History Videogame / Gradius

11th Aug '17 8:33:41 PM DecisiveShark
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* DarkerAndEdgier - The plot of the North American Life Force arcade, compared to other versions of Salamander/LifeForce. Here, a special bionic SuperSoldier has developed a brain tumor and the player is shrunken down to fly into his body and operate. However, the soldier's immune system is partially composed of machines with human pilots who have strict orders to kill all intruders. The game's story implies that even though you're on the same side, their orders are non-negotiable and you must kill them if need be.
29th Jul '17 10:35:46 AM nombretomado
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** The {{NES}} conversion of the first game introduced the KonamiCode, and the {{SNES}} conversion of ''III'' was also first to subvert it.

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** The {{NES}} UsefulNotes/{{NES}} conversion of the first game introduced the KonamiCode, and the {{SNES}} UsefulNotes/{{SNES}} conversion of ''III'' was also first to subvert it.
1st Jul '17 3:34:29 PM nombretomado
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* UltimateEvil: The FinalBoss of ''Gaiden'', O.V.U.M. ('''O'''riginal '''V'''isions of the '''U'''ltimate '''M'''onsters), according to TheOtherWiki, may be "The power of ultimate evil condensed into physical form".

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* UltimateEvil: The FinalBoss of ''Gaiden'', O.V.U.M. ('''O'''riginal '''V'''isions of the '''U'''ltimate '''M'''onsters), according to TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, may be "The power of ultimate evil condensed into physical form".
23rd Jun '17 8:46:58 PM DecisiveShark
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* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent - there are a select few games in which player does not pilot the Vic Viper. In the MSX-exclusive titles, they are given command of ships such as the Metallion starfighter or the Vixen series. Even in MSX Salamander, which varies drastically from other versions of the game, you are in command of something else (Saber Tiger and Thrasher.)
23rd Jun '17 8:42:23 PM DecisiveShark
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* LegacyCharacter - Because the series has a timeline which spans nearly two millennia, the Vic Viper starfighter is obviously not always the same ship. Despite this, there are games set just a year or so apart [[YouDontLookLikeYou where the ship looks drastically different.]]



* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething - The 2nd player ship in ''Salamander'' is piloted by the prince of Planet Latis, the planet you're defending.

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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething - Lord British, The 2nd player ship in ''Salamander'' is piloted in the anime by the prince of Planet Latis, the planet you're defending.defending. It's not made clear if that this holds true in the games.
30th May '17 5:31:43 PM nombretomado
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* DysonSphere - Zelos's size in the NES version of Lifeforce, although even this is implied to not come anywhere close to it since ''outer space itself can be seen inside of its stomach, stars in place and all.'' This is simply the closest thing TVtropes has to describing it.

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* DysonSphere - Zelos's size in the NES version of Lifeforce, although even this is implied to not come anywhere close to it since ''outer space itself can be seen inside of its stomach, stars in place and all.'' This is simply the closest thing TVtropes Wiki/TVtropes has to describing it.
22nd May '17 7:23:47 PM 4444jdm
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* BanditMook - Option Hunters/Thieves will steal away your options if they touch you or your options, but they cannot destroy you or be destroyed.

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* BanditMook - Option Hunters/Thieves will steal away your options if they touch you or your options, options (they will appear if you haven't been shot down for a long time), but they cannot destroy you or be destroyed.
12th May '17 11:04:39 PM 4444jdm
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** It is the only game to allow four shots per player ship or Option on the screen at once, as opposed to the traditional two shots.

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** It is the only game to allow four shots per player ship or Option on the screen at once, as opposed to the traditional two shots. (Possibly to mitigate with the game's extreme BulletHell difficulty.)
29th Apr '17 1:28:33 PM nombretomado
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** Vic Viper is one of the Konami characters appearing in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPbS-cDOUZA special Purikura]] sequence of ''[[VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight Mitsumete Knight R : Daibouken Hen]]'' ; it's also, in ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial 4'', Rui Nanakawa's third (and very effective) LimitBreak, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGAmeo0Y27E#t=5m42s invoking it]] after playing the {{Creator/Konami}} Code's buttons on a VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution board.

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** Vic Viper is one of the Konami characters appearing in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPbS-cDOUZA special Purikura]] sequence of ''[[VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight Mitsumete Knight R : Daibouken Hen]]'' ; it's also, in ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial 4'', Rui Nanakawa's third (and very effective) LimitBreak, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGAmeo0Y27E#t=5m42s invoking it]] after playing the {{Creator/Konami}} Code's buttons on a VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution board.
29th Apr '17 4:58:17 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* MarketBasedTitle: Many games were renamed when being exported to other regions:
** ''Gradius'' (arcade ver.) → ''Nemesis'' (EU)
** ''Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou'' → ''Vulcan Venture'' (EU)
** ''Gradius 2'' (MSX) → ''Nemesis 2'' (EU)
** ''Gofer no Yabou Episode II'' (MSX) → ''Nemesis 3: The Eve of Destruction'' (EU)
** ''Salamander'' is where things get complicated: The arcade and NES/Famicom versions were renamed ''Life Force'' for Western markets, but then the Japanese market got an "arrange" version of arcade ''Salamander'' called ''Life Force''.
** ''Nemesis II'' (Game Boy) → ''Gradius: The Interstellar Assault'' (NA), ''Nemesis II: The Return of the Hero'' (EU). Odd, given that previous games are called ''Gradius'' in Japan and ''Nemesis'' in export markets.
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