Gradius III (SNES)

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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 SNES These indestructible arms are a huge pain
Gradius III SNES You've made a good score! Then put your name and other things in this "different" score screen!
Gradius III SNES The main attack: sucking you in while shooting at you with its "arms"
Gradius III SNES Plant stage. Watch out for the bulbous spore sack.

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Alternate Titles

  • "宇宙巡航机III" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "グラディウスIII~伝説から神話ヘ~" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Gradius III - The Outbreak" -- SNES in manual title

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Critic Reviews

Jaded Gamer, The Sep 22, 2003 95 out of 100 95
Raze May, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Hardcore Gaming 101 2000 9 out of 10 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Mar, 1991 880 out of 1000 88
Quebec Gamers Jul 04, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Aug, 1991 32 out of 40 80
HonestGamers Jan 13, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Mar, 1991 72 out of 100 72 Feb 01, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Génération 4 Feb, 1991 56 out of 100 56


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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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Andrew Price (7) added Gradius III (SNES) on Feb 07, 2004
Other platforms contributed by NewRisingSun (970) and gamewarrior (5091)