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Gradius ReBirth is a side scrolling shoot-'em-up video game for WiiWare developed by M2 and published by Konami. It is the latest installment in the Gradius series and was released in Japan on September 2, 2008 and March 9, 2009 in North America.

Overview

Gradius ReBirth is a side-scrolling 2D shooter much like previous Gradius games, and has been described as a "remix" of levels from past games rather than an entirely new game, heavily referencing the MSX series of games. The game features two modes: a standard game with unlimited credits and a Score Attack mode where players are only given a single credit to beat the game. Score Attack also supports online leaderboards. The game features 5 different types of ships to choose from, and five stages in total, with each (except the first stage) having its own original boss at the end.

Graphically, Gradius ReBirth follows the style of Gradius Gaiden. The sprite for the Vic Viper has been slightly changed along with the graphics for the Big Core boss. The power meter and text display have also been updated. The music is composed of remixed music from previous Gradius games.

Plot

Vic Viper Rebirth

This game takes place in the Gradian Year 6664, two years before "The Silent Nightmare Incident". The planet Antichthon, a protectorate of the Gradian Empire, suddenly and mysteriously falls silent. A report was made by the Director General of the Space Science Agency, Dr. Venom, which mentions that Antichthon's mother computer was now under the control of the Bacterians.

Realizing that a threat from the Bacterians may be imminent, the Gradian Government deploys its Gradian forces to combat the threat. Among them is Special Colonel James Burton, who had defeated the Bacterians a few years ago. Armed with an A.I. program called Gaudie, James Burton sets out in the hyperspace fighter known as the Vic Viper, in the hopes that he can combat the new Bacterian threat. But little does James know that there's much more in store for him...

Stages

StageNameMid-BossBoss
1 VolcanoVolcano
Iron Maiden
Big Core Duo
2 CellZub RushCrawler X
3 MoaiMoaiMoai Orb
4 WastelandRe-BoneBig Core Duo
5 AntichtonElectronic Cage MK2Enigma
Xaerous Brain

Soundtrack

* - Unused tracks found on Offical Soundtrack. - Added by game update. These pieces of music were not originally in the game on launch.

Trivia

  • During the opening sequence, a news broadcast displays a screenshot of the Metalion in-progress, coming from Nemesis 2 MSX. A screenshot of Knightmare III: Shalom can be seen after that, with reports of a new threat on the Greek Kingdom and then,a screenshot of Pentarou in his Antarctic Adventure is displayed.
Gradius ReBirth
Characters James Burton (Vic Viper) • GaudieVenom
Stages Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5
Bosses VolcanoIron MaidenBig Core DuoZub RushCrawler XMoai OrbRe-BoneEnigmaElectronic Cage MK2Xaerous 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 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!
Other games ScrambleFalsionThunder CrossThunder Cross IISpace ManbowForce GearTrigonXexex
Pachislot Gradius: The SlotCR Parodius Da! EXGokuraku Parodius
Cancelled Vic ViperSalamander HD Remaster