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Description

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.

Screenshots

Gradius TurboGrafx-16 Game over
Gradius Arcade Stage 4 "Inverted Volcano"
Gradius Arcade Boss 7 "Xaerous Brain"
Gradius TurboGrafx-16 Developer logo

Promo Images

Gradius Screenshot
Gradius Screenshot
Gradius Screenshot
Gradius Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "宇宙巡航机" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Nemesis" -- European Arcade & Computer title
  • "Arcade Archives: Gradius" -- PS4 / Switch title
  • "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

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Sep, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Computer and Video Games (CVG) NES Apr, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Eurogamer.net (UK) Arcade Oct 25, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 May, 1987 80 out of 100 80
The Games Machine (UK) NES Apr, 1989 76 out of 100 76
Classic-games.net NES Jan 30, 2017 7 out of 10 70
GameCola.net NES Dec 13, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Retro Archives Sharp X68000 Nov 14, 2018 14 out of 20 70
Eurogamer.de Wii Mar 12, 2007 3 out of 5 60
Retro Archives Commodore 64 Nov 14, 2018 11.5 out of 20 58

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Trivia

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".

Awards

  • 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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