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Nemesis 3 (Gradius 3 in Japan) is a horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up. Shooting at certain enemies will leave a power up pod behind, which can be collected to add more power to the player-controlled space ship (for example special weapons or a force field). Every level features a wide variety of enemies trying to stop the protagonist, with a large boss at the end. Gameplay is for one player or two players alternating. The plot of the game focuses on the planet Gradius, which is involved in three space wars: versus Bacterion, Venom and Salamander.


Nemesis 3: The Eve of Destruction MSX Japanese title screen
Nemesis 3: The Eve of Destruction MSX Dangerous pulsar beams!
Nemesis 3: The Eve of Destruction MSX Collect the pods for power ups and special weapons
Nemesis 3: The Eve of Destruction MSX Space Ship Stats

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Alternate Titles

  • "ゴーファーの野望 エピソードII" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Gofer no yabō: Episode II" -- Japanese title

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The Games Machine (UK) Mar, 1989 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1989 9 out of 12 75


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MSX version

This game changes the palette of colors in MSX 2, making it more attractive. It contains the Japanese language for Japanese computers and English language for the rest. Also it changes the display screen in both versions in a same cartridge that detects the language of the computer, reading the BIOS. Also, this game is one of the few MSX games to contain the SCC sound chip (5 channels of wavetablesound).
koffiepad (10514) added Nemesis 3: The Eve of Destruction (MSX) on Oct 17, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (21144)