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Gradius III


sgm0112 - Nintendo systems were always a friend to shooter fans. One of the best titles to grace any of the Big N's platforms was Gradius III. The third installment in the Gradius series takes the games to new heights. Although Bacterion and its evil curse were vanquished long ago, the evil has returned disrupting the Gradians peaceful, germ-free existence. This is a port of the arcade game and was released for the Super Famicom in December 1990 and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991 including an option of reduced difficulty and additional armaments for the Vic Viper. It replicates its arcade counterpart and discards the pseudo-3D and Crystal levels. It also introduces a boss called Beacon which awaits the player at the end of the new high-speed stage, which is a counterpart of the high-speed stage in Gradius II. True to the series’ roots, Gradius III requires you to power-up by collecting the glowing orbs that destroyed foes leave behind. Unlike any other version, the Super NES port is the only one that allow players to continue when they lost all their lives. A harder difficulty called "arcade" can be unlocked by inputting a code on the options screen, and it is simply a harder difficulty. In addition, most stages (and some bosses) from Gradius II will appear after the second level. The graphics are good, and while each stage carries the crowded space theme, Gradius II still displays a nice amount of variety. The bosses are huge and detailed and the coloring quite good. Gradius III stands apart from the crowd by retaining its depth over the years. Pre-owned - Includes Game Only, no manual or instructions are included. Gradius 3 game review by "The Prince" NES Gamer.

Product Details

  • UPC: 498860256450
  • Platform: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
  • Region: Code NTSC-U/C (US/CA)
  • Compatibility: SNES Accessories
  • ESRB Rating: "E" for Everyone
  • Genre: Shooter / Sci-Fi
  • Class: Licensed
  • Rarity Rating: "B-"
  • Game Format: Cartridge
  • Condition: Pre-owned excellent condition

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 17 June, 2016.

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