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Gradius is a series of horizontal shoot 'em up games developed and published by Konami.

Overview

First introduced in 1986, the series is mainly known by it's unique power-up system, which involves collecting power capsules that will highlight a weapon in the power meter. By pressing a second button, the player can activate the highlighted weapon in the power meter. In almost all games the player controls the Vic Viper, which fights against the Bacterian Empire. The most recurring enemies include the Moai, which have since became Konami's pseudo-mascot, and the Core Warships, bosses comprised of a core protected by multiple barriers and which are always preceded by the announcer urging the player to "destroy the core".

Games

Main Titles

Nemesis

Salamander

Compilations

Slot Machines

Other Media

Board Game

Mangas

Anime

See also

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