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Vulcan Venture

aka: Arcade Archives: Gradius II, Arcade Archives: Gradius II - Gofer no Yabō, Arcade Archives: Vulcan Venture, Gradius II, Gradius II: GOFER no Yabō

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Gradius II is a sequel to Gradius and Life Force, and is a horizontal space shooter composed of seven levels. Like in its predecessor, it is possible to collect power-ups from enemies and choose which type to use and when. This time, this system is enhanced with the option of choosing between four different power-up sequences, allowing the player to use different types of weapons against enemies. There is also the possibility to gain options, which are mysterious balls of fire that follows the player-controlled spaceship closely and mimic all its movements (including shots). While the player only could have two of them in the NES version of Gradius, it is now possible in all versions to have up to four.


  • アーケードアーカイブス グラディウスⅡ GOFERの野望 - Japanese PS4 / Switch spelling
  • グラディウスII - Japanese NES spelling
  • グラディウスII GOFERの野望 - Japanese spelling

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Credits (Arcade version)

19 People

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Graphic Designer
Sound Editor
Title Designer
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  • Konami



Subject User Date
Why not separate entry -- clarification MAT (235982) 2018-08-21 16:13:09
Why a separate entry? firefang9212 (79669) 2017-04-22 20:52:49

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  • MobyGames ID: 28914


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Game added by Bregalad.

TurboGrafx CD added by Hong Sik Jeon. Arcade added by Trypticon. PlayStation 3, PS Vita, PSP added by Charly2.0. Nintendo Switch added by Rik Hideto. PlayStation 4 added by Sciere. Wii added by gamewarrior. Sharp X68000 added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: Shoddyan, lights out party, Rik Hideto, FatherJack, Kennyannydenny.

Game added July 25th, 2007. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.