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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 Arcade Play with tentacles
Parodius SNES Interrupting an octopus washing his hair is just rude
Parodius Arcade Title screen
Parodius Arcade Big enemy appears!

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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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Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) SNES Sep, 1992 94 out of 100 94
1UP! SNES May 16, 2006 91 out of 100 91
Power Play SNES Sep, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Play Time SNES 1993 88 out of 100 88
Video Games Game Boy May, 1992 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun SNES Mar, 1994 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Game Boy Jul, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Play Time Game Boy Jun, 1991 80 out of 100 80
Nintendo Life SNES Aug 07, 2010 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80 SNES Sep 29, 2009 16 out of 20 80


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Isn't the MSX version a different game? 2 Terok Nor (23151)
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

Contributed to by J. Michael Bottorff (1773), ^LutheR^ (115), 666gonzo666 (55056) and Terok Nor (23151)