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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 Arcade Stage 7 "Boss Rush" - Part 1 "Big Core"
Vulcan Venture Arcade Title screen ("Gradius II: Gofer no Yabô", Japan release)
Vulcan Venture TurboGrafx CD Upgrading before the real deal
Vulcan Venture Sharp X68000 This is the first Gradius game to feature the Option Hunter which, as the name suggests, steals Options from the player

Promo Images

Vulcan Venture Screenshot
Vulcan Venture Screenshot
Vulcan Venture Screenshot
Vulcan Venture Screenshot

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 / Switch spelling
  • "Arcade Archives: Vulcan Venture" -- European PS4 / Switch title
  • "Arcade Archives: Gradius II - Gofer no Yabō" -- Japanese PS4 / Switch title
  • "Arcade Archives: Gradius II" -- US PS4 / Switch title

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Critic Reviews

1UP! NES May 16, 2006 92 out of 100 92
Sinclair User Arcade Jul, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Mag'64 Wii Mar 08, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Quebec Gamers NES Oct 17, 2007 8.3 out of 10 83
IGN TurboGrafx CD Nov 04, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Commodore User Arcade May, 1988 8 out of 10 80
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) NES Jan 12, 2013 8 out of 10 80
VideoGame NES May, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retro Archives Sharp X68000 Sep 26, 2020 15.5 out of 20 78
Your Sinclair Arcade Jun, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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