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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 NES Title screen
Vulcan Venture Arcade Stage 4 "Volcano" - Part 2
Vulcan Venture Arcade Final Cutscene Part #5
Vulcan Venture Arcade Power Meter Select

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 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 Game Den NES Feb 27, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Top Secret NES Feb, 1994 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Mag'64 Wii Mar 08, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Video Games TurboGrafx CD Feb, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Quebec Gamers NES Oct 17, 2007 8.3 out of 10 83 (UK) Wii May 02, 2008 8 out of 10 80
HonestGamers NES Jan 12, 2013 8 out of 10 80
VideoGame NES May, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Edge TurboGrafx CD Oct, 1993 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Arcade May, 1988 8 out of 10 80


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