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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 In a cosmic sand field, Vic Viper uses its Ripple Beam to beat the menace called Earwig Scorpion.
Gradius III SNES Lava stage
Gradius III SNES The level design gets more and more trippy as you go.
Gradius III SNES ... Just kidding. There's another

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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
1UP! May 16, 2006 89 out of 100 89
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Mar, 1991 880 out of 1000 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1991 10.2 out of 12 85
Quebec Gamers Jul 04, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
HonestGamers Jan 13, 2004 8 out of 10 80 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
Génération 4 Feb, 1991 56 out of 100 56


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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)