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In the year 6664 Dr. Venom, the director of the Space Science Agency, was exiled to the planet Sard for his involvement in a failed rebellion and illegal scientific activities. One year later, he joined forces with the Bacterion invaders, escaped Sard, and took control of the space surrounding the planet Gradius. In 6666, the local government sends Colonel James Burton on the newest hyperspace fighter known as Metalion. The goal is clear: stop Dr. Venom and the Bacterion army before they conquer the planet.

Nemesis 2 (Gradius 2 in Japan) is a side-scrolling shoot-em-up. The gameplay is for the most part similar to that of Gradius. The player-controlled ship can alternate between three main weapons: Missile, Double, and Laser. Extra weapons such as various types of lasers, napalm missiles, reflex ring, and back beam can be collected as power-ups and equipped. In addition, special power-ups can be acquired, their effects ranging from slowing down enemies to turning the Metalion into an invincible drill-like machine for a brief amount of time. Boss battles are followed by optional mini-stages, which grant the player new weapons if completed successfully.


Nemesis 2 MSX Starting in wild open space
Nemesis 2 MSX Dangerous fire balls...
Nemesis 2 MSX Dr. Venom - note the fore head - (European release)
Nemesis 2 MSX Shoot your way through.

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Alternate Titles

  • "宇宙巡航机II" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Gradius 2" -- Japanese title
  • "グラディウス2" -- Japanese spelling

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) MSX Dec, 1987 10.2 out of 12 85
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Combining cartridges

Nemesis 2 on the MSX contains unlockables by inserting certain Konami game cartridges in the second cartridge slot.

Inserting Penguin Adventures in the second cartridge slot turns the normal Vic Viper spaceship into a penguin, powerups turn into fishes and blue powerups turn into birds. Inserting Knightmare 2 allows you to restore your power-ups after you loose a life. Inserting Q-Bert allows you to use cheat codes on pause screen.
Contributed to by Michael Cassidy (21120) and koffiepad (10504)