Gradius Galaxies, also known as Gradius Generation (Japan) and Gradius Advance (Europe), is a horizontally-scrolling shooter handheld video game published by Konami in 2001. The game, released for the Game Boy Advance, is the only Gradius Series title to be available for the system.


The events of Gradius Galaxies are set between Gradius Gaiden and Gradius V. Bacterion was developing a bio-mechanical weapon to use against planet Gradius, but Bacterion's forces were destroyed before its development could be completed. After drifting through the cosmos for some time, the weapon landed on a planet and gradually terraformed it into a mechanical fortress. Before the weapon can multiply and expand to farther regions of the galaxy, planet Gradius sends the Vic Viper to eradicate it.


Gradius Galaxies plays almost identically to other titles in the series. The player takes control of the Vic Viper spacecraft attacking onslaughts of enemies. All of the usual Gradius staples are present—moai, an unguarded final boss, and the power meter. The weapons system remains mostly unchanged as the configurations available are identical to Gradius III, with the exception of a weapon edit mode. There are four different types of weapons configurations: Balanced (traditional Gradius), Wide Area (Salamander), power, and Air-to-Ground. Each configuration is differentiated by a palette swap for Vic Viper. Unlike Gradius III, there are only two shield options: Shield and Force Field. In addition, the S.Option ("snake option") is not present; however, the player can choose to have the computer assign weapon power-ups automatically or leave it manual. New to Galaxies is the feature to resume the game from any completed stages, marked by checkpoints.

The Japanese version of the game featured an exclusive game play mode called Challenge. (this mode is entirely absent from the U.S. and European versions) Challenge must be unlocked by completing the main game, and consists of several difficult stages that test the player's skills.
Vic viper (galaxies)



Gradius Galaxies
Ships Vic Viper
Stages Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5Stage 6Stage 7Stage 8
Bosses Terra CoreCrystal GustVolleoneBolborosDogaltesBrachion EyePerla MeraldaRexion CoreCliff CoreRotating WallEleos Brain
Gradius Video Games
Gradius series GradiusGradius IIGradius IIIGradius GaidenGradius IVGradius GalaxiesGradius VGradius ReBirthGradius: The Interstellar AssaultGradius NEOGradius NEO ImperialGradius Arc
Spin-offs Salamander (Life Force) (MSX ver.)• Salamander 2Nemesis (MSX)Nemesis 2 (Nemesis '90 Kai) • Nemesis 3Nemesis (Game Boy)Cosmic WarsSolar Assault
Parody games ParodiusParodius Da!Gokujō Parodius!Jikkyō Oshaberi ParodiusSexy ParodiusParo WarsOtomedius (Otomedius Gorgeous) • Otomedius X: Excellent!
TwinBee TwinBeeStingerTwinBee 3: Poko Poko DaimaōTwinBee Da!!Detana!! TwinBeePop n' TwinbeeTwinBee: Rainbow Bell AdventureTwinBee Yahoo!TwinBee Taisen Puzzle DamaTwinBee RPGTwinBee DungeonPastel Jan
Other games ScrambleFlak AttackA-JAXFalsionThunder CrossThunder Cross IISpace ManbowQuarthTrigonCrisis ForceXexex

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