Nemesis 3 is a 1988 computer game, developed and published by Konami exclusively for the MSX platform. It was released as Nemesis 3: The Eve of Destruction in Europe and as Salamander II in Korea. The game is part of the long running Gradius series of side-scrolling shooters and is a spin-off to Nemesis 2. It is the second game of the series to be released for the MSX only after Nemesis 2. In terms of the story; the game is a sequel to Gradius, Nemesis 2, and Salamander. This game is a spinoff to Gradius II but not related to Gradius III. This game is also not related to the Game Boy series that has game named Nemesis released in the early 90's.
StoryIt is Nemesis year 6718 - nearly 200 years after the grueling conflict with Dr. Venom. James Burton have passed away. His descendant, David Burton, sets out on a mission to locate James in past and safely return him to Nemesis. The prized Vic Viper has been retired from service, and superseded by the multi-class vessel, Vixen. Equipped with his A.I. Gaudie, David must navigate Bacterion space in search of clues to James' whereabouts.
Weapons and items
The game retains several of the new weapons introduced in Nemesis 2 and adds additional weapons. This time however, instead of going into the core of a defeated boss, you have to find secret items inside of the stage. Additionally, there are several items that you need to get in order to progress. Each item you get treats you to a minor cutscene showing it being installed. This is the only game in the Gradius series which visibly keeps track of the number of speed boosts. The extra weapons and items are listed below:
- Meteor Laser - An upgrade to the Laser that makes it more powerful and wider. (Only accessible to Vixen 1)
- Twinkle Laser - An upgrade to the Laser that makes it more powerful and wider. (Only accessible to Vixen 2)
- Fire Blaster - An upgrade to the Laser, this weapon shoots a short range but very powerful blast of fire. Think flamethrower. (Only accessible to Vixen 3 and 4)
- Screw Laser - Another upgrade to the Laser that makes it very powerful and wide. (Only accessible to Vixen 1 and 2)
- Extend Blaster - Upgraded version of Fire Blaster. This weapon shoots out two rows of Fire Blaster. The range remains the same, but power is doubled. (Only accessible to Vixen 3)
- Vector Laser - Unlike the powerup, this one shoots a more powerful version of the Ripple. (Only accessible to Vixen 4)
- Up Laser - Shoots a wide beam above Vixen. It's more effective than Double and works with the Laser.
- Down Laser - Shoots a wide beam below Vixen. This weapon replaces both the Up Laser and Missiles, so it is not as good as the Up Laser.
- Down Double - Like Double except shoots downward?
- Missile Hawk - An upgrade to the Missile, this one is able to climb up hills.
- Photon Hawk - An upgrade to the Photon Missile, this one travels along the ground and penetrates and destroys any enemy it hits. It is able to climb up hills.
- Guided Missiles - Another upgrade to the Missile, this makes your missiles home in on enemies and move fast.
- Galactic Laser - This one is a powerup and shoots a very, very wide beam directly ahead. Lasts one shot. Needed in Stage 10 to destroy a wall. Actually this weapon can destroy any wall or background object when equipped permanently by using improper methods like ROM hacking.
- Time Map Piece 1 - Found in Stage 5. Needed to continue to Stage 9.
- Time Map Piece 2 - Found in Stage 7. Needed to continue to Stage 9.
- Time Map Piece 3 - Found in Stage 8. Needed to continue to Stage 9.
- Item Radar - Allows you to see where hidden items are located. Found in Stage 9. (This is also unlockable via code.)
- Extra Shield System - Needed to get the good ending. Found in Stage 10.
The following commands will enable special cheats. There is no sound to show they worked.
- F1 F I N D Enter F1 - Get the Item Radar
- F1 G O O D Enter F1 - Harder Game
- F1 H A R D Enter F1 - Easier Game
- F1 E X T E N D (or E X P A N D) Enter F1 - Double Shield Durability
|Characters||James Burton (Metalion) • David Burton (Vixen) • Gaudie • Venom • Venom's Aides|
|Nemesis 2 stages||Colossus Planet • Plant Planet • Ancient Planet • Floating Continents • Planet of Fire • Living Planet • Sin • Asteroid Belt • Water Planet • Venom Mothership|
|Nemesis 3 stages||Sun • Plant • Gravity • Past-Boss • Moai • Hell • Sand • Cell • Factory • Gofer Ship|
|Nemesis 2 bosses||Statue Guardians • Riot Warship • Misfit Warship • Big Core X10 • Mayhem Warship • Biological Organism • Block Core • Abaddon Warship • Venom|
|Nemesis '90 Kai exclusive bosses||Lizard Core • LASER Core • Big Core MK II Kai • Beta Core|
|Nemesis 3 bosses||Geezer Butler • Hans Naughty • Tetran • Abaddon Warship • Misfit Warship • Big Core • Armored Saint • Lynyrd Skynyrd • Triumph Kicks • Killer Dwarf • Crab Warlock • Queensrÿche • Gofer|
|Gradius Video Games|
|Gradius series||Gradius • Gradius II • Gradius III • Gradius Gaiden • Gradius IV • Gradius Galaxies • Gradius V • Gradius ReBirth • Gradius: The Interstellar Assault • Gradius NEO • Gradius NEO Imperial • Gradius Arc|
|Spin-offs||Salamander (Life Force) (MSX ver.)• Salamander 2 • Nemesis 2 (Nemesis '90 Kai) • Nemesis 3 • Nemesis (Game Boy) • Cosmic Wars • Solar Assault|
|Parody games||Parodius • Parodius Da! • Gokujō Parodius! • Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius • Sexy Parodius • Paro Wars • Otomedius (Otomedius Gorgeous) • Otomedius X: Excellent!|
|Other games||Scramble • Falsion • Thunder Cross • Thunder Cross II • Space Manbow • Force Gear • Trigon • Xexex|
|Pachislot||Gradius: The Slot • CR Parodius Da! EX • Gokuraku Parodius|
|Cancelled||Vic Viper • Salamander HD Remaster|