Paro Wars (パロウォーズ?) is a turn-based strategy video game produced by Konami on September 1997 in Japan only (re-release as part of Konami the Best series in December 1999). It features characters and events based upon the popular Parodius series of video games, which in turn is a parody of the long running Gradius series. It is the last installment of the Parodius series and is the Parodius equivalent to Cosmic Wars, a turn-based strategy game set in the Gradius universe, or R-Type Tactics, set in the R-Type universe.
The "second great world war Parodius" that led the world into a fit of laughter ended more than 50 years ago. Three military organizations: "The Alliance Penta", "Organization Koitsu and Aitsu" and "Alliance Araji" will control each other in secret, and as a result of peace is maintained through this exquisite balance. However, this stability began to alter when a mysterious cat named John Myan Jiro begins to interfere in these relationships. Win the "third great war of the world Parodius" for peace and honor of your country!
The object of Paro Wars is to utilize an army composed of Parodius characters (penguins, octopuses, etc.) and battle enemies on various 3D-rendered battlefields. There are many different unit types, ranging from troops, to planes, to tank-like vehicles. A single scenario may take multiple hours to complete.
The Alliance Penta
- King Pentaro III (ペン太郎キング3世, Pen Tarō Kingu 3-sei) (a.k.a. Pentaro) - Voiced by Fuyumi Shiraishi
- Hanako - Voiced by Saeko Shimazu
- Hikaru - Voiced by Yuko Nagashima
- Akane - Voiced by Mariko Onodera
- Poti - Voiced by Shigeru Chiba
Organization Koitsu and Aitsu
- Takosuke Jr. (A.タコスケJr.) - Voiced by Toshiko Fujita
- Belial - Voiced by Mami Kingetsu
- Anna Pavlova - Voiced by Keiko Toda
- Empress Yoshiko VII (よしこ女帝7世, Yoshiko nyotei 7-sei) (a.k.a. Yoshiko) - Voiced by Shigeru Chiba
- Michael Abu IV (ミカエル・アブゥ4世, Mikaeru abu~u 4-sei) (a.k.a. Michael) - Voiced by Rica Matsumoto
- John Nyan Jiro - Voiced by Isamu Tanonaka
- Pentaro X - Led by Pentaro
- Bunny-Chan - Led by Hikaru
- Yattabau - Led by Poti
- Giant Koitsu - Led by Koitsu
- Rakki-Kun - Led by Takosuke Jr.
- Melora - Led by Anna Pavlova
- Buta Shio MK II - Led by Michael
- Big Thunder Moai - Led by Yoshiko
- Teio Nyamu - Led by John Nyan Jiro
- A board game based on the video game of the same name was developed by Konami on February 11, 1998 in Japan.