List of Gradius media

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This page lists all the video and arcade games from the Gradius series published by Konami between 1981 and 2006. The series consists of nine arcade and video games and eleven spin-offs and/or related titles.

For a general overview of the series, see Gradius.

Video games[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • NA 1985 (1985)
  • JP May 29, 1985 (1985-05-29)
  • EU September 1985 (1985-09)
Release years by system:
1985 – Arcade
2003 – Mobile
Notes:
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • NA August 1, 1988 (1988-08-01)
  • JP July 4, 1986 (1986-07-04)
  • EU 1986 (1986)
Release years by system:
1986 – Arcade
Notes:
  • Released as Life Force in North America.
  • Included as part of the Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus compilation for PlayStation and Sega Saturn in 1997.
  • Included as part of Salamander Portable for PlayStation Portable in 2007.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP August 22, 1987 (1987-08-22)
Release years by system:
1987 – MSX
Notes:
  • A remake entitled Nemesis '90 Kai was released in 1993 for the Sharp X68000 computer.
  • Included as part of Salamander Portable for PlayStation Portable in 2007.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP March 24, 1988 (1988-03-24)
  • EU 1988 (1988)
Release years by system:
1988 – Arcade Famicom
Notes:
  • Released as Vulcan Venture in Europe.
  • Ported for Famicom (the Japanese equivalent to a Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES) in Japan later the same year.
  • Included as part of Gradius Deluxe Pack for PlayStation, Sega Saturn and Microsoft Windows in 1996.
  • Included as part of Gradius Collection for PlayStation Portable in 2006.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP January 27, 1989 (1989-01-27)
Release years by system:
1988 – MSX
Notes:
  • Known as Gofer no Yabō Episode II in Japan.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP December 11, 1989 (1989-12-11)
Release years by system:
1989 – Arcade
Notes:
  • Ported to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991.
  • While the original arcade version was never released outside of Japan, it was included as part of Gradius III and IV for PlayStation 2 in 2000 and as part of Gradius Collection for PlayStation Portable in 2006.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP February 23, 1990 (1990-02-23)
  • NA April 1990 (1990-04)
  • EU 1991 (1991)
Release years by system:
1990 – Nintendo Game Boy
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP August 9, 1991 (1991-08-09)
  • NA January 1992 (1992-01)
  • EU 1992 (1992)
Release years by system:
1991 – Nintendo Game Boy
Notes:
  • Released with the subtitle Return of the Hero in Europe and in North America as Gradius: The Interstellar Assault.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP January 1996 (1996-01)
Release years by system:
1996 – Arcade
Notes:
  • Included as part of Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus for PlayStation and Sega Saturn in 1997.
  • Included as part of Salamander Portable for PlayStation Portable in 2007.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP August 28, 1997 (1997-08-28)
Release years by system:
1997 – PlayStation
Notes:
  • First title to be released exclusively for home consoles.
  • Original version was never released in North America or Europe.
  • Included as part of Gradius Collection for PlayStation Portable in 2006.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP February 4, 1999 (1999-02-04)
Release years by system:
1999 – Arcade
Notes:
  • Allowed players for a limited time to submit scores to an Internet-based ranking system.
  • Included as part of Gradius III and IV for PlayStation 2 in 2000 and Gradius Collection for PlayStation Portable in 2006.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • NA November 12, 2001 (2001-11-12)
  • JP January 17, 2002 (2002-01-17)
  • EU November 9, 2001 (2001-11-09)
Release years by system:
2001 – Game Boy Advance
Notes:
  • Released as Gradius Advance in Europe, and as Gradius Generation in Japan.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • NA September 14, 2004 (2004-09-14)
  • JP July 22, 2004 (2004-07-22)
  • EU October 8, 2004 (2004-10-08)
Release years by system:
2004 – PlayStation 2
Notes:
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP 2004 (2004)
Release years by system:
2004 – Japanese mobile phones
Notes:
  • Released exclusively for mobile phones in Japan.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP July 2004 (2004-07)
Release years by system:
2004 –[1] Japanese mobile phones
Notes:
  • Released exclusively for mobile phones in Japan.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • NA March 9, 2009 (2009-03-09)
  • JP September 2, 2008 (2008-09-02)
  • EU July 3, 2009 (2009-07-03)
Release years by system:
2008 – Wii
Notes:
  • Released as a WiiWare game.
  • An update was released for the game on the Wii Shop Channel free of charge. It improves some of the visuals and the scoring system, in addition to adding some new music and making changes to the levels.[2]

Spin-offs[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP October 21, 1987 (1987-10-21)
Release years by system:
1987 – Famicom Disk System
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP 1988 (1988)
Release years by system:
1988 - MSX
Notes:

Parody of the Gradius series.

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP 19?? (19??)
Release years by system:
19?? - Redemption Game
Notes:

A Redemption Game of the Gradius series.

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP August 4, 1989 (1989-08-04)
Release years by system:
1989 – Nintendo Entertainment System
Notes:
  • Strategy game based on the Gradius series.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP 1990 (1990)
Release years by system:
1990 - Arcade
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Original release date(s):
  • JP 1994 (1994)
Release years by system:
1994 - Arcade
Notes:
  • Known as Gokujō Parodius! ~Kako no Eikō o Motomete~ in Japan.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP 1995 (1995)
Release years by system:
1995 - Arcade
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP 1996 (1996)
Release years by system:
1996 - Arcade
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP 1997 (1997)
Release years by system:
1997 - PlayStation
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP July 1997 (1997-07)
  • NA 1997 (1997)
Release years by system:
1997 – Arcade
Notes:
  • An update titled Solar Assault Revised was released in late 1997.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP 1998 (1998)
Release years by system:
1998 – Pachislot
Notes:
  • Released exclusively for Pachislot in Japan.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP 2000 (2000)
Release years by system:
2000 – Pachinko
Notes:
  • Released exclusively for Pachinko in Japan.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP 2006 (2006)
Release years by system:
2006 – Pachinko
Notes:
  • Released exclusively for Pachinko in Japan.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP 2007 (2007)
Release years by system:
2007 – Arcade, Xbox 360
Notes:
  • Released exclusively for Arcade and Xbox 360 in Japan.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP September 2010 (2010-09)
Release years by system:
2010 – Japanese mobile phones
Notes:
  • Strategy game spinoff released exclusively for mobile phones in Japan.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP September 2010 (2010-09)
Release years by system:
2010 – Pachislot
Notes:
  • Released exclusively for Pachislot in Japan.
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP 2011 (2011)

  • NA 2011 (2011)
Release years by system:
2011 – Xbox 360
Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP July 2011 (2011-07)
Release years by system:
2011 – Pachislot
Notes:
  • Released exclusively for Pachislot in Japan.

Compilations and collections[edit]

The Gradius games have spawned a number of sequels. Being a prominent series in the shoot 'em up genre, the titles have become classics and thus have been repackaged and rebundled in several versions. These releases contain extra features and bonuses such as enhanced artwork, expanded soundtracks, and story materials.

Gokujō Parodius Da! Deluxe Pack[edit]

1994 — PlayStation, Sega Saturn

Gradius Deluxe Pack[edit]

1996 — PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Windows

Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus[edit]

1997 — PlayStation, Sega Saturn

Konami GB Collection[edit]

1997,2000 — Game Boy, Game Boy Color

  •  ?.
  • Never released in North America.

Gradius III and IV[edit]

2000 — PlayStation 2

  • Compilation of Gradius III and Gradius IV.
  • Includes an introductory CGI sequence.
  • Released in Japan with the subtitle ~Fukkatsu no Shinwa~ (lit. "Myth of Revival").

Gradius Collection[edit]

2006 — PlayStation Portable

Parodius Portable[edit]

2007 — PlayStation Portable

Salamander Portable[edit]

2007 — PlayStation Portable

Toys[edit]

  • Gradius Board Game
  • Parodius Plush, Grape, Purple, Blue and Pirate Penguin
  • zone of the enders vic viper
  • Gradius Portable Cleaner
  • Otomedius Cellphone
  • Otomedius Pin Aoba Anoa
  • Gradius Pins
  • Otomedius Big Doll
  • Otomedius Keyrings
  • Otomedius Action Figure

Video collections[edit]

Konami Video Collection Original Game BGV Konami Best Vol.1 — 1987 — VHS
  • This VHS Contain a TwinBee, Gradius & Contra.
Salamander — 1988 — VHS
Salamander Game Simulation Video — 1988 — VHS
  • An expert playthrough of Salamander.
Gradius III Game Simulation Video — 1991 — VHS
  • An expert playthrough of Gradius III.
King CGV Series Parodius Da! Shinwa Kara Owarai He — 1991 — VHS
Gamest Video Gokujo Parodius! — 1994 — VHS
Gradius V Options — 2004 — DVD
  • A promotional DVD given away with Gradius V in Japan as a bonus to preordering customers.
  • Contains interviews with the developers, an expert playthrough of stage five and an image gallery of enemies encountered in the game.
Gradius V Official DVD The Perfect — 2004 — DVD
  • Contains a complete set of "super-play" videos.
Gradius Breakdown — 2004 — DVD
  • A promotional DVD released shortly after Gradius V in North America as a preorder bonus.
  • Contains a series retrospective, enemy database, an interview with the game director and a collection of "super-play" videos.

Printed media[edit]

Gradius Complete Works — 1986 — ISBN 4-576-86067-4
  • Japanese title: グラディウス 裏ワザ大全集 別巻 (guradiusu urawaza daisenshō)
Gradius: Michi Tono Tatakai — 1986 — ISBN 4-575-76012-9
  • Japanese title: グラディウス―未知との戦い (guradiusu michi tono tatakai)
Gradius Hisshō Kōryaku Hō — 1986 — ISBN 4-575-15044-4
  • Japanese title: グラディウス 必勝攻略法 (Guradiusu hisshō kōryaku-hō)
Gradius II Bible — 1988 — ISBN 4-87655-025-5
  • Published by Konami.
  • Japanese title: グラディウスII バイブル (guradiusu II baiburu)
Gokujyō Parodius (1) Namie Iwao — 1995 — ISBN 4-88199-174-4
  • Japanese title: 極上パロディウス (1) 岩尾奈美恵 (Gokujō parodiusu (1 ) iwao namie)
Gradius II Perfect Technique Book — 1989 — ISBN 4-88658-133-1
  • Japanese title: グラディウス2完全攻略テクニックブック (guradiusu II kanzen kōryaku tekunikku bukku)
Gradius Portable Official Guide — 2006 — ISBN 4-86155-111-0
  • Published by Konami on March 28, 2006.
  • A 192-page book in colour with artwork, series history and guide for Gradius I-IV and Gradius Gaiden.
  • Japanese title: グラディウス ポータブル 公式ガイド ~レジェンド オブ I・II・III・IV・外伝~

Music albums[edit]

Original Sound of Gradius & Salamander: Battle Music Collection — 1987 — Compact disc
The Konamic Game Freaks — 1987 — Compact Disc
Beep Magazine Vol.3 - Konami Game Music Sono Sheet — 1987 — Compact Disc
SUITE GRADIUS Fantasia — 1988 — Cassette
  • Cassette Original Soundtrack by Konami Industry Co.,Ltd.
  • Released in Japan by Soundtrack by Apollon Music Industrial Corp. on November 21, 1988.
Space Odyssey Gradius II ~GOFER no Yabou~ — 1988 — Cassette
  • Soundtrack by Konami Industry Co.,Ltd for Gradius II.
  • Released in Japan by Soundtrack by Apollon Music Industrial Corp. on July 21, 1988.
Konami Game Music Special — 1988 — Compact Disc
  • Soundtrack by Konami Industry Co.,Ltd, contain a Gradius.
  • Released in Japan by Soundtrack by Apollon Music Industrial Corp. on August 25, 1988.
Konami Famicom Music Memorial Best Vol.1 — 1989 — Compact Disc
  • Soundtrack by Konami Industry Co.,Ltd for Gradius II.
  • Released in Japan by Soundtrack by Apollon Music Industrial Corp. on July 21, 1989.
Konami Special Music Senryoubako — 1990 — Compact Disc
Kukeiha Club — 1990 — Compact Disc
Gradius III — 1990 — Compact Disc
Perfect Selection Gradius — 1991 — Compact Disc
Perfect Selection Gradius — 1991 — Compact Disc
Perfect Selection Gradius Part 2 — 1992 — Compact Disc
Konami All-Stars 1993~Yume no Music Station — 1992 — Compact Disc
MIDI Power X68000 Collection ver 3.0 — 1993 — Compact Disc
Konami GM Hits Factory II — 1993 — Compact Disc
Gradius In Classic I & II — 1993 — Compact Disc
PERFECT SELECTION KONAMI SHOOTING BATTLE II — 1995 — Compact Disc
  •  ?.
  • Released in Japan by Konami Co., Ltd on November 22, 1995
Salamander 2 Original Game Soundtrack — 1996 — Compact Disc
Gradius Gaiden Original Game Soundtrack — 1997 — Compact Disc
Konami MSX Super Best Antiques — 1998 — Cassette
  • Soundtrack by Konami Industry Co.,Ltd for all games.
  • Released in Japan by Soundtrack by Apollon Music Industrial Corp. on September 23, 1988.
Gradius IV Fukkatsu Original Game Soundtrack — 1999 — Compact disc
Konami Game Music Vol.1 — 2000 — Compact Disc
  • A 1-disc soundtrack for ?.
  • Released in Japan by Konami on November 1, 2000.
  • One of a few soundtracks not composed by Konami Kukeiha Club, but by Japanese artist "Atsuki"
Gradius Arcade Soundtrack — 2002 — Compact Disc
  • A 2-disc collection of background music and arrangements by Konami Kukeiha Club.
  • Released in Japan by Konami Music Entertainment Inc. on April 24, 2002."
Salamander Arcade Soundtrack — 2003 — Compact Disc
Konami Music Masterpiece Collection — 2004 — Compact Disc
  •  ?.
  • Composed by Konami Kukeiha Club and released in Japan on October 1, 2004.
Gradius V Soundtracks — 2004 — Compact Disc
UNDER THE BLUE SKY ~include GRADIUS arrange~ — 2005 — Compact Disc
Legend of Game Music ~Premium Box~ — 2005 — Compact Disc
  • Released in Japan by Scitron Digital Contents. on March 24, 2005.
Gradius Tribute — 2006 — Compact Disc
  • Released in Japan by Konami Media Entertainment, Inc. on December 20, 2006.
Konami Addiction ~For Electro Lovers~ — 2008 — Compact Disc
  • Released in Japan by Konami Media Entertainment, Inc. on May 21, 2008.
GRADIUS house ReMix — 2009 — Compact Disc
GRADIUS THE SLOT ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK — 2011 — Compact Disc
KONAMI SHOOTING COLLECTION — 2011 — Compact Disc
  • Commercial Soundtrack of 10 CDs.
  • Released in Japan by Konami Media Entertainment, Inc. on September 22, 2011.

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