Gradius IV - Fukkatsu

The Arcade Video Game by Konami Co., Ltd.

Gradius IV - Fukkatsu screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Gradius IV - Fukkatsu © 1998 Konami Company, Limited.

The 4th game in the "Gradius" series brings a considerable graphical upgrade, particularly with the use of colored lighting but the core gameplay remains relatively unchanged. In addition, there are several additions and removals to the vaulted weapons system; specifically, the edit mode has been removed.


Konami Hornet Hardware

CPU : PowerPC 403GA 32-bit RISC @ 64 MHz
Sound CPU : Motorola 68000 @ 16 MHz
Sound Chip : Ricoh RF5C400 PCM 32Ch, 44.1 kHz Stereo, 3D Effect Spatializer
3D DSP : Analog Devices ADSP-21062 (SHARC) 32-bit floating point DSP @ 36 MHz
Graphics Chips : 3DFX Voodoo 2 Pixel processor with 16meg RAM, 3DFX Voodoo 2 Texture processor with 32meg RAM
Interface : Jamma +

Players : 2
Control : 8-way Joystick
Buttons : 3


Even if titlescreen says 1998, Gradius IV was released in February 1999.

The title of this game translates from Japanese as 'Gradius IV Revival'.

Konami released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Gradius IV Fukkatsu Original Game Soundtrack - KICA-7947) on 05/03/1999.


• Power meters:
1) Option 1: Nemesis
- Missile: Falls to the ground, then slides along it until it hits something.
- Double: Fires a bullet at 45 degrees up as well as forward.
- Laser: Replaces your bullets with a blue beam.
2) Option 2: Mega-Destruction
- Spread Bomb: Large explosion of death.
- Tail Gun: Fires backwards as well as forwards.
- Laser: The infamous Toothpaste Laser.
3) Option 3: The Third Way
- Photon Torpedo: Similar to standard missile, but goes straight through enemies.
- Double: Fires a bullet at 45 degrees up as well as forward.
- Pulse: Salamander's ripple laser.
4) Option 4: Salamander
- 2-Way: Bombs fall up and down.
- Tail Gun: Fires backwards as well as forwards.
- Pulse: Salamander's ripple laser, in a nice shade of red.
5) Option 5: Harbinger of Doom
- Vertical Mine: Detonates after a delay in a large vertical explosion.
- Double: Fires a bullet at 45 degrees up as well as forward.
- Armour Piercing: Powerful bullets that pass through multiple enemies.
6) Option 6: Vanguard of Chaos
- Flying Torpedo: Twin missiles shoot forward after release.
- Tail Gun: Fires backwards as well as forwards.
- Twin Laser: Last seen in Gradius III, twin sets of short beams.

• 2nd Loop Start : in Power Meter selection screen, input Up(x2), Down(x2), Left, Right, Left, Right, Button-2 (Shot), Button-3 (Missile). You will be able to start the game with 2nd loop and the password will be displayed in Game Over screen. This password was required on 'Gradius IV Internet Ranking' (now, this was finished though).


1. Gradius [Model GX400] (1985)
2. Salamander [Model GX587] (1986)
3. Gradius II - GOFER no Yabou [Model GX785] (1988)
4. Gradius III - Densetsu Kara Shinwa-e [Model GX945] (1989)
5. Nemesis '90 Kai (1993, Sharp X68000)
6. Salamander 2 (1996)
7. Solar Assault - Gradius (1997)
8. Solar Assault - Revised (1997)
9. Gradius Gaiden (1997, Sony PlayStation)
10. Gradius IV - Fukkatsu (1998)
11. Gradius Generation (2001, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)
12. Gradius V (2004, Sony PlayStation 2)
13. Gradius Neo (2004, NTT DoCoMo i-mode Phones)
14. Gradius Neo Imperial (2005, NTT DoCoMo i-mode Phones)
15. Gradius Wide (2007, NTT DoCoMo i-mode Phones)
16. Gradius Rebirth (2008, Nintendo Wii)


Producer: Hiroyasu Machiguchi
Main Programmer: Ken Midorikawa
Game Programmer: Yasuyuki Nagatomo, Naoki Niihama, Takeshi Asaki, Ken Inagaki
Character Design: Daisuke Yoro, Daisuke Chiba, Ayumu Hasegawa, Jun Omoto, Naoki Morita, Hiroyuki Ashida, Hiromichi Iwashita
Music Composer: Harumi Ueko, Atsuki
Sound Effect: Yoshihiko Koezuka
Hardware Producer: M. Okada
DSP Programmer: NWK
Software Tool Support: Kami
Hardware System Design: H. Konishi
Hardware Design: T. Kobayashi, H. Yamashita
Document Design: Hideaki Minoda
Product Design: Masaaki Uematsu, Kenji Fujinaka
Mechanical Engineer: Yuji Tamura, Yoshinobu Kitami
Director: Hiroyuki Ashida



Sony PlayStation 2 (2000, "Gradius III & IV")
Sony PSP (2006, "Gradius Collection")

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