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Gradius II is a sequel to Gradius and Life Force, and is a horizontal space shooter composed of seven levels. Like in its predecessor, it is possible to collect power-ups from enemies and choose which type to use and when. This time, this system is enhanced with the option of choosing between four different power-up sequences, allowing the player to use different types of weapons against enemies. There is also the possibility to gain options, which are mysterious balls of fire that follows the player-controlled spaceship closely and mimic all its movements (including shots). While the player only could have two of them in the NES version of Gradius, it is now possible in all versions to have up to four.


Vulcan Venture TurboGrafx CD Upgrading before the real deal
Vulcan Venture TurboGrafx CD First level
Vulcan Venture TurboGrafx CD The good old Konami logo
Vulcan Venture TurboGrafx CD Title screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "グラディウスII GOFERの野望" -- Japanese spelling
  • "グラディウスII" -- Japanese NES spelling
  • "Gradius II: GOFER no Yabō" -- Japanese title / Wii title
  • "Gradius II" -- Japanese NES title
  • "アーケードアーカイブス グラディウスⅡ GOFERの野望" -- Japanese PS4 spelling
  • "Arcade Archives: Vulcan Venture" -- European PS4 title
  • "Arcade Archives: Gradius II - Gofer no Yabō" -- Japanese PS4 title
  • "Arcade Archives: Gradius II" -- US PS4 title

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Video Games Feb, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Edge Oct, 1993 8 out of 10 80
IGN Nov 04, 2008 8 out of 10 80


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Hong Sik Jeon (177) added Vulcan Venture (TurboGrafx CD) on Apr 02, 2008
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