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Moby ID: 4512
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The people of Gradius are in trouble. The ameoboid Bacterions have launched an all out attack against the planet, and it's up to you to fly into battle and save them. Along the way you'll be able to power up your ship with hyper speed, force fields, lasers, missiles, double beam cannons and more to help you battle.

Gradius is a side-scrolling shooter. Shooting certain enemies will leave a power up pod behind which can be collected to add more power to your ship. Each level features a wide variety of enemies trying to stop you, with a large boss at the end. Gameplay is for one player or two players alternating.


  • アーケードアーカイブス グラディウス - Japanese PS4 / Switch spelling
  • グラディウス - Japanese spelling
  • 宇宙巡航机 - Simplified Chinese spelling

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Credits (Sharp X1 version)

Presented by
  • Konami
Sharp X1 version converted by
  • Sleep Rever Soft
  • YA. Hyu-Lu-Hyu



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Gradius(arcade) released for Windows(via Steam) in Konami's Arcade Classics Andrew Fisher (697) Aug 22, 2022
PC Engine credits Freeman (64496) Apr 10, 2019


1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Gradius appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Arcade version

The coin-op arcade version of this game was such a success, rumor has it that it caused a coin shortage in Japan.

BBC Micro conversion

A & B Computing reported in 1987 about a BBC Micro port that was developed, but never finished. The programmer was later revealed to be Kenton Price.

Game Art Beyond

In 2018, Nemesis was selected as one of the biggest classics on the Commodore 64 by the creators of the C64 graphics collection Game Art Beyond. Nemesis was honoured with a high resolution title picture (based on the original arcade game artwork) in a special C64 graphics format called NUFLI, along with a new C64 SID interpretation of the Level 1 theme (incl. Start of Stage prelude).

Konami Code

The NES version was the first game to use the famous Konami Code.

NES version

In the arcade game, players could carry up to four options. Due to technical limits of the NES, here they can only have two.

X68000 supplement

Gradius was bundled with the X68000 computer in Japan, which enforces its status as a "killer app".


  • Power Play
    • 1987 - #3 Best C64 Game '87
    • Issue 01/1990 - Best Nintendo Game in 1989

Information also contributed by Игги Друге, Dracula Marth and Maw


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Game added by Frumple.

Commodore 64 added by Quapil. Wii added by Corn Popper. Nintendo 3DS added by CrankyStorming. Arcade added by 666gonzo666. Nintendo Switch added by Kam1Kaz3NL77. Wii U added by is_that_rain_or_tears. TurboGrafx-16 added by Oyn. PlayStation 4 added by Sciere. Sharp X1 added by Kabushi. ZX Spectrum, MSX, Amstrad CPC added by Martin Smith. Sharp X68000 added by Terok Nor. NES added by Servo. Windows Apps added by Kayburt. PC-88 added by j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】.

Additional contributors: Roedie, Satoshi Kunsai, Servo, Unicorn Lynx, Maw, samsam12, Macs Black, Trypticon, Patrick Bregger, Rik Hideto, Malte Mundt, FatherJack.

Game added July 15, 2001. Last modified February 1, 2024.