Wasteland is a new stage which was added in the PC-Engine version of Gradius. It appears after stage 4 and before stage 5 (now Stage 6 in this port).
This level is filled with fossils. Be careful when shooting away the bones on the big ones, they explode into smaller pieces that can kill you. Besides the usual guns on the surfaces, you have to deal with fossil heads that will shoot fire that looks like sperm at you. At the end, you will face the fossil head rush before fighting the Core. This stage was modified and included in Gradius Rebirth as Stage 4 with the music "Something Ghostly" from Gradius II NES.
A similarly themed Desert stage is also available on the PC-Engine CD port of Gradius II.
|Stages||Stage 1 • Stage 2 • Stage 3 • Stage 4 • PC-E Exclusive Stage • Stage 5 • Stage 6 • Stage 7|
|Sub Bosses||Volcano • Zub Rush • Mother and Child • Iron Maiden • Tentacle Golem • Electronic Cage|
|Bosses||Big Core • Cell Nucleus • Xaerous Brain|