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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 SNES Player Select
Parodius SNES Death of an Octopus!
Parodius SNES Title Screen (Japanese)
Parodius SNES The skeletons are difficult, the pigs are easy

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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

Total! (Germany) May, 1994 1.25 out of 6 95
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1992 11 out of 12 92
Play Time 1993 92 out of 100 92
1UP! May 16, 2006 91 out of 100 91
Video Games Dec, 1992 90 out of 100 90
N-Force Sep, 1992 87 out of 100 87
Super Play (UK) Mar, 1993 86 out of 100 86
GameFan Magazine Oct, 1992 79.5 out of 100 80 Sep 29, 2009 16 out of 20 80
Score Jan, 1994 63 out of 100 63


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Isn't the MSX version a different game? 2 Terok Nor (26499)
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

J. Michael Bottorff (1788) added Parodius (SNES) on Sep 16, 2003
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