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Gradius III (SNES)

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Description

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.

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Gradius III SNES ... I sincerely hope this is the part where the lair is collapsing
Gradius III SNES Title screen.
Gradius III SNES ... I guess this part is the "boss rush"
Gradius III SNES Lava stage Boss

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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The Press Says

Nintendo Land 2003 91 out of 100 91
Hardcore Gaming 101 2000 9 out of 10 90
1UP! May 16, 2006 89 out of 100 89
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Aug, 1991 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) Jan, 1995 2 out of 6 80
HonestGamers Jan 13, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Mar, 1991 72 out of 100 72
GameCola.net Feb, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Power Play Mar, 1991 57 out of 100 57
Entertainment Weekly Sep 27, 1991 C 50

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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 (827) and gamewarrior (5066)