Gradius on the NES

The player controls the trans-dimensional spaceship and must battle waves of enemies through various environments.

When gameplay begins, the Vic Viper is relatively slow and has only a weak gun.

This level of capability is generally insufficient for engaging enemies, but the Vic Viper can gain greater capabilities by collecting and using power-up items.

While most arcade games utilize distinct power up-items that each correspond to a specific effect on the player character, Gradius has a single power-up item.

The effect of this power-up item is to advance the currently selected item in a power-up menu that appears at the bottom of the screen.

When the desired power-up is highlighted, the player can obtain it by pressing the power-up button, returning the menu to its initial state in which no power-up is highlighted.

Gameplay

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