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Genre(s)Scrolling shooter, Turn-based strategy
Platform(s)Arcade, MSX, X68000, PC Engine, Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Super Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Mobile Phone, PlayStation Portable, Virtual Console (Wii and Wii U), Project EGG (from Windows Store)
First releaseParodius: The Octopus that Saves the Earth
April 28, 1988
Latest releaseGokuraku Parodius A
November 2010

The Parodius (パロディウス, Parodiusu) series is a series of horizontally scrolling shooters developed by Konami. The games are tongue-in-cheek parodies of Gradius, hence the name (Parodius is a portmanteau of Parody and Gradius). It also parodies many other Konami franchises, including Antarctic Adventure, Castlevania, Xexex, Axelay,[citation needed] Thunder Cross, Taisen Puzzle-Dama, Space Manbow, Ganbare Goemon, Lethal Enforcers, Tokimeki Memorial and TwinBee.


Release timeline
1988The Octopus Saves the Earth
1990From Myth to Laughter
1994Fantastic Parodius
1995Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius
1996Sexy Parodius
1997Paro Wars
1998Little Pirates
2000CR Parodius Da!
2004CR Saikoro Tin Douty
2006CR Gokujyou Parodius!
2010Gokuraku Parodius

There are six games in the Parodius series (arranged by title, year of debut and original platform) In addition, three Pachislot games based on the characters were released in 1988 and 2010.:

Numerous ports have been created. The Octopus Saves the Earth was converted to mobile phones, to Virtual Console of the Wii and Wii U and to Project EGG from Windows Store. Parodius Da! -Shinwa kara Owarai e- was ported to the Game Boy, Famicom (NES), Super Famicom (SNES), PC Engine, PlayStation and Sega Saturn. Gokujō Parodius! was ported to the Super Famicom, PlayStation and Saturn. The PlayStation and Saturn versions were a combined release of Parodius Da! -Shinwa kara Owarai e- and Gokujō Parodius! called Gokujō Parodius Da! Deluxe Pack. The last two titles were also released on both the PlayStation and Sega Saturn.

A compilation of all Parodius games (with the exception of Paro Wars) titled Parodius Portable have been released for the Sony PSP as a UMD release on January 2007 in Japan.

The first three episodes of the series were released in Japan for cell phones.

Only a few of the games were released outside Japan: Parodius Da! -Shinwa kara Owarai e- and Gokujō Parodius! were released in Europe (as Parodius and Fantastic Journey respectively), but none of the games were released in the United States. Konami general manager Nagata Akihiki stated that the Parodius games are too specific to the Japanese market to be released worldwide.[1]

There is also a spin-off named Paro Wars. This game is a turn-based strategy game based on Cosmic Wars, which plays similar to the Nintendo Wars series. Aside from Pentarou, only some of the Parodius-native characters (Octopus and the like) appear in this game.

In July 1998, it was released a Parodius themed pachislot machine named Little Pirates (リトルパイレーツ, ritorupairētsu).

Finally, two pachislot machines, Gokuraku Parodius and Gokuraku Parodius A, were released in September 2010.

In addition, several pachinko machines based on Parodius universe were released in Japan, such as CR Parodius Da in 2000, CR Saikoro Tin Douty in 2004 and CR Gokujō Parodius in 2006.

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  1. ^ "Konami". Next Generation. No. 19. Imagine Media. July 1996. p. 70.

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