Gradius (Arcade)

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            Series : Gradius
         Developer : Konami
             Genre : Scrolling shoot 'em up
      Release Info : MiSTer implementation
          Hardware : Motorola 68000
                     Zilog Z80
        Other Tags : Greatest Covers
             Ports : Gradius (1986 NES)

not completed.


Scores - MiSTer:
 90600 ...........  on 2022-07-27

Scores - MAME:
 26100 ...........  on 2014-05-30
 25500 ...........  on 2014-05-29


  • This game has separate 'Fire' and 'Bomb' (missile) buttons. I learned that you can map both to the same button on the MiSTer by first defining all buttons except the 'Bomb' button, and then set up alternate controls and assigning 'Bomb' to the same controller button as 'Fire'.

Log entries

  • It is about time I give this classic arcade game a shot. Gradius is probably the prime inspiration for R-Type, my old favourite. I have a feeling that jumping into Gradius will be a brutal experience...
  • Got the score 25500 in MAME. I felt I did well - killed by the first boss rising from the volcanos. And then THERE ARE NO CONTINUES! Holy sh... That's hardcore.
  • 2014-05-30
  • Got the score 26100 in MAME. Still can't beat that first boss.
  • 2015-11-18
  • The japanese version of this game doesn't allow continues, but the US version named 'Nemesis' does. That should help a lot.
  • 2022-07-27
  • I have done a survey of the Gradius games. Nemesis (US) is the only version of the game (including home console versions) that has infinite continues with bonus power-ups when continuing. Continuing is still almost impossible, but at least you get a little extra help.
  • Got the score 90600 in MiSTer. My best score by far.

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