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Genre(s)Cute 'em up, turn-based strategy
Platform(s)Arcade, Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Mobile, MSX, PC Engine, PlayStation, PlayStation Portable, Sega Saturn, Super Famicom, X68000
First releaseParodius: The Octopus Saves the Earth
April 28, 1988
Latest releaseParo Wars
September 25, 1997

Parodius[a] is a series of cute 'em ups developed and published by Konami. The games are tongue-in-cheek parodies of Gradius, and also feature characters from many other Konami franchises.[1]

Video games[edit]

There are six games in the Parodius series. The last of them, Paro Wars, is a spin-off strategy game.[2]

The only games released outside Japan are From Myth to Laughter and Fantastic Journey, which received European localizations. None of them were released in the Americas.[3]

Parodius games have been ported to several different platforms, including arcade machines, mobile phones, and home consoles.

Year International title Transcribed Japanese title Original platform
1988 Parodius: The Octopus Saves the Earth Parodiusu: Tako wa Chikyū o Sukuu MSX
1990 Parodius! From Myth to Laughter Parodiusu Da! Shinwa kara Owarai Arcade
1994 Fantastic Journey Gokujō Parodiusu - Kako no Eikō o Motomete Arcade
1995 Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodiusu Super Famicom
1996 Sexy Parodius Sekushī Parodiusu Arcade
1997 Paro Wars Parowōzu PlayStation


Year International title Transcribed Japanese title Games included Platforms
1994 Parodius Gokujō Parodiusuda! Derakkusupakku From Myth to Laughter
Fantastic Journey
Sega Saturn
2007 Parodius Portable Parodiusu Pōtaburu All except for Paro Wars PSP

Pachinko machines[edit]

In addition to the video games, a number of Parodius-themed pachinko mechanical games have been released in Japan:

  • Little Pirates (1998)
  • CR Parodius Da! EX (2000)
  • CR Parodius Da! ZE (2000)
  • CR Parodius Da! 2 (2000)
  • CR Saikoro Chindōchū (2004)
  • CR Gokujō Parodius! (2006)
  • Gokuraku Parodius (2010)
  • Gokuraku Parodius A (2010)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Japanese: パロディウス, Hepburn: Parodiusu


  1. ^ "Parodius". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Paro Wars". IGDB. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  3. ^ Scullion, Chris (2019-03-30). The NES Encyclopedia: Every Game Released for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Yorkshire: Pen and Sword. p. 143. ISBN 978-1-5267-3782-3.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)