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Gradius III

a.k.a. グラディウスIII 伝説から神話ヘ

created and published by Konami in 1990-12-21, running on Super Nintendo
type: shooter
genre: Science Fiction, Scrolling shooter
series: Gradius
perspective: side view auto-scroll
player options: single player
languages: eng jpn
3.9/5

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Personal review
Konami's first Super Famicom experiment - and what a game it turned out to be! A loose conversion of the frustrating coin - op, Gradius 3 manages to squeeze in all the levels of the arcade game together with exquisite graphics and thumping sound and compress the whole lot onto a minuscule 4 Megabit cartridge (that 512k folks!)
Unfortunately, Gradius 3's main flaw is dreadful sprite slowdown and (to a lesser extent) flicker. Konami's programmers blamed the games lack of finesse on the systems feeble processor (the wholly inadequate 3.58 Mhz 65sc816 - basically a compatible hybrid of the old Rockwell 6502 inherent in the NES), however I suspect unfamiliarity with the new console's hardware combined with established programming techniques were more to blame. That said, I love this game and would much prefer to play it than the slowdown free conversion of SNES Parodius (serious shooters rule.) If you can find it, buy it.
Andy Laggan - # 2003-06-02 14:56:33
Official description
Return as the pilot of the Vic Viper starfighter to battle the onslaughts of the Bacterion Empire. Blast through 10 action-packed levels in space, destroying everything in your path. Customize and power up your ship with weapons and upgrades including speed-ups, missiles, lasers, options, and shields.
# 2007-04-25 01:51:36 - official description
Technical specs
display: raster
External reviews (5) - average: 73.4% - median: 70%
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Génération 4 (1-82)fr301991-0256/10056%
IGN2007*8.5/1085%
Joystickfr131991-0270/10070%
Razeuk71991-0591/10091%
Tilt 39-113fr881991-0313/2065%
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