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Gradius III (Japan)


Gradius III - Densetsu Kara Shinwa-e (c) 1989 Konami.


- TECHNICAL -


Game ID : GX945


Main CPU : (2x) 68000 (@ 10 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2151 (@ 3.579545 Mhz), K007232 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)


Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 2048


Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3


- TRIVIA -


The subtitle of this game translates from Japanese as 'From Legend to Myth'.


This game is known outside Asia and Japan as "Gradius III".


Konami released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Gradius Arcade Soundtrack - KMCA-155) on 03/04/2002.


- TIPS AND TRICKS -


* Play First Level Of "Salamander" Or "Gradius" : In Stage 10, when you are at the last boss of the game, get hit by the boss' attack that comes out of its mouth. You will then be taken either to Salamander stage 1 or Gradius stage 1.


* Stage Skip :

1. Turn Odd Number Dip Switches except Dip 1-5 AFTER boot up. As follows :

Coin A = 1 Coin/6 Credits

Coin B = 1 Coin/6 Credits

Lives = 3

Cabinet = Upright

Bonus Life = 50000

Difficulty = Hard

Demo Sounds = Off

Flip Screen = On

Upright Controls = Single

Service Mode = On

Unknown = Off


2. In game, hold Service Switch (Coin 3 = Key 7 in Mame) then press 1P Start Button.


- SERIES -


1. Gradius (1985)

2. Salamander (1986)

3. Gradius 2 (1987, MSX)

4. Gradius II - Gofer no Yabou (1988)

5. Nemesis 3 - The Eve of Destruction (1988, MSX)

6. Gradius III - Densetsu Kara Shinwa-e (1989)

7. Nemesis '90 Kai (1993, Sharp X68000)

8. Salamander 2 (1996)

9. Solar Assault - Gradius (1997)

10. Solar Assault - Revised (1997)

11. Gradius Gaiden (1997, Sony PlayStation)

12. Gradius IV - Fukkatsu (1999)

13. Gradius Generation (2001, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)

14. Gradius V (2004, Sony PlayStation 2)


- STAFF -


Director : Hiroyasu Machiguchi

Game programmers : T. Shimomura, Yuko Itoh, M. Ozawa

Graphic designers : T. Miyoshi, M. Igarashi, R. Itoh, K. Hattori, Y. Asano

Sound editors : J. Kaneda, S. Fukami, M. Higashino, K. Nakamura, Mutsuhiko Izumi

Engineers : K. Ban, K. Itoh

Title designers : F. Shibuya, M. Yoshihashi


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Nintendo Super Famicom (1991)

Sony PlayStation 2 (2000, "Gradius III & IV")

Sony PSP (2006, "Gradius Collection")