gradius II NES Power meter select: in this screen you choose what kind of equipment your ship will acquire along the game.

Alternate Titles

  • "グラディウスII" -- Japanese spelling

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Top Secret Feb, 1994 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Video Game Den Feb 27, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
1UP! May 16, 2006 92 out of 100 92
Quebec Gamers Oct 17, 2007 8.3 out of 10 83
HonestGamers Jan 12, 2013 8 out of 10 80


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