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Gradius
グラディウス
29 May 1985

 
 


 

 
 


 
Gradius
グラディウス
FAMICOM
DETAILS
Format Famicom
Released 25 Apr 1986
Publisher Konami
Product ID RC810
Size (cm) 14 x 9.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.12
PRICE
STATUS
Despite a distinct technological downgrade compared to the arcade, the FC Gradius is the stuff of legends: smooth, colourful and eternally playable, this was a landmark event for home videogaming.
A multi-million seller, but still quite hard to find in good condition.

Standard FC cardboard packaging, 65Kb cartridge, 16-page monochrome booklet.

Original Sound of Gradius
オリジナル・サウンド・オブ・グラディウス
SOUNDTRACK
DETAILS
Format Audio Cassette
Released 21 May 1986
Publisher Apollon
Product ID KHY-1010
Size (cm) 11 x 7 x 1.7
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
Early cassette soundtrack release from Apollon, featuring approximately 15 minutes of looped BGM and sound effects from the Famicom version.

Audio tape in cardboard sleeve, approx. 15min, b&w pamphlet.

Gradius Hisshō Kōryaku Hō
グラディウス 必勝攻略法
FAMILY COMPUTER KANPEKI KŌRYAKU SERIES 3
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 22 June 1986
Publisher Futabasha
Product ID ISBN4-575-15044-4
Size (cm) 17.3 x 10.6 x 0.7
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Official 'Certain Victory Capture Method' guide for the FC version.
Features complete stage layouts, hints and strategies; including the location of all the FC-only hidden bonuses and secret warp zones.

84 pages, full colour, in Japanese.

Gradius
グラディウス
MSX
DETAILS
Format MSX
Released 25 July 1986
Publisher Konami
Product ID RC742
Size (cm) ?
Weight (kg) ?
PRICE
STATUS
The MSX Gradius plummets to even lower technical depths than the Famicom - the gameplay is light years away from the speed and beauty of the arcade, but somehow it still remains a lot of fun.
Features a bonus 'bone' stage and a few extra secrets here and there.

Konami MSX packaging, 1Mbit cartridge, monochrome manual.

Original Sound of Gradius Arcade Version
オリジナル・サウンド・オブ・グラディウス アーケード版
SOUNDTRACK
DETAILS
Format Audio Cassette
Released 5 May 1987
Publisher Apollon
Product ID KHY-1016
Size (cm) 11 x 7 x 1.7
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
2nd Gradius cassette from Appolon, this time covering the arcade version.

Cassette tape in box (approx. 30min) cardboard sleeve, b&w pamphlet.

Original Sound of Gradius & Salamander
オリジナル・サウンド・オブ・グラディウス&沙羅曼蛇
BATTLE MUSIC COLLECTION
DETAILS
Format Audio Cassette
Released 21 Nov 1987
Publisher Apollon
Product ID KSF-1506
Size (cm) 11 x 7 x 1.7
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
3rd and final Gradius cassette from Apollon, featuring a selection of tracks from:
- Gradius (Arcade) (10:26)
- Gradius 2 (MSX) (13:14)
- Salamander (Arcade) (15:01)
- Gradius (Famicom) (8:56)

Again, a very rare item!

Original Sound of Gradius & Salamander
オリジナル・サウンド・オブ・グラディウス&沙羅曼蛇
BATTLE MUSIC COLLECTION
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 21 Nov 1987
Publisher Apollon
Product ID BY30-5180
Size (cm) 11 x 7 x 1.7
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
CD edition of Appolon's 1987 Gradius and Salamander soundtrack.
1 - Gradius (Arcade) (10:30)
2 - Gradius 2 (MSX) (13:19)
3 - Salamander (Arcade) (15:06)
4 - Gradius (Famicom) (8:54)
This was a VERY early CD release - the sound quality isn't that good, and it is a very sought-after collector's item.

Only one of these has ever sold through Jap-Sai, and we've never seen it with a spine card.

Gradius
グラディウス
PC ENGINE
DETAILS
Format PC Engine
Released 15 Nov 1991
Publisher Konami
Product ID KM91001
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Konami's very first PC Engine release was this astounding version of their arcade favourite, that still stands out as one of the best versions available: the visuals, sound and gameplay are flawless, it includes an extra stage (a remake of the MSX 'bone' level) and all-new hidden bonus stages.
Brilliant.

Standard PCE case, 2Mbit HuCard, 4-page monochrome manual.

Gradius Deluxe Pack
グラディウス デラックスパック

SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 29 Mar 1996
Publisher Konami
Product ID T-9509G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Retrospective Gradius compilation featuring arcade-perfect versions of:
- Gradius (1985)
- Gradius II (1998)
Both games are beautifully presented alongside an all-new CG intro movie and Memory Card Save features.

CD case, Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc, 18-page colour booklet, 3-page 'Vic Viper Papercraft', spine card.

Gradius Deluxe Pack
グラディウス デラックスパック
PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 29 Mar 1996
Publisher Konami
Product ID SLPS-00303
Size (cm) 14.2 x 13 x 1.7
Weight (kg) 0.16
PRICE
STATUS
PlayStation edition of the brilliant Gradius Deluxe Pack, featuring:
- Gradius (1985)
- Gradius II (1988)
Essential in every way - and as you'd expect, a very sought-after title with a price to match.
It doesn't help that is has never been re-issued.

PlayStation case, PS CD-ROM disc, colour booklet, spine card.

Gradius Deluxe Pack
グラディウス デラックスパック
WINDOWS 95
DETAILS
Format PC CD-ROM
Released 21 Feb 1997
Publisher Konami
Product ID ME203-J1
Size (cm) ?
Weight (kg) ?
PRICE
STATUS
Released one year after the SS / PS, the PC CD-Rom Gradius Deluxe Pack presents identical content, running under Windows '95.
- Gradius (1985)
- Gradius II (1988)
A very rare item!

Large PC packaging, PC CD-ROM disc in case, colour booklet.

Gradius Portable
グラディウス ポータブル

PSP
DETAILS
Format PSP
Released 9 Feb 2006
Publisher Konami
Product ID ULJM-05091
Size (cm) 17.7 x 10.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
The complete Gradius collection:
- Gradius (1985)
- Gradius II (1988)
- Gradius III (1989)
- Gradius Gaiden (1997)
- Gradius IV (1999)
A lavish package, presented with bonus options, galleries, movie theatre, music test, hints... the only problem it is VERY hard to play this kind of game on a handheld machine... Any chance of a PS2/PS3 version?

PSP case, PSP UMD disk, colour manual.

Gradius Portable Kōshiki Guide
グラディウス ポータブル 公式ガイド

KONAMI OFFICIAL BOOKS
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 28 Mar 2006
Publisher Konami
Product ID ISBN4-86155-111-0
Size (cm) 25.7 x 18.2 x 1.2 (B5)
Weight (kg) 0.50
PRICE
STATUS
Luxury 'Official Guide' book for the PSP Gradius Portable.
Includes complete level layouts for all 5 games illustrated with tons of official art, in-depth hints, secrets, interviews, design sketches and more.
A superb book in every way - the bible for all things Gradius.

192 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Gradius Portable [Konami The Best]
グラディウス ポータブル
[コナミ・ザ・ベスト]
PSP
DETAILS
Format PSP
Released 25 Jan 2007
Publisher Konami
Product ID ULJM-05222
Size (cm) 17.7 x 10.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
'Konami the Best' re-issue of the PSP Gradius collection, released on the same day as Salamander Portable.
- Gradius (1985)
- Gradius II (1988)
- Gradius III (1989)
- Gradius Gaiden (1997)
- Gradius IV (1999)
Content remains identical to the original release.

PSP case, PSP UMD disk, colour manual.

 



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