is horizontal scrolling shooter video game
produced by Konami
and released in Japan on August 28, 1997. It is the first Gradius
-named title to incorporate 3D
The core gameplay of Gradius Gaiden
remains relatively unchanged. However, two new ships are made available whose weapon configurations are new to the series. Moreover, several changes were made on the weapons system. The chargeable E. Laser, the Reduce size shield, option types, are all items that have been removed in the transition from Gradius III
to this title. However, the player can select from several ships, each with a unique weapon configuration. In a slight carryover from Salamander 2
, Missile, Double and Laser weapons can be additionally powered up one level. These power-ups are permanent until the player is destroyed, even if he switches between the Double and Laser powerups. There are two new types of shield. One is called 'Guard', which attaches to the top and bottom of the craft and renders the player immune to physical obstacle collisions. The other is called 'Limit' and gives complete invulnerability and lasts for three seconds.
The difficulty level can also be adjusted from 'easiest' up to 'hardest', for a total of Nine difficulty levels including the boss rush. On the easier difficulties, the more troublesome boss attacks are removed and the number of enemies on-screen is reduced.
The setting is between Gradius III
and Gradius IV
, during the 3rd Bacterian War, the... Read More