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For detailed information about this series, see: Parodius on Wikipedia

Parodius is a series of horizontally scrolling shooters developed by Konami. The games are tongue-in-cheek parodies of Gradius, hence the name (Parodius is a portmanteau of Parody and Gradius). It also parodies many other Konami franchises, including Antarctic Adventure, CastlevaniaXexex,Axelay, Thunder CrossTaisen Puzzle-Dama,Space ManbowGanbare GoemonLethal Enforcers, Tokimeki Memorial and TwinBee.

Main Games

  • Parodius (April 28, 1988). MSX, Re-released for Saturn and PlayStation on 1998, Re-released for Mobile Phones on 2006, PlayStation Portable on 2007, Wii Virtual Console on January 12, 2010, Wii U Virtual Console on December 25, 2013, PC (as Project EGG) on April 2014 in Japan.
  • Parodius Da! (April 25, 1990). Arcade, Famicom (1990), Sharp X68000, Game Boy (1991), SNES, PC Engine (1992), PlayStation (1994), Saturn (1995), Re-released for Mobile Phones on 2003 in Japan, (as Parodius! Deluxe Edition on 2004 for Konami Net DX), PlayStation Portable on 2007 in Japan.
  • Gokujo Parodius or Fantastic Parodius (April 26, 1994). Arcade and Super Famicom (1994), PlayStation (1994), Sega Saturn (1995), Re-released for PlayStation Portable and Mobile Phones on 2007 in Japan.
  • Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius (December 15, 1995). Super Famicom (1995), PlayStation and Sega Saturn (1996), Re-released on PlayStation Portable on 2007 in Japan.
  • Sexy Parodius (March 1996). Arcade, March 3, 1996 in Japan. PlayStation, November 1, 1996 in Japan, Sega Saturn, January 11, 1997 in Japan, Re-released for PlayStation Portable on 2007 in Japan.
  • Paro Wars (September 25, 1997). PlayStation.
  • Little Pirates (July 1998). Pachislot, Japan-only.
  • CR Parodius Da!(September 2000 ). Pachinko, Japan-only.
    • CR Parodius Da! EX (November 2000). Pachinko.
    • CR Parodius Da! ZE and CR Parodius Da! 2 (2000). Pachinko, Japan-only.
  • CR Saikoro Tin Douty (August 2004). Pachinko, Japan-only.
  • CR Gokujō Parodius! (2006): Pachinko, (as CR Gokujō Parodius! LE57, CR Gokujō Parodius! LX50 and CR Gokujō Parodius! NCE80F) Released on May 2006 in Japan-only.
  • Gokuraku Parodius (September 2010): Pachislot, Japan-only.
  • Gokuraku Parodius A (November 2010): Pachislot, Japan-only.

Remakes and Compilations

  • Gokujō Parodius Da! Deluxe Pack (December 3, 1994). PlayStation. Later released for Sega Saturn and re-edited as a "PlayStation the Best" title on 1997 and PSOne Books on 2003.
  • Parodius Da! Deluxe Edition (2004). Mobile Phones for Konami Net DX.
  • Parodius Portable(January 23, 2007). PlayStation Portable.

Other Media

  • Gokujō Parodius (1995), a manga published in Gamest Comics.
  • Kyukyoku Parodius (May 3, 1997), a Japan-only Drama CD.
  • Gokujō Parodius (1998), a Japan-only Keychain + Mini-Notebook from Gacha.
  • Card Jan Gokujō Parodius(2005), a Japan-only playing card set released by Card Han.
  • Goku Paro Free (2007), a keychain set.

Links to Other Series

Mascot link:Konami Man makes an appearce in Parodius Da!

Direction Series Date Description Type


Double Arrow L

Gradius19880428 April 28, 1988Parodius is a spin-off of Gradius.1

4Arrow L Ganbare Goemon19880428 April 28, 1988Goemon and other series' characters appear as playable characters in several games of the Parodius series.1

4Arrow L Antarctic Adventure19880428 April 28, 1988Characters from Antarctic Adventure are prominently featured in the Parodius series, while the character of Pentarou is the son of Penta and Penko.1

4Arrow L Knightmare19880428 April 28, 1988Popolon from Knightmare appears as a playable character in Parodius.1

4Arrow L Twinbee19900425 April 25, 1990The TwinBee ship and characters from the series are playable in several entries of the Parodius series.1

4Arrow L Salamander19900425 April 25, 1990The Octopus gameplay configuration in Parodius Da! is based on Salamander.3

4Arrow L Space Manbow19900425 April 25, 1990Mambo and Sambo from Gokujo Parodius and Sexy Parodius are inspired by Space Manbow.3

4Arrow L Darius19900425 April 25, 1990Michael's gameplay configuration in Gokujo Parodius is inspired by Darius.3

5Arrow R Rock'n Game Boy199111 November 1991The world of Parodius Da! is featured in Rock'n Game Boy.1

5Arrow R Konami Wai Wai World1993 1993Takosuke from Parodius appears in Wai Wai Bingo and Wai Wai Pocker, Hanako from Gokujo Parodius replaces Penta in his functions on the mobile port of Konami Wai Wai World, and Konami Lady makes a minor cameo in Parodius Da! for the SNES.1

4Arrow L Kid Dracula19941125 November 25, 1994Kid Dracula is a playable character in the SNES port of Gokujou Parodius and the PlayStation/Saturn port of Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius.1

4Arrow L Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa19941125 November 25, 1994Upa is a playable character in the SNES port of Gokujou Parodius and Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius.1

4Arrow L Axelay19941125 November 25, 1994Kid Dracula's gameplay configuration in Gokujou Parodius is based on Axelay.3

4Arrow L Thunder Cross19941203 December 03, 1994The omake stage in the PlayStation and Saturn port of Parodius Da! is based on stages from Thunder Cross, while Hikaru and Akane's gameplay configuration in later games is based on Thunder Cross.3

5Arrow R Neo Kobe 2045 Speed King1995 1995Aitsu from Parodius is a secret playable character in Neo Kobe 2045 Speed King.1

5Arrow R Tokimeki Memorial19951013 October 13, 1995The stage "School" in Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius is based on Tokimeki Memorial, while Parodius characters Koitsu and Doitsu appear on a book in Tokimeki Memorial: Forever with You.2

4Arrow L Xexex19951215 December 15, 1995The stage "Sweet Land" in Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius is based on stage 2 of Xexex.3

4Arrow L Lethal Enforcers19951215 December 15, 1995The stage "High Speed Patrol" in Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius is based on Lethal Enforcers.3

4Arrow L Taisen Puzzle-Dama19951215 December 15, 1995Bosses from Taisen Puzzle-Dama appear in the Boss Rush from Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius.1

5Arrow R Bishi Bashi1996 1996Koitsu from Parodius makes a cameo appearance in Super Bishi Bashi Champ.1


Arrow L & R

Castlevania199603 March 1996Sexy Parodius features a stage based off Castlevania, while Aitsu and Koitsu from Parodius make a cameo appearance in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin and Harmony of Despair.1

4Arrow L Yie Ar Kung-Fu199603 March 1996Sexy Parodius features a stage based off Yie Ar Kung-Fu, including a cameo of its protagonist, Oolong.1

5Arrow R Konami Antiques MSX Collection19980319 March 19, 1998Parodius is included in Konami Antiques MSX Collection Vol. 3.2

5Arrow R Konami GB Collection19980319 March 19, 1998Parodius Da! is included in Konami GB Collection Vol. 4.2

5Arrow R Mitsumete Knight19981126 November 26, 1998Stickers of Takosuke and Koitsu from Parodius can be seen in printstations from Mitsumete Knight R.2

5Arrow R Konami Krazy Racers20010321 March 21, 2001Konami Krazy Racers features Takosuke from Parodius as a selectable racer.1

5Arrow R Yu-Gi-Oh20020919 September 19, 2002Aitsu, Koitsu, Doitsu and Soitsu from Parodius appear as Yu-Gi-Oh cards.2

5Arrow R CR Saikoro Tin Douty2004 2004Characters from Parodius appear in CR Saikoro Tin Douty MD.1

5Arrow R Nou Kaihatsu Kenkyujo Kuru Kuru Lab20061213 December 13, 2006Koitsu and Takosuke from Parodius appear in Nou Kaihatsu Kenkyujo Kuru Kuru Lab.1

5Arrow R Elebits20081211 December 11, 2008Tako/Octopus from Parodius appears as an elebit in Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero.1

5Arrow R KPE Dream Master20121122 November 22, 2012Several cards of characters from Gokuraku Parodius are featured in KPE Dream Master.2

5Arrow R Bomberman20171213 December 13, 2017A DLC bomberman "Octopus Bomber" (available by preordering the official soundtrack) is based off a character from Parodius.3