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Gradius III is the third game in Konami's long-running space shooter series, which also includes Life Force and Nemesis. As with most Gradius titles, you control the highly advanced Vic Viper space fighter against hordes of foes. Weapons can be selected from pre-arranged loadouts or you can create your own custom loadout. The game can be played by a single player, or by two players in alternating turns. The game offers three levels of difficulty.


Gradius III SNES Lava stage Boss
Gradius III SNES Lava stage
Gradius III SNES Meet the brain behind the force of evil.
Gradius III SNES Vic Viper is ready to the space!

Alternate Titles

  • "宇宙巡航机III" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "グラディウスIII~伝説から神話ヘ~" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Gradius III - The Outbreak" -- SNES in manual title

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Critic Reviews

Raze May, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Nintendo Land 2003 91 out of 100 91
Hardcore Gaming 101 2000 9 out of 10 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Mar, 1991 880 out of 1000 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1991 10.2 out of 12 85
Total! (Germany) Jan, 1995 2 out of 6 80
Video Games Mar, 1991 72 out of 100 72 Feb 01, 2007 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Apr 03, 2002 B- 67
Power Play Mar, 1991 57 out of 100 57


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Version differences

Despite being a port of the arcade version, the SNES version is not entirely accurate to the original.

Aside from the tweaked difficulty and additional armaments, two entire levels were cut from the arcade: a 3D stage which involved avoiding cave walls from a first-person perspective behind the Vic Viper, and a crystal stage in which you were challenged by crystal blocks blocking off areas like a maze.

The SNES port also has extreme slowdowns on the real console. The same is true for the Wii version which is a ROM of the original SNES game running in an emulator.

Information also contributed by haynor666
Andrew Price (4) added Gradius III (SNES) on Feb 07, 2004
Other platforms contributed by NewRisingSun (958) and gamewarrior (5060)