Released in April 1990.
The title of this game is a combination of two words : Parody + "Gradius
" = Parodius. The subtitle of this game translates from Japanese as 'From Myth to Joke', which is a homage to the "Gradius III" subtitle : 'From Legend to Myth'.
During the game's attract mode, potential players are presented with a short history tour of the Nemesis series, as the title screen of each of Parodius's prequels are introduced'; watched, in typical Parodius style, by a crowd of blue and pink penguins.
Pentarou is from the MSX game "Antarctic Adventure
The second boss (Patrotic Eagle) is similar to the first boss of "Gradius 2" (phoenix). This boss is often coined as a reason why Parodius was never released in the U.S.
The Vegas dancer near the end of the second stage is similar to the robot spider near the end of "Gradius 2". She appears in other Parodius games as well.
Stage 1 crucial part music is a remix of 'Symphony No.9 4th Movement', by Beethoven.
Stage 1 boss music is a remix of 'The Flight of the Bumble Bee', by R. Korsakov.
Stage 2-1 music is a remix of 'Op.71a the Nutcracker', by P. Tchaikovsky.
Stage 2-2 music is a remix of the music from "Gradius III".
Stage 2 boss music is a remix of the music from "Gradius II".
Stage 3 music is a megamix of 'Op.71a the Nutcracker', by P. Tchaikovsky. And 'Overture to William Tell', by G. Rossini.
Stage 3 boss music is a remix of 'Orphée aux enfers', by J. Offenbach.
Stage 4 music is a remix of 'Danse du sabre', by A.I. Khachaturyan.
Stage 5 music is a remix of 'L'Arisienne suite No.2', by G. Bizet.
Stage 6 music is a remix of 'from Gunkan March', by Japanese Martial Song.
Stage 6 boss music is a remix of the music from "Gradius
Stage 7 music is a remix of 'Op.71a the Nutcracker Valse des Fleurs', by P. Tchaikovsky.
Stage 8 music is a megamix of 'Violine Konzert e moll', by F. Mendelssohn. And 'Unter dem Doppeladler', by J. F. Wagner.
Stage 9 music is a megamix of 'Peer Gynt Suite', by E. Grieg. And 'Swan Lake', by P. Tchaikovsky.
Stage 9 boss music is a remix of 'William Tell Overture', by G. Rossini.
Stage 10 and Stage 10 boss music are remix of music from "Gradius
King Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Parodius Da! Original Game Soundtrack - KICA-1011) on 21/07/1990.