Lost In Translation/Parodius Da! - Shinwa kara Owarai e

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Parodius Da!
Shinwa kara Owarai e
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Manufacturer Konami
Released 1990
8-way Joystick
3 Button(s)
Main CPU KONAMI (@ 3.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2151 (@ 3.580 MHz)
K053260 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
288 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
2,048 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 8 ROMs
2,949,120 bytes (2.81 MiB)
MAME ID parodius · parodisj

About The Game

Created as a parody of Konami's own superb and challenging "Gradius" series of shoot-em-ups, Parodius Da! acquired its own identity and would spawn sequels of its own. It maintained the same intuitive power-up system of "Nemesis", "Salamander" et. al. but adopted a graphical style that was entirely its own; something that becomes evident at the very start of the game when players can chose to pilot either a penguin or an octopus rather that the traditional Gradius ship. Parodius' eccentricity and unique humour is further demonstrated soon after the game begins; as players face such enemies as a giant belly-dancing woman and a half-cat/half-boat creature.


The title of this game is a combination of the 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.

Level Music Overview

King Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Parodius Da! Original Game Soundtrack - KICA-1011) on 21/07/1990.


  1. Parodius - Tako wa Chikyuu o Sukuu (1988, MSX)
  2. Parodius Da! - Shinwa kara Owarai e (1990)
  3. Gokujyou Parodius! - Kako no Eikou wo Motomete (1994)
  4. Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius (1995, Nintendo Super Famicom)
  5. Sexy Parodius (1996)


Main Programmers
Character Designers
Touyou Syoutarou
-Cameo- Matano
-Dokuo- Umeno
Hard Designer
Dendou Konishi
Tool Designers
Au Toshimi
Kanton Ten

Cabinet and Artwork


Nintendo Game Boy (1991)
NEC PC-Engine (1992)
Nintendo Famicom (1992)
Nintendo Super Famicom (1992, "Parodius Non-Sense Fantasy")
Sony PlayStation (1994, "Parodius Deluxe Pack")
Sega Saturn (1995, "Parodius Deluxe")
Sony PSP (2007, "Parodius Portable")
Sharp X68000 (1991)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
MIDI Power X68000 Collection ver.1.0 KICA-7602[1] 1992-05-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
Parodius da! -from myth into comedy- KICA-1011[2] 1990-07-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
Perfect Selection Parodius da! -from myth into comedy- KICA-1032[3] 1991-06-21 King Records Inc. CD version.
MIDI Power Pro Best Selection KICA-7670[4] 1995-08-04 King Records Inc. CD version.
MIDI Power X68000 Collection ver.1.0 KICA-7907[5] 1998-09-23 King Records CD version.
Parodius da! -from myth into comedy- KICA-7904[6] 1998-09-23 King Records Inc. CD version.
Konami Ending Collection KICA-1046~7[7] 1991-10-21 King Records 2 CD version.
Original Sound of Parodius - MSX Version BY12-5023[8] 1988-05-21 Apollon Compusic CD version.
Original Sound of Parodius - MSX Version KHY-1032[9] 1988-05-21 Apollon Compusic Cassette version.
Super Famicom Magazine Volume 4 - New Game Sound Museum TIM-SFC04[10] 1992-01-01 Tokuma Shoten Publishing CD version.
Classic in Game Music - Legend Compilation Series SCDC-00463[11] 2005-09-21 Scitron Discs CD version.
Kyuukyoku Parodius KICA-7759[12] 1997-05-03 King Records CD version.
Parodius da! -from myth into comedy- KITA-1011[13] 1990-07-21 King Records Inc. Cassette version.
Konami Sound Catalog Vol.3 Special Digest Disc 8DCH-91114[14] 1991-01-01 King Records CD version.
Mega Video Game Music Volume 1 WT 200[15] 1996-01-01 WTMC CD version.


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The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
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