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Catalogue of Arcade Emulation Software - the Absolute Reference

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Nemesis


Nemesis (c) 10/1985 Konami.


A superb and demanding shoot'em up that shares - along with Irem's "R-Type" - the destinction of being a true innovator of its genre and, again like R-Type, completely revolutionized the humble shoot-em-up. Nemesis' eye-catching graphics guaranteed gamer interest but it was the game's genius ''weapon upgrade'' system that really made the difference. Never before could players actually CHOSE how to upgrade their ship. Destroying waves of enemies would often see the player reward with an 'orb' that could be picked up. The player could collect up to six orbs and could effectively 'buy' an upgrade from the six displayed at the bottom of the play area (speed-up, bombs, double, laser, multiple - which are orbs that follow the player's movements and add greater firepower - and a mystery sixth upgrade that is marked with an '?'). Game difficulty increases depending on how many power-ups the player has, so it is sometimes advantageous to NOT power-up your ship too much.


- TECHNICAL -


Game ID : GX400


Main CPU : 68000 (@ 9.216 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)

Sound Chips : (2x) AY8910 (@ 1.789772 Mhz), K005289 (@ 1.789772 Mhz), VLM5030 (@ 3.579545 Mhz)


Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.61 Hz

Palette colors : 2048


Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3


- TRIVIA -


This game is known outside Europe as "Gradius".


First shoot-em-up with serious power-ups.


Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Konami Game Music Vol.1 - 28XA-85) on 27/06/1986.

Apollon Music released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Original Sound of Gradius - KHY1016) on 05/05/1987.


Interesting note : Several Konami arcade games ("Gradius", "Parodius Da! - Shinwa kara Owarai e", "Salamander", etc...) have the default high score set at 57300. '573' refers to Go-Na-Mi kana letters, a play of word for 'Konami'.


Bandai released a boardgame (in Japan only) based on this videogame (as "Gradius") in 1986 : The board is split into 8 sections, each with its own rules. The things that remain the same are that each uses a square-grid for movement, and you can power up your ship by getting the capsules.


- SERIES -


1. Nemesis (1985)

2. Lifeforce (1986)

3. Gradius 2 (1987, MSX)

4. Vulcan Venture (1988)

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

6. Gradius III (1989)

7. Gradius - The Interstellar Assault (1991, Nintendo Game Boy)

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

9. Salamander 2 (1996)

10. Solar Assault - Gradius (1997)

11. Solar Assault - Revisited (1997)

12. Gradius Gaiden (1997, Sony PlayStation)

13. Gradius IV - Fukkatsu (1999)

14. Gradius Generation (2002, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)

15. Gradius V (2003, Sony PlayStation 2)


- STAFF -


Music by : Miki Higashino


- PORTS -


* Consoles :

Nintendo Game Boy (1990)


* Computers :

MSX (1986)

Commodore C64 (1987)

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1987)

Amstrad CPC (1987)