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Vulcan Venture

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Title Screen

Vulcan Venture

Also known as: Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou (JP)
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Platform: Arcade (Konami Twin 16)
Released in JP: March 24, 1988
Released in EU: 1988

RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

It's Gradius II... is there anything else to be said?


Regional Differences

Bonus Lives

The dip switch settings for the extra life thresholds differ between versions.

  • Gradius II: 20.000, Every 150.000 and 20.000, Every 200.000.
  • Vulcan Venture: 20.000, Every 70.000 and 20.000, Every 80.000.


Gradius II Vulcan Venture
Gradius2ArcWeaponSelect.png VulcanVentureArcWeaponSelect.png

In Gradius II, the second laser is called Ripple Laser (like in Salamander), but Pulse Laser in Vulcan Venture (like the US and Japanese versions of Life Force). As with the Nemesis set of the original Gradius, the following shooting orbs are called Option and Multiple, respectively.

Gradius II Vulcan Venture
Gradius II Vulcan Venture

To follow with these name differences, both powerups have different announcer voice sounds when selecting them.

Gradius II Vulcan Venture
Gradius2ArcOption.png VulcanVentureArcMultiple.png

Also like Nemesis, the name graphic of the orange orbs on the powerup bar was changed.



Again like the Nemesis version of Gradius, Vulcan Venture has a continue feature not present in Gradius II.