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Gradius ReBirth (WiiWare)

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Blast your way through levels filled with alien spaceships and otherworldly creatures in this retro side-scrolling shooter.

Pick your weapons carefully and upgrade them to create a devastating arsenal of space-aged weapons that will aid you in your challenging mission. Players can post their high scores to worldwide leader boards via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection and see where they rank against all the other Gradius ReBirth players. Test your skills with Gradius ReBirth and see if you have what it takes to beat this action-packed arcade shooter.

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Review

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Posted by Corbie Dillard

Does Konami's old-school Gradius formula still hold up all these years later?

The original Gradius arcade release was one of the first truly great side-scrolling shooters and, along with R-Type, spawned a legion of copycat video games back in the 80s and 90s. The Gradius titles have been copied and cloned more times than can be...

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Gradius ReBirth Soundtrack Released

Konami has recently released the full soundtrack to their WiiWare shooter Gradius ReBirth in Japan. If you've got $38.90 laying around and can't live without your fix of Gradius tunes, Play-Asia has the soundtrack for the taking.

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Here's a bit of good news for all you shooter fans out there who've been anxiously awaiting word that Konami's hit WiiWare shooter Gradius Rebirth would be seeing a release outside of Japan.

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User Comments (57)

DazzaAdmin

#2

Dazza said:

Instabuy! This is exactly the sort of thing we need more of on WiiWare :-p

supermario2

#3

supermario2 said:

This maybe what we need for wiiware but no thanx I've already set my eyes on other worthwhile games being released in the future so I won't be getting this.

andy836

#5

andy836 said:

yay my favorite game ever the one for the snes was the best and very addictive.

DDR_Paladin356

#6

DDR_Paladin356 said:

Nice...WiiWare is looking promising IMO. This and Megaman 9 will probably get a purchase from me.

CanisWolfred

#8

CanisWolfred said:

With Mega Man 9, Bomber Man Blast, Alien Crush Retuns, Tetris Party, Eternity's Child, and now Gradius Rebirth coming to Wii ware, I'm going to have to finish My games and empty my fridge, or else I won't have room for these delicious entrees.

Fuun_Saiki

#9

Fuun_Saiki said:

This looks neat. I'm fairly new to this whole scrolling shoot 'em up concept, so, as it happens, I've yet to play a Gradius game (don't hate me), so perhaps I'm extra interested in this.

Can anyone suggest a good place to start with the Gradiuses?

CanisWolfred

#12

CanisWolfred said:

@MoneybagzX

No, Nintendo appearantly doesn't support the Bongos anymore, so I son't think it counts when they say "all".

@Fuun Saiki

I suggest the original Gradius, if I were you (also known as Nemesis). It was the only game in the series that I was able to get past level 1.

CastlevaniaTest

#13

CastlevaniaTest said:

This is the only WiiWare game that I will buy immediately after it comes out, with the exception of (possibly) Mega Man 9. I love the Gradius series.

Big_Sexy

#16

Big_Sexy said:

Aw, man. I hope this doesn't stay 1 player. My absolute favorite entries in the Gradius series are Life Force and Gradius Gaiden, both because of the awesome co-op. Still, looks fun, and I'm glad to hear Konami is willing to continue making some Gradius for us to love like a child.

lockelocke

#17

lockelocke said:

@Big=Sexy
Lifeforce, man. They don't make 'em like that anymore. That freaky last boss gave me nightmares as a kid.

I would've preferred a graphical update a la Star Soldier R, but in general I love this idea of old franchises getting new installments that look like they could have come out a decade ago. Keep it up.

Terra

#18

Terra said:

Now it's arrived in Japan, is there any news as to what it's placement is in the Gradius Series? Is it a Remake or a New entry? What other stuff is in there?

morphballer

#20

morphballer said:

This looks awesome! It has been too long since I've played a Gradius game. ANY Gradius game!

Outrunner

#21

Outrunner said:

That video is awesome! Im wiping off the drool watching it here. How soon can we expect this in Europe?

Outrunner

#23

Outrunner said:

Hope it comes soon. Although I got Parodius Portable for my PSP the other day so thats keeping me busy for now.

CorbsStaff

#24

Corbs said:

All the "Portable" titles are great PSP games. I love all three, but the Salamander Portable is absolutely amazing with the inclusion of Salamander 2 and Xexex. That being said, the Twinbee and Parodius Portable titles are equally fun.

Cheezy

#25

Cheezy said:

I'm REALLY excited about this. I've actually been anticipating this more than I was with MegaMan 9. I love the Gradius games, I really do! I want to see them do this with Twinbee, Parodius, and Salamander (Life Force) as well. Those were great, too!

CanisWolfred

#26

CanisWolfred said:

He, even if Gradius Rebirth doesn't pan out, there's always this!

I think this'll be pretty good actually, especially after watching the video! It may not have too many levels, but so far what it does have seems pretty cool.

worrybomb

#29

worrybomb said:

Well today gives us confirmation that Gradius Rebirth will indeed hit the NA region at some point. It has been rated by the ESRB.

Ferret75

#30

Ferret75 said:

^Doesn't mean much though.

Kirby's Dream Land 3 was rated forever and still has yet to appear.

Kaeobais

#33

Kaeobais said:

Looks like their using the Mega Man 9 method: Keeping it 8 bit! Or however many bits it is ....

lockelocke

#34

lockelocke said:

Still waiting! Hopefully they'll hook Life Force up around the same time Rebirth is ready for release.
PS - Why no co-op? WiiWare/VC NEEDS more co-op shooters.

tatemon555

#36

tatemon555 said:

Gah!!!!!!! (drooling)

This... game... rules. Period. I would've bought already, although it's only in Japan for now. Waaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!

gameking23

#37

gameking23 said:

I wonder how long it is now b4 this game comes out a week, a month, A YEAR. When will this madness end.

KnucklesSonic8

#39

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Some of you have been waiting ages for this... :(
I hope the review for this is fair at least. And by that I mean, I'm hoping it doesn't get a 9 just because it's a Shooter and it's Gradius. XD Heh heh.

edit:
I'm trying Gradius 2 soon. If I enjoy it, I'll consider getting this! :)

Rabspat

#46

Rabspat said:

I just downloaded this, and it's pretty fun! I should warn my fellow shmup novices that this game is HARD, even on the easiest difficulty setting. It will eat you and spit you out! Mega Man 9 (which isn't that difficult, imo) ain't got nothin' on Gradius Rebirth. o_o

GotWii

#50

GotWii said:

I like the Gradius games I have played them on several platforms in the past.
But 1000 points seams a bit high for a 5 stage old classic style game.
I still may get it but it will be low on the list for sure. If it had co-op multi player I would have got it immediately. I have a family of boys and multi-player is important in our house.

xesbeth

#52

xesbeth said:

PEGI finally rate it....does it mean that Gradius Rebirth will come next weeks? I hope so.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#53

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Way to hardcore on the hardcore-o-meter for me, but it'll be good for the service in the EU if it comes out.

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