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This is mostly the parody of Gradius (Nemesis on some systems), with some flavor from other shoot-em-ups, like Twinbee. The series is available on numerous platforms.

The game is a right-to-left scrolling shoot-em-up. You can choose from 4 different flying creatures, with different weapons. You must finish 7 stages, each having a boss at the end. You may start at either one, but must complete every level to advance to the final stage.


Parodius SNES Player Select
Parodius SNES Death of an Octopus!
Parodius SNES Title Screen (PAL / European version)
Parodius SNES Interrupting an octopus washing his hair is just rude

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Alternate Titles

  • "パロディウスだ! 神話からお笑いへ" -- Japanese SNES spelling
  • "Parodius: Non-Sense Fantasy" -- European SNES title
  • "Parodius Da!" -- Alternate title
  • "Parodius 1" -- Informal title

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Critic Reviews

Total! (Germany) May, 1994 1.25 out of 6 95
Joystick (French) Sep, 1992 94 out of 100 94
Nintendo Land 2003 93 out of 100 93
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1992 11 out of 12 92
Play Time 1993 92 out of 100 92
Power Play Sep, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Play Time 1993 88 out of 100 88
N-Force Sep, 1992 87 out of 100 87
Super Play (UK) Mar, 1993 86 out of 100 86
Power Unlimited Nov, 1993 8.2 out of 10 82


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Isn't the MSX version a different game? 2 Terok Nor (26757)
Nov 19, 2010


European version

There are a few changes in the European SNES version:
  • During the intro, a cigarette was removed
  • In the Japanese version, the clown enemies in stage two have a Christian cross. This was changed to a wind-up key.
  • A background picture of a naked woman in level three, a parody of The Birth of Venus, was removed.
  • The licking animations of the stage three bosses were removed.
  • The bunny costumes and ears of female enemies in stage seven were removed.
A detailed list of changes can be found on (German).


  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best SNES Game in 1992
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Handheld Game in 1992

J. Michael Bottorff (1783) added Parodius (SNES) on Sep 16, 2003
Other platforms contributed by ^LutheR^ (124), 666gonzo666 (61591) and Terok Nor (26757)