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SNES Gradius III

  • Platform: SNES (Super NES)
  • Abbreviation: gradius3
  • Display name: Gradius III
  • Goodtools name: Gradius III
  • In group: Gradius

[Tier: Moons]SNES Gradius III (USA) in 25:31.4 by cpadolf.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2008-05-26)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 64.72 MB, length: 28:23)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (Compatibility) (size: 86.09 MB, length: 28:23)
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Submission #1938 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #1081 (28:24.0)
Rating: 7.4 (34.5 votes)
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- Maximum kills
- Forgoes warps
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Uses a level password
- Genre: Shooter
As you might know, Konami realised they went a little overboard with the difficulty of the arcade version of Gradius III, so the SNES port got noticeably easier (and laggier). However, it still remains one of the hardest and most unforgiving shoot 'em ups released in its era.

This is Cpadolf's take at the shmupping carnage, resulting in a significant improvement in both speed and style over the previous movie by Krocketneo. In total, 2 minutes 53 seconds are saved thanks to lag reduction and faster boss fights. The author also kills a greater percentage of enemies (still not fully 100%, though — read the comments for more details).

The game is completed in Arcade mode (still a far cry from the actual arcade game), which is accessed by tapping A on the main menu screen. It is strongly recommended to read the congratulatory text appearing after the end credits. ;)

Total movies: 3


[Tier: Vault]SNES Gradius III (USA) in 28:24.0 by Krocketneo.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2008-03-21)
MKV file via BitTorrent (size: 80.12 MB, length: 30:30)
MKV file via BitTorrent (Modern HQ) (size: 87.26 MB, length: 30:30)
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Submission #1860 — Author's comments
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Obsoletes movie #142 (29:20.6)
Obsoletes movie #159 (30:23.42)
Rating: 5.6 (11 votes)
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- Forgoes warps
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Uses a level password
- Genre: Shooter

This movie has been obsoleted!

Click here to see the movie that obsoleted it.
As you might know, Konami realised they went a little overboard with the difficulty of the arcade version of Gradius III, so the SNES port got noticeably easier (and laggier). However, it still remains one of the hardest and most unforgiving shoot 'em ups released in its era.

That being said, the author aims to please in his attempt to surpass both preceding movies. He manages to kill almost every enemy through more efficient use of the options and faster boss fights, as well as the much needed lag reduction.

The game is completed in Arcade mode (still a far cry from the actual arcade game), which is accessed by tapping A on the main menu screen. It is strongly recommended to read the congratulatory text appearing after the end credits. ;)


[Tier: Moons]SNES Gradius III (JPN) "100% kills" in 30:23.42 by Warp.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2004-08-13)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 81.94 MB, length: 32:27)
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Submission #237 — Author's comments
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Rating: 6.1 (20 votes)
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- Maximum kills
- Forgoes warps
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Uses a level password
- Genre: Shooter

This movie has been obsoleted!

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Gradius 3 completed in Arcade mode.

This movie is similar to Tviks' movie, except that this one aims for 100% kills.
Everything that can be killed is killed. At the later levels that's really hard to accomplish.

Category "uses passwords" is selected because the Arcade mode seems like a secret option in the game.


[Tier: Vault]SNES Gradius III (JPN) in 29:20.6 by tviks.
snes9x movie (.smv) (date: 2004-07-24)
MP4 file via BitTorrent (size: 78.03 MB, length: 31:18)
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Submission #55 — Author's comments
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Rating: 5.5 (18 votes)
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- Forgoes warps
- Uses hardest difficulty
- Uses a level password
- Genre: Shooter

This movie has been obsoleted!

Click here to see the movie that obsoleted it.
Gradius 3 completed in Arcade mode.

Selected notes from author:
E. laser is used for the quick destruction of the bosses. Bonus stages were skipped for boringness and length.

Choosing Arcade-mode in options takes a while because you have to press A-button rapidly for a short moment.

This game also has some really good "engrish" in the epilogue when you beat the arcade-mode

This movie is similar in type to Morimoto's NES Gradius movie, except that Gradius 3 does not allow that many speed upgrades.

Category "uses passwords" is selected because the Arcade mode seems like a secret option in the game.

#51138318245008931 - TAS Gradius III
TASGradiusIII.lsmv (39.6kB lsmv movie [SNES])
Uploaded 2018-11-12 00:16:23 by DuduGamer (3 files)
For SNES Gradius III (1 file)
In 27:26.47 [98951 frames], 384 rerecords)
1487 views, 157 downloads
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