Lost In Translation/Gradius III - Densetsu Kara Shinwa-e

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Gradius III
Densetsu Kara Shinwa-e
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Manufacturer Konami
Released 1989
8-way Joystick
3 Button(s)
Main CPU (2x) 68000 (@ 10.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2151 (@ 3.580 MHz)
K007232 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
2,048 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 25 ROMs
3,997,952 bytes (3.81 MiB)
MAME ID gradius3 · grdius3a · grdius3e

About The Game

Gradius III - Densetsu Kara Shinwa-e is an arcade video game shoot-em-up.


The subtitle of this game translates from Japanese as 'From Legend to Myth'.

This game is known outside Asia and Japan as "Gradius III".

Konami released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Gradius Arcade Soundtrack - KMCA-155) on 03/04/2002.

Tips And Tricks

Play First Level Of "Salamander" Or "Gradius"

In Stage 10, when you are at the last boss of the game, get hit by the boss' attack that comes out of its mouth. You will then be taken either to Salamander stage 1 or Gradius stage 1.

Stage Skip

  1. Turn Odd Number Dip Switches except Dip 1-5 AFTER boot up. As follows :
    • Coin A = 1 Coin/6 Credits
    • Coin B = 1 Coin/6 Credits
    • Lives = 3
    • Cabinet = Upright
    • Bonus Life = 50000
    • Difficulty = Hard
    • Demo Sounds = Off
    • Flip Screen = On
    • Upright Controls = Single
    • Service Mode = On
    • Unknown = Off
  2. In game, hold Service Switch (Coin 3 = Key 7 in Mame) then press 1P Start Button.


  1. Nemesis (1985)
  2. Salamander (1986)
  3. Gradius 2 (1987, MSX)
  4. Vulcan Venture (1988)
  5. Nemesis 3 - The Eve of Destruction (1988, MSX)
  6. Gradius III - Densetsu Kara Shinwa-e (1989)
  7. Gradius - The Interstellar Assault (1991, Nintendo Game Boy)
  8. Nemesis '90 Kai (1993, Sharp X68000)
  9. Salamander 2 (1996)
  10. Solar Assault - Gradius (1997)
  11. Solar Assault - Revisited (1997)
  12. Gradius Gaiden (1997, Sony PlayStation)
  13. Gradius IV - Fukkatsu (1999)
  14. Gradius Generation (2002, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)
  15. Gradius V (2003, Sony PlayStation 2)


Hiroyasu Machiguchi
Game Programmers
T. Shimomura
Yuko Itoh
M. Ozawa
Graphic Designers
T. Miyoshi
M. Igarashi
R. Itoh
K. Hattori
Y. Asano
Sound Editors
J. Kaneda
S. Fukami
M. Higashino
K. Nakamura
Mutsuhiko Izumi
K. Ban
K. Itoh
Title Designers
F. Shibuya
M. Yoshihashi


Nintendo Super Famicom (1991)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2000, "Gradius III & IV")
Sony PSP (2006, "Gradius Collection")
Sharp X68000

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
MIDI Power ver.3.0 X68000 Collection KICA-7615[1] 1993-07-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
Gradius Arcade Soundtrack KMCA-155~6[2] 2002-04-24 Konami Music Entertainment 2 CD version.
Gradius III KICA-1001[3] 1990-02-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
Symphonic Poem Gradius III KICA-1010[4] 1990-06-05 King Records Inc. CD version.
Perfect Selection Gradius KICA-1048[5] 1991-11-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
Perfect Selection Konami Battle the Best KICA-1189[6] 1996-09-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
MIDI Power Pro Best Selection KICA-7670[7] 1995-08-04 King Records Inc. CD version.
Kukeiha Club & Konami Kukeiha Club Best Vol.1 KICA-7820[8] 1997-12-22 King Records Inc. CD version.
Konami GM Hits Factory II KICA-1131[9] 1993-10-21 King Records CD version.
Perfect Selection Gradius Part 2 KICA-1112[10] 1992-11-06 King Records Inc. CD version.
Gradius In Classic I KICA-7624[11] 1993-12-22 King Records Inc. CD version.
Gradius Tribute SCDC-00530[12] 2006-12-20 Happinet CD version.
Gradius IV Fukkatsu Original Game Soundtrack KICA-7947[13] 1999-03-05 King Records CD version.
Super Famicom Magazine Volume 1 - New Game Sound Museum TIM-SFC01[14] 1991-08-10 Tokuma Shoten Publishing CD version.
Konami Special Music Golden Treasure Chest 220A-7721~3[15] 1989-12-21 King Records Inc. 3 CD version.
Gradius III KITA 1001[16] 1990-02-21 King Records Inc. Cassette version.
Yajuh-Ohkoku / CANDY KOLA-004[17] 2002-11-07 Konami Music Entertainment CD version.
Konami Sound Catalog Vol.3 Special Digest Disc 8DCH-91114[18] 1991-01-01 King Records CD version.


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.