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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.


Gradius III Arcade Intro #2
Gradius III Arcade Stage 7 Boss 1 "Wyvern"
Gradius III Arcade Stage 8 Boss "Bloating Weed" #1
Gradius III SNES These bubbles are toughing the Vic Viper's way!

Promo Images

Gradius III Screenshot
Gradius III Screenshot
Gradius III Screenshot
Gradius III Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "宇宙巡航机III" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "グラディウスIII~伝説から神話ヘ~" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Gradius III - The Outbreak" -- SNES in manual title
  • "Arcade Archives: Gradius III" -- PS4 / Switch title

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User Reviews

I love this game! SNES DudeOfMonson (118)

Critic Reviews

Jaded Gamer, The SNES Sep 22, 2003 95 out of 100 95
Raze SNES May, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Nintendo Land SNES 2003 91 out of 100 91
Hardcore Gaming 101 SNES 2000 9 out of 10 90
1UP! SNES May 16, 2006 89 out of 100 89
Quebec Gamers SNES Jul 04, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
8-bit Central Retro Gaming SNES 2014 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Total! (Germany) SNES Jan, 1995 2 out of 6 80
GameSpot Wii Apr 25, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Power Play SNES Mar, 1991 57 out of 100 57


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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.

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