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The Gradius series, first introduced in 1985, is a series of scrolling shooter video games published by Konami for a variety of portable, console and arcade platforms, and has since its inception become synonymous with the phrase "Shoot the core!" [citation needed]. In many games in the series the player controls a ship known as the Vic Viper. Image File history File links Gradius_logo. ... 1985 1985 in games 1984 in video gaming 1986 in video gaming Notable events of 1985 in video gaming. ... Scrolling shooters are a type of video game, a subgenre of shoot em up . ... It has been suggested that Multiplayer game be merged into this article or section. ... Konami Corporation (コナミ) TYO: 9766 (NYSE: KNM) (SGX: K20) is a leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling computer and video games. ... Vic Viper, model T-301 as seen in Gradius V Vic Viper is the name of the protagonist space ship in the Gradius series of games by Konami. ...

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Recurring gameplay elements

There are several gameplay elements that are common to almost all the Gradius games. These include, but are not limited to:


Power meter

One of the defining characteristics of the Gradius series is the use of a power meter. The power meter is powered by a power-up item, whose purpose, when collected, is to move a highlight to the next power-up on the power meter. When a power-up that the player wants becomes highlighted, they may activate it, causing the highlight to move back to the beginning again. A picture of the selection bar from the arcade game Gradius. ... Power Up, the Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching Up is an organization with the stated mission to promote the visibility and integration of gay women in entertainment, the arts, and all forms of media. Power Up provided funding and assistance to the 2003 short film . ...


To continue the Gradius example: when the player collects a power-up item for the first time, the first power-up (a speed increase) becomes highlighted.

The player may now activate this power-up to increase their speed, in which case the meter will revert to its original unhighlighted state. If, however, the player does not activate the power-up, and collects another power-up item, the highlight moves to the next item, a missile. Image File history File links A picture of the selection bar from Gradius. ...

The player may now activate this to receive a missile weapon, again causing the bar to revert to its unhighlighted state, or choose to hold out for the next item, a double gun. Traditionally, the power-ups with greater effects are placed toward the end of the bar, so that the player must do more work to obtain them, although in some titles like Gradius III a harmful power-up exists at the end which will restore the default (weak) weapon configuration. Image File history File links A picture of the selection bar from Gradius. ... Gradius III , lit. ...


Other games using a similar power meter include Contra Force by Konami, Slap Fight by Toaplan, and Rare's Cobra Triangle. Contra Force is a platform/scrolling shooter video game that was released in 1992 by Konami for the NES. The game is a spin-off of Konamis popular Contra. ... Konami Corporation (コナミ) TYO: 9766 (NYSE: KNM) (SGX: K20) is a leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling computer and video games. ... Toaplan was a video game developer from Japan. ... Rare, Ltd. ... Cobra Triangle is a game released by Rare for the Nintendo Entertainment System following the success of their previous game, R.C. Pro-Am. ...


Weapon edit

Weapon edit, first introduced in Gradius III, allows players to construct a custom weapon route from the basic categories, such as missile and laser, and replace these accordingly with a variation of a weapon of their choice.


Core warships

The concept of the "Core" is a central part of Gradius. Cores are usually blue, glowing masses of energy hidden within large warships and protected by a series of barriers. All cores must be targeted in order to defeat a warship, which normally comprises several phases and often uses the terrain to its advantage. Additionally, the announcer taunts the player to "Destroy the core!" or "Shoot the core!" prior to an encounter - a feature that has since become a trademark of the series.


Moai

A moai boss from Gradius II
A moai boss from Gradius II

For reasons unknown, the famous Moai statues appear as enemies in the first game. They are mounted on either side of the ground (which are flat free-floating platforms) and fire a series of colorful rings at the Vic Viper. The weak point is at the mouth, when open. Because they face at an angle or lie flat on the ground, the up-facing Moai are best destroyed with missiles. Since then they have become so intertwined with the series it is not uncommon for them to cameo in other Konami games. There have even been four games where the Moai have even been a playable character. The first being in an action platform game with Konami characters called Konami Wai Wai World and a platform/puzzle named Moai-kun, both for the Famicom. After turning up in the PlayStation battle game Poy Poy, they later appeared in a racing game titled Konami Krazy Racers for the Game Boy Advance and in the fighting game DreamMix TV World Fighters for the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2. It should be noted that Moai are absent from Gradius V. Image File history File links Gradius2_02. ... Image File history File links Gradius2_02. ... Rano Raraku Moai Moai are statues carved from compressed volcanic ash on Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile. ... Gradius II Gofer no Yabō lit. ... Rano Raraku Moai Moai are statues carved from compressed volcanic ash on Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Chile. ... A player character or playable character (PC) is a fictional character in a game who is controlled or controllable by the player. ... Platform game, or platformer, is a video game genre characterized by jumping to and from suspended platforms. ... Wai Wai World (ワイワイワールド) is a 1988 Famicom platform game released only in Japan by Konami. ... The Nintendo Entertainment System (U.S., Europe, and Australia) NES redirects here. ... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... Poy Poy is a video game for the Sony PlayStation developed by Konami. ... A racing game is any game that involves competing in races through a surrogate playing piece or vehicle, either getting it from one point to another or completing a number of circuits in the shortest time. ... Konami Krazy Racers is a racing video game, published and developed by Konami, and was released for Game Boy Advance in 2001. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Screenshot of Kung Fu Master (1984, Irem). ... DreamMix TV World Fighters ) is a multiplayer fighting game published in 2003 (on the Nintendo GameCube) and again in 2005 (on the PlayStation 2). ... The Nintendo GameCube , GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... The PlayStation 2 , abbreviated PS2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ...


Easy final bosses

The undefended last boss from Gradius.
The undefended last boss from Gradius.

Unlike other scrolling shooters, as well as many video games in general, the final boss of most Gradius games (including its spin-offs) is surprisingly easy given the difficulty of the final stage and previous bosses. The final boss is usually brain-like in appearance and occasionally taunts the player in a brief "this is only the beginning"-type speech prior to destruction. They can usually be vanquished by shooting once at a number of cores without any retaliation from the boss. Image File history File links Gradius_03. ... Image File history File links Gradius_03. ... Flag Ship from the video game Gorf In video games, a boss is a particularly challenging computer-controlled character that must be defeated at the end of a segment of a game, whether it be for a level, an episode, or the very end of the game itself (final boss). ...


Multiple loops

After the credits roll at the end of the game, the game restarts at the first stage with the Vic Viper stripped of all power-ups. Each loop becomes progressively harder as enemies gain greater speed and projectile capabilities. This cycle normally continues up to the limit specified within the settings for arcade based titles and indefinitely for certain console versions until the player exhausts all reserve ships and chooses not to continue.


Boss Rush

First introduced in Gradius II, and in some instances referred to as 'Boss on Parade' - is a sequence of boss encounters where the player must fend off four or more Core Warships and in some cases biological entities, some of which are recreations of games preceding the current one.


Option Hunter

The Option Hunter (also called "Option Eater", "Option Thief" and "Multiple Muncher") appears from the left side of the screen at regular intervals if the player carries four Options. Before launching from the left, it briefly makes its presence known with a loud siren and temporarily mimics the player movement to better its chances of capturing Options. Unless the player takes evasive action, any or all Options may be removed.


Series

Gradius

Main article: Gradius (arcade game)

(1985) - Originally released as an arcade game, and later ported to other platforms. It is known to exist on the following platforms: Nintendo Famicom, Nintendo Entertainment System, MSX, NEC PC Engine, Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation, certain mobile phones, and computer (Saturn, Playstation and computer version are all packaged with Gradius 2 as Gradius Deluxe Pack), as well as a re-release of the NES version for Virtual Console). In some areas, Gradius was released under the name Nemesis. Gradius ) is a horizontally-scrolling shoot em up released by Konami in 1985 for video arcades. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... The Nintendo Entertainment System (U.S., Europe, and Australia) NES redirects here. ... NES redirects here. ... Sony MSX 1, Model HitBit-10-P MSX was the name of a standardized home computer architecture in the 1980s. ... The PC Engine was a video game console released by NEC, a Japanese company, in 1987. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ... SCE redirects here. ... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... A logo from Nintendos Virtual Console website Virtual Console, sometimes abbreviated as VC, is a video game download service that is currently offered by Nintendo for its Wii gaming console. ...


Important: "Gradius" (original arcade version) and "Vs. Gradius" (based on the Famicom/NES version) are two separate arcade versions of the same game, the difference being that the Vs. version had two sets of controls, where the original had one set shared by two players in turn.


Gradius 2 (MSX)

Main article: Gradius 2

The MSX Gradius 2 is unrelated to Gofer no Yabō (which used the Roman numeral 'II'). Instead of controlling Vic Viper, the available ship is called Metalion (N322). This game also has some semblance of a storyline, which it is told by cut-scenes. The gameplay is mostly unchanged from the rest of the series, though there are some powerups that temporally gives the ship some enhancements. In addition, when the bosses are being defeated, if the Metalion flies where they are, a mini-level can be accessed in order to obtain new permanent upgrades, assured that the mini levels are successfully cleared. This version was ported to the Sharp X68000 computer under the name Nemesis '90 Kai, with a number of graphical and aural enhancements. Gradius 2, (Nemesis 2 if the game cartridge was inserted into a non Japanese/Korean MSX computer), is a video game released for the MSX computer in 1987 by Konami. ... Sony MSX 1, Model HitBit-10-P MSX was the name of a standardized home computer architecture in the 1980s. ... The Sharp X68000, often referred to as the X68K, was a home computer released only in Japan. ...


Gradius II

Main article: Gradius II

(1988) - Fully titled グラディウスⅡ ~GOFERの野望~ Gradius II: Gofer no Yabō ("Gradius II: The Ambition of Gofer"). Originally released as an arcade game, and later ported to other platforms. This version is completely different from the MSX Gradius 2 mentioned above. In Europe, Gradius II was released under the name Vulcan Venture. The MSX version was released as ゴーファーの野望 -EPISODE II- Gofer no Yabō Episode II to distinguish it from the earlier Gradius sequel for the MSX and was retitled Nemesis 3: The Eve of Destruction in Europe. The MSX game has extra options, like the ability to choose between ships. A catchy tune from the first level in the game, entitled "Burning Heat", became popular as a remix in the Dance Dance Revolution series on the PlayStation 2/Xbox/Arcade with the changing background featuring 3D renderings of the Vic Viper flying around, shooting enemies, as well as the arches of fire that come out from the meteors in the first level. Gradius II Gofer no Yabō lit. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Dance Dance Revolution (1stMIX), Dance Dance Revolution 2ndMIX, Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMIX, Dance Dance Revolution 4thMIX, Dance Dance Revolution 5thMIX, DDRMAX: Dance Dance Revolution 6thMIX, DDRMAX2: Dance Dance Revolution 7thMIX, Dance Dance Revolution EXTREME, Dance Dance Revolution BEST HITS, Dance Dance Revolution EXTRA MIX, Dance... A 3D rendering with raytracing and ambient occlusion using Blender and Yafray 3D computer graphics are works of graphic art created with the aid of digital computers and 3D software. ...


This game was never released in North America in any form, except for its inclusion in the PSP title Gradius Collection. Instead, Life Force, known as Salamander in Japan, was marketed as the sequel to Gradius. The PlayStation Portable (officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... Gradius Collection (known as Gradius Portable in Japan) is a compilation of five of Konamis Gradius arcade and video games released for the PlayStation Portable in 2006. ... Salamander ) is a scrolling shooter arcade game developed by Konami in 1986. ...


Gradius III

Main article: Gradius III

(1989) - Fully titled グラディウスIII -伝説から神話へ - Gradius III: Densetsu kara Shinwa e (which literally translates to "Gradius III: From Legend to Myth") in Japan. Originally released as an arcade game, and later ported to other platforms. This game introduced the "edit mode" method of selecting weapons, which allowed players to create their own weapon array by choosing power-ups from a rather limited pool of available weapon types (some weapons in the preset weapon types are not selectable in Edit Mode, although it includes weapons not in any presets). The SNES/SFC version is not a very accurate port; levels, enemies, and weapons were altered. For example, two entire stages were cut from the Super NES version: a 3D stage which involved avoiding hitting cave walls from a unique first-person perspective behind the Vic Viper, and a crystal stage in which the Vic Viper was challenged by crystal blocks blocking off areas like a maze. Also, the order of stages was changed. The final stage in the SNES version was based on an early stage in the arcade version. The original arcade version's ending had the main boss in a mechanical setting, then going through a speed-up zone to escape the enemy base, where the SNES version had the player simply avoiding the final enemy's laughably simple and slow-moving attack patterns with no challenge afterward. However, the SNES version introduced the Rotate and Formation Option types, both of which were reused in Gradius V. The difficulty and major boss tactics were toned down to make it easier. In a sense, it's almost a remix of the arcade game. The original arcade version is available for PlayStation 2 bundled with Gradius IV (Gradius III and IV), although the port has some slight differences from the original. Preferences between SNES/SFC and arcade versions vary among fans. Gradius III , lit. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, also known as Super Nintendo, Super NES or SNES (pronounced either as a word or acronym), is a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Brazil, Europe, and Australia. ...


Nemesis

Main article: Nemesis (video game)

(1990) - The first Gradius for a portable system, in this case Nintendo's Game Boy. The name Nemesis was kept for the game's worldwide release. It combined elements from Gradius and Gradius II, as well as some all-new features. Nemesis is the first portable game in the Gradius series, released for the Game Boy in 1990. ... The Game Boy ) line is a line of battery-powered handheld game consoles sold by Nintendo. ...


Gradius: The Interstellar Assault

Main article: Gradius: The Interstellar Assault

(1991) - Another Gradius game exclusively for the Game Boy. It was one of the larger Game Boy carts in existence at the time (2-Megabits), and was completely different from the rest of the series - most of them used music, enemies, bosses and even levels from previous games in the series, but this one did not, except for the boss music from the first Gradius game with the addition of a small original part to the piece. A little bit of the "between levels" music from Gradius III can also be found at the very first part of the game. It was released as Nemesis II in Japan and as Nemesis II: Return of the Hero in Europe. 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Megabit is a unit of information storage, abbreviated Mbit or sometimes Mb. ...


Gradius Gaiden

Main article: Gradius Gaiden

(1997) - The first Gradius produced exclusively for a home console. This is also the only Gradius game (other than GOFER no Yabou Episode II on the MSX) where players can select which ship they wish to use. Gradius Gaiden includes the Lord British Space Destroyer from Salamander and two (relative) newcomers -- the Jade Knight and the Falchion β(a variation of the ship from the Famicom Disk System game Falsion). It was originally released for the Sony PlayStation console and ported in 2006 as part of Gradius Collection for the PlayStation Portable. Gradius Gaiden (Japanese: グラディウス外伝, lit. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Famicom Disk System, attached to a late-model AV Famicom The Family Computer Disk System (FCD) was released on February 21, 1986 by Nintendo as a peripheral to their overwhelmingly popular Family Computer (Famicom) console in Japan. ... The PlayStation Portable (officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ...


Gradius IV

Main article: Gradius IV Fukkatsu

(1999) - Released in Japanese arcades as "Gradius IV Fukkatsu" (Fukkatsu being Japanese for "revival", since it was the first arcade Gradius game in 10 years, following Gradius III), Gradius IV was the first Gradius game ported to the PlayStation 2. IV lacked the Weapon Edit function of its predecessor, but it had a bigger array of weaponry than the original Gradius games. Weapons exclusive to this game included the Vertical Mine missile (which detonates in a vertical line shortly after deployment) and the Armor Piercing laser (a shorter, more powerful laser). Released on the PS2 as a compilation pack together with the arcade version of Gradius III ("Gradius III & IV"). Gradius IV Fukkatsu (Japanese: グラディウスIV~復活~, lit. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The PlayStation 2 , abbreviated PS2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ...


Gradius Galaxies

Main article: Gradius Galaxies

(2001) - The first Gradius to be created by a development team other than Konami's own internal teams (by Mobile 21 Studios, to be exact). It exists for the Game Boy Advance. It is known as Gradius Advance in Europe, and as Gradius Generation in Japan. The Japanese version, being the last to be released, has a number of exclusive challenge modes added that the other versions did not, and includes an additional invisible 5000 point bonus in one of the levels. Gradius Galaxies (J: グラディウスジェネレーション (Gradius Generation),E: Gradius Advance) is a horizontally-scrolling shooter handheld video game developed by Konami in 2001. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Gradius V

Main article: Gradius V

Gradius V was released in September 2004 for the PlayStation 2. Graphics are rendered in full 3D, although gameplay is still mostly 2D; some areas change the position and perspective of the camera to emphasize the 3D environment. Gradius V ) is a 2004 video game by Konami of the scrolling shooter variety, and the latest title in the Gradius series of games. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The PlayStation 2 , abbreviated PS2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ... 2D computer graphics is the computer-based generation of digital images—mostly from two-dimensional models (such as 2D geometric models, text, and digital images) and by techniques specific to them. ...


It was the first official Gradius sequel to be released exclusively on a home console. Treasure Co. Ltd (developers of the classic games Gunstar Heroes, Guardian Heroes, Radiant Silvergun and Ikaruga, among others) assisted Konami in Gradius V development. In Japanese first press limited edition, the game included a book indicating inner design, the background, and the roadmap of Vic Viper series (i.e. Vic Viper is the name of a ship series, rather than a single ship). This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Gunstar Heroes ) is a run and gun video game released in 1993 by Treasure Co. ... Guardian Heroes was a 2D side-scrolling, beat em up video game in the vein of Double Dragon. ... Radiant Silvergun is a vertically-scrolling shooter video game, developed by Treasure Co. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


A notable feature of Gradius V is the ability to select between different kinds of Option (called Multiples in the American release). There are four types:

  • Freeze - follows the Vic Viper and can be made to 'freeze' in their current configuration.
  • Directional - follows the Vic Viper and can be made to fire in any direction.
  • Spacing - keeps position above or below the Vic Viper and can be pushed away or pulled toward the ship.
  • Rotate - follows the Vic Viper and can be made to orbit the ship.

Gradius V also features a simultaneous cooperative two player mode, the second game in the series to do so (fourth counting the Salamander/Life Force games).


Gradius (Next-generation)

A new Gradius game was announced at the 2005 Tokyo Game Show [1] for the PlayStation 3. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Booths at the Tokyo Game Show in 2004 The Tokyo Game Show , or simply TGS) is a video game expo / convention held in Tokyo, Japan. ... PlayStation 3 , trademarked PLAYSTATION®3,[8] commonly abbreviated PS3) is Sony Computer Entertainments seventh-generation video game console, third in the PlayStation series. ...


Spin-offs of the Gradius series

Parodius

Main article: Parodius series
A boss battle from Gokujō Parodius! ~Kako no Eikō o Motomete~, showing a moai shooting moai out of "her" mouth.

The Parodius series, started in 1988, also made by Konami, is similar to Gradius, but with more cartoony settings. The name is a portmanteau of "parody" and "Gradius". Many of the mainstays of the Gradius series are included, albeit in a parodied format; this includes neon-colored core warships, effeminate moai, and large dancing women as bosses. Early games focused mainly on parodying Gradius games, but more recent games have poked fun at other Konami franchises, including Castlevania and Ganbare Goemon. The games offer a large number of different characters to use, each with different weapons. The characters consist of ones created for the series, such as Takosuke, and popular Konami characters like Pentarou and Upa. Vic Viper also makes an appearance in all of the series. Typical gameplay, taken from Parodius Da! The Parodius series is a series of horizontally-scrolling shooters developed by Konami. ... Image File history File links Gokujou_Parodius!_screenshot. ... Image File history File links Gokujou_Parodius!_screenshot. ... Gokujō Parodius! ~Kako no Eikō o Motomete~ , lit. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Castlevania is a video game series, created and developed by Konami. ... Ganbare Goemon (known as Legend of the Mystical Ninja in North America and Europe), is a prolific video game series produced by Konami. ... Konami Corporation (コナミ) TYO: 9766 (NYSE: KNM) (SGX: K20) is a leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling computer and video games. ... Pentarou, a Konami protagonist. ... The abbreviation UPA has several meanings: United Productions of America, USA-based animation studio Ukrayinska Povstanska Armia (Ukrainian Insurgent Army), a Ukrainian nationalist partisan organization during and after the World War II Uralic Phonetic Alphabet United Progressive Alliance A political coalition ruling India, as of 2005 University Preparatory Academy of...


Salamander

Salamander (1986) is set in the same universe as Gradius. The game is noteworthy for a number of reasons. Most prominently, the game switches between horizontal and vertical stages, one of the first games of its kinds. Also, Salamander was one of the first shooters to include simultaneous two player games. Salamander ) is a scrolling shooter arcade game developed by Konami in 1986. ...


The first player ship is Gradius's own Vic Viper ship, while the second ship is the Lord British space destroyer (sometimes called the "RoadBritish").


Unlike Gradius, Salamander uses a more conventional weapons system, with enemies leaving a wide-variety of distinct power-ups. The NES version of Salamander, called Life Force in North America (and marketed in that region as the "sequel" to the first Gradius), and the MSX port, used the more traditional power-up bar used in the Gradius series. There also exists an arcade game named Life Force that is identical to Salamander released in Japanese arcades the same year, except that a Gradius-style power-up bar is used instead of conventional power-up items, and the stages were recolored slightly and given some voiceovers to make the mission about travelling inside someone's body, rather than through space; stages took on names such as 'Kidney Zone' and 'Stomach'. An American release was also made, but it retained the original power-up system of Salamander, though it was renamed, rather confusingly, as Life Force. NES redirects here. ... Sony MSX 1, Model HitBit-10-P MSX was the name of a standardized home computer architecture in the 1980s. ...


Salamander 2

Main article: Salamander 2

Salamander 2 (1996) is the follow-up for Salamander. Had several interesting features, such as the Option Shot, the ability to launch the Options as homing projectiles. After firing, an Option would revert to a smaller, less powerful unit called an Option Seed, which revolves around the ship firing the default shot. Weaponry includes Twin Laser, Ripple Laser, and standard Laser. Like its predecessor, Salamander 2 uses a power-up system, rather than the Life Meter. Upon acquiring a second power-up of the same type, your weapons are twice as powerful for a short duration (~10 seconds). The game features variations of previous Salamander bosses, such as the Golem and Tetran. Salamander 2 ) is a scrolling shooter arcade game developed by Konami in 1996. ...


Salamander 2's final boss, known as "Giga," is one of the very few final bosses of Gradius-based games to actually provide challenge, compared to the easy-to-defeat "joke" final bosses of most Gradius games.


All three Salamander arcade games (Salamander, Life Force, Salamander 2) have been ported to the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus. It was released only in Japan. Salamander ) is a scrolling shooter arcade game developed by Konami in 1986. ... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ...


Solar Assault

Main article: Solar Assault

Solar Assault is an arcade 3D rail shooter in the lines of Star Fox or Panzer Dragoon, with Gradius's settings. As usual, Vic Viper makes an appearance here. This game was very obscure and was never ported to any console system. Solar Assault ) is a three-dimensional shoot em up released by Konami in 1997. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Star Fox ) (also known as Star Wing in Europe due to trademark issues) is the first game in the Star Fox series of video games. ... Panzer Dragoon is a series of video games by SEGA, created first by its internal Team Andromeda and later, the Smilebit development team. ...


Trivia

  • A number of Konami titles including Gradius, Parodius Da! -Shinwa kara Owarai e- and Salamander have the default high score set at 57300. The first three digits, 573, is a play of words in Japanese and can be read as "Konami" -- "5" is "go" ("ko"), "7" is "nana" ("na"), and an alternative reading for "3" is "mi".

Parodius Da! -Shinwa kara Owarai e- , lit. ... Salamander ) is a scrolling shooter arcade game developed by Konami in 1986. ... High score of the Commodore 64 game Great Giana Sisters. ...

External links

  • Gradius Home World
  • Gradius Base
  • Gradius Army
  • Extensive article on the formula of Gradius games
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Gradius was released in North America and Europe as Nemesis.
While this is a well-known feature among Gradius fans, many video game enthusiasts more closely associate the Konami Code with the NES version of Contra, a later Konami game in which the code can be entered at the title screen to grant the player 30 lives.
The first level of Gradius is available as a mini-game in the Super NES game Legend of the Mystical Ninja.
Gradius II - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (695 words)
Gradius II never saw availability in North America until the release of Gradius Collection for the PlayStation Portable, instead, the Life Force conversion of the spin-off title Salamander was marketed as the sequel to Gradius.
Gradius II has kept the famous gameplay from the original game, but infused it with enhancements brought from the spin-off, Salamander, and the Japanese arcade release of Life Force.
Gradius II was later re-released in the Gradius Deluxe Pack for the Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn and Microsoft Windows in 1996.
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