Parodius (NES)

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This is mostly the parody of Gradius (Nemesis on some systems), with some flavor from other shoot-em-ups, like Twinbee. The series is available on numerous platforms.

The game is a right-to-left scrolling shoot-em-up. You can choose from 4 different flying creatures, with different weapons. You must finish 7 stages, each having a boss at the end. You may start at either one, but must complete every level to advance to the final stage.


Parodius NES Start of level 1
Parodius NES Parodius title screen
Parodius NES End of level boss of level one.
Parodius NES It's seems Tako is working in the circus.

Alternate Titles

  • "パロディウスだ! 神話からお笑いへ" -- Japanese SNES spelling
  • "Parodius: Non-Sense Fantasy" -- European SNES title
  • "Parodius Da!" -- Alternate title
  • "Parodius 1" -- Informal title

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Video Game Den Jul 26, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Video Games Aug, 1992 44 out of 100 44


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Isn't the MSX version a different game? 2 Terok Nor (20763)
Nov 19, 2010


European version

There are a few changes in the European SNES version:
  • During the intro, a cigarette was removed
  • In the Japanese version, the clown enemies in stage two have a Christian cross. This was changed to a wind-up key.
  • A background picture of a naked woman in level three, a parody of The Birth of Venus, was removed.
  • The licking animations of the stage three bosses were removed.
  • The bunny costumes and ears of female enemies in stage seven were removed.
A detailed list of changes can be found on (German).


  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best SNES Game in 1992
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Handheld Game in 1992

Terok Nor (20763) added Parodius (NES) on Jun 03, 2004
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