Site History - 201127th December 2011
Konami has released their third DLC stage.
ＥＸ３ どんぶり島ステージ（２０１１／１２／２７ 配信、４８０ ＭＳＰ）
EX3 Donburi Island Stage (Released 27/12/2011, 480MSP)
Note:Donburi translates as Bowl.
22nd December 2011
The Mameworld site is now back after some site hacking took it offline for almost a week.
Mr Do's Arcade section has lot of artwork scans for various games in MAME including most of the Gradius related games scanned by me.
I haven't had a reply yet about my new Gradius II GOFER no Yabou but I guess after a major hack that takes the site offline, it may be a bit of time until the new artwork is on his site.
21st December 2011
MAME supports background artwork like bezels, backgrounds etc... the original versions I scanned a few years back (shown below), Mr. Do done the lay file for it (Mr. Do's MAME artwork page is currently offline), the dark colour around the logo's on the instruction cards is due to a foil section which doesn't scan too well, last time I coloured it a dark blue but this time I've decided to add a metallic type background to simulate the foil effect.
After looking at KEI-KO Fujisaki's machines (of which I'm so jealous), I noticed the large side banners on her Gradius II GOFER no Yabou machine, I thought wouldn't that be great to recreate that in MAME.
I managed to win a pair of large side artwork in an auction, pretty rare items apparently and not cheap, I paid £160 for a pair in pretty much mint condition, I already have the top & bottom banners and the two side instruction cards.
I decided to not simulate the monitor bezel more than 5px on the left and right as it made the game image smaller, the top and bottom I cannot do anything about.
As the art is pretty large I've done two versions, 25% and 50%, the 50% can slow down the game some what as the art is so big.
They are the same name as that's how MAME needs it, just put one or the other vulcan.zip file in the MAME Artwork folder and run the game.
The long version of the artwork, the Seven and a new computer.
Over the last few months I have been cleaning up some scans I done of the complete set of Gradius II GOFER no Yabou artwork for use in MAME.
I scanned them at 300dpi 600dpi and 1200dpi, the 1200dpi version is just too large to edit even on the new system listed below (almost 10000x26000px - 500MB PNG for the large side artworks).
The goldilocks approach was the best choice, the 300dpi didn't show enough detail making edited difficult and the 1200dpi images made the computer unusable so I decided to edit the 600dpi version which is 4650x12748px - 148MB PNG.
Even this brought my poor AMD Athlon X2 XP system with 2GB of RAM to its knees, so an upgrade was required.
I don't upgrade that often these days as computers have levelled off over the last five years or so (unless you play games that is, which I don't much), my XP system is five and half years old with some tweaks a few years back, like an 160GB Intel X25-M SSD which made it feel like new again, I just needed more RAM.
I decided to splash some cash on a new homebuilt system (I always build my own workstations).
I bought two copies of Windows 7 Home Premium retail at launch ( I installed one on my laptop) but never got around to using the other version on my desktop as it just ran slower than XP on that hardware.
Anyway, I had no choice but to finally go with Windows 7 x64 as I wanted more RAM, another story is Windows 7 Home Premium only supports 16GB of RAM, so I had to buy an anytime upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate, £100 just for a code, what a rip off.
So here's the list for those interested in what I bought, I already had a case, PSU, graphics card, fans, hard drives, monitors, Keyboard and mouse.
Items I already had from my old XP system
Antec 4U22ATX400UK Rackmount Chassis (I had to modify the lid as the Noctua heatsink was too large for the case by about 20mm).
Noctua NF-R8 80mm Quiet Case Fan x2
Noctua NF-P12 Vortex-Control 120mm Quiet Case Fan x2
Enermax 650W Infiniti EIN650AWT Modular Quad CPU & SLi/CFire PSU 85% Eff' DXX EPS12V/ATX12V.
Supermicro CSE-M35T1 Five Drive SATA Rack Mount (Ivory) x2 (with help from the late Mred and myself, we modified them to fit 120mm Noctua fans as the original 80mm fans were very noisy).
PNY NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 PCI-E Graphics Card - 1GB (old but good enough for real work).
Various large hard drives.
DELL - UltraSharp U2711 27" Widescreen LCD Monitor.
HP L2335 23" Flat Panel TFT Monitor.
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard (five year old, which I modified to an orange LED backlight as the standard blue looked pretty crap).
Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer with Intellieye USB (my trusty eight year old optical mouse).
Items bought for the new workstation
Asus P9X79 PRO S2011 Intel X79 DDR3 ATX
Intel Core i7-3930K 3.20GHz S2011 12MB
Kingston 16GB (4 x 4GB) HyperX DDR3 1600MHz 240-pin DIMM CL9 XMP (two lots of to make 32GB)
Intel 300GB 320 Series MLC 2.5" 25nm SATA-300 9.5mm SSD
Noctua NH-D14-2011 Dual Radiator Cooler with PWM fans, LGA2011 only.
System is built and running great, some software is still needed here and there as Windows 7 can be a bit annoying sometimes, here are some photos of the build for those interested.
20th December 2011
Another new stage has been released.
ＥＸ２ エビス星ステージ（２０１１／１２／２０ 配信、４８０ ＭＳＰ）
EX2 Ebisu Star Stage (Released 20/12/2011, 480MSP)
13th December 2011
Well I'm back after a main system upgrade, still a few things to sort out, so here are some new updates for Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！） .
Finally a new stage has been released.
聖グラディウス学園ステージ（２０１１／１２／１３ 配信、４８０ ＭＳＰ）
St Gradius School Stage (Released 13/12/2011, 480MSP)
Also last week two Icon Packs and another Uniform Pack were released.
ゲーマーアイコン （２０１１／１２ ／０６ 配信、８０ＭＳＰ）
Game Icons (Released 06/12/2011, 80MSP)
ゲーマーアイコン （２０１１／１２ ／０６ 配信、８０ＭＳＰ）
Game Icons Strarf/Belmont/Venom/Operetta/Dark Force (Released 06/12/2011, 80MSP)
聖グラディウス学園の体操服Ver. 月士華風魔 （２０１１／１２ ／０６ 配信、１６０ ＭＳＰ）
St Gradius School Gymnastics Clothing Ver. Gesshi Hanafuuma (Released 06/12/2011, 160MSP)
29th November 2011
Even more Japanese DLC, three characters costumes to go.
エプロンドレスVer. ポイニー・クーン （２０１１／１１／２９ 配信、１６０ ＭＳＰ）
Apron Dress Ver. Poini Coon (Released 29/11/2011, 160MSP)
浴衣Ver. アーンヴァル （２０１１／１１／２９ 配信、４４０ＭＳＰ）
Bathrobe Ver. Arnval (Released 29/11/2011, 160MSP)
Total DLC (so far) costs almost as much as the game was to buy.
Game 7140円 - Total DLC 6480円.
22nd November 2011
More Japanese DLC, five characters costumes to go.
バクテリアン軍士官服Ver. ５ティタ・ニューム （２０１１／１１／２２ 配信、１６０ ＭＳＰ）
Bacterian Soldiers Uniform Ver. Tita Nium (Released 22/11/2011, 160MSP)
レストラン制服Ver. エスメラルダ （２０１１／１１／２２ 配信、１６０ ＭＳＰ）
Restaurant Uniform Ver. Esmeralda (Released 22/11/2011, 160MSP)
Also I've decided to go back to the random logo on this page.
15th November 2011
Another week and another Japanese DLC, seven characters costumes to go.
吊るしのドレスVer. ジオール・トゥイー （２０１１／１１／１５ 配信、１６０ ＭＳＰ）
The Hanging Dress Ver. Diol Twee (Released 15/11/2011, 160MSP)
王家のドレスVer. マドカ （２０１１／１１／１５ 配信、１６０ ＭＳＰ）
Royal Dress Ver. Madoka (Released 15/11/2011, 160MSP)
8th November 2011
More DLC for the Japanese release of Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！）, this time Uniform packs..
聖グラディウス学園の制服Ver. 空羽亜乃亜 （２０１１／１１／０８ 配信、１６０ ＭＳＰ）
St. Gradius School Uniform Ver. Aoba Anoa (Released 08/11/2011, 160MSP)
伝説の航空服Ver. エリュー・トロン （２０１１／１１／０８ 配信、１６０ ＭＳＰ）
Legendary Flight Suit Ver. Erul Tron (Released 08/11/2011, 160MSP)
3rd November 2011
Both versions of Otomedius Excellent are now in stock at Amazon.com, so go and buy this great game.
Amazon - $29.99
Amazon Limited Edition - $49.99
1st November 2011
What I believe will be the last music pack for Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！） is out.
Ｖｏｌ。９ ココロ・ベルモンドパック（２０１１／１１／０１ 配信、４４０ＭＳＰ）
Vol.9 Kokoro Belmont Pack (Released 01/11/2011, 440MSP)
Also after months of delays the US release Otomedius Excellent is finally out, or is it, Amazon and Konami still show the Pre Order banner, maybe later today that will change.
UPDATE - Konami's site now shows BUY NOW rather than PRE ORDER but Amazon shows the Collector Special Edition as 'Temporarily out of stock'.and the Standard as 'Usually ships within 1 to 3 months', strange for a game that came out today.
UPDATE 2 - Finally got around to translating the track names for all the music packs
25th October 2011
Another week, another music pack DLC is out now for Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！）.
Ｖｏｌ。８ アーンヴァルパック（２０１１／１０／２５ 配信、４４０ＭＳＰ）
Vol.8 Arnval Pack (Released 25/10/2011, 440MSP)
This only leaves Pack 9 to go, it's almost like their in a rush to release all the music packs before the US release.
18th October 2011
Konami are on a roll now, another music pack DLC is out now for Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！）.
Vol. 2 Erul Tron Pack (Released 18/10/2011, 440MSP)
This only leaves Pack 8 and 9 to go, it would be nice to see a Stage pack but I guess we will have to wait for that.
11th October 2011
Yet another music pack DLC is out now for Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！）.
Ｖｏｌ。４ ジオール・トゥイーパック（２０１１／１０／１１ 配信、４４０ＭＳＰ）
Vol. 4 Diol Twee Pack (Released 11/10/2011, 440MSP)
4th October 2011
It's been a long wait but finally the latest character for Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！） has been release by Konami.
ココロ・ベルモンド （声：原田ひとみ） （２０１１／１０／０４ 配信、４００ＭＳＰ）
Belmont Heart (Voice: Harada Hitomi) (Released 04/10/2011, 400MSP)
28th September 2011
Konami has released a large update for Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレン.ト！） Xbox 360.
Lots of difficulty balancing and other stuff, see this discussion thread for more details, thanks go to dieKatze88 for pointing it out.
19th September 2011
After years of searching the quest is over, I've finally got my hands on one of the rare Gradius games, the great Windows 95 games collection - Gradius Deluxe Pack.
See GameStone's Collection for more images of the collection.
I managed to get hold of the disc only last month, but this time I found a complete boxed version, won the auction and it's all mine in excellent addition, this is the only one I have ever seen available and it's all mine.
Also got the excellent Raiden IV for Xbox 360 (Special Edition with the soundtrack CD), cracking game, excellent music and great playability, well worth playing.
Also picked up a few other items too, more on the way.
I'm working on a database for all the merchandise with information, prices, images etc, as it's getting a little out of control to manage, this will take months to complete but should make it easier to see what's available and to show the true extent of the collection.
14th September 2011
Well, looks like the US release of Otomedius Excellent has been put back again to 1st November 2011.
5th September 2011
KONAMI SHOOTING COLLECTION (CD) LC2039-2048, complete track listing are now shown on Konami Style, this looks to be great music collection from Konami.
English translation of the track name also complete.
30th August 2011
One more DLC is out now for Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！）.
Ｖｏｌ。１０ ストラーフ パック（２０１１／０８ ／３０ 配信、４４０ＭＳＰ）
Vol. 10 Strarf Pack (Released 30/08/2011, 440MSP)
Added all the track names and music arrangers
It looks like there will be ten music packs, at 440MSP each that's 4400MSP total, with the extra stages, characters and icons, it will add up to more than the actual game!
14th August 2011
I finally got around to transferring my precious save games from my PlayStation Memory cards to the PC using uLaunchELF.
While using MemcardRex on the PC, I found it has an option to view and rip the small icon associated with each game save, as some are animated I decided to ripped all the Gradius related stuff.
MemcardRex (PlayStation Memory Card Manager).
Gradius Deluxe Pack, 3 frames.
Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus
Even though they are only 16x16 pixels, they are quite detailed (the above are scaled to 64x64 pixels).
See the Downloads Sprite Rips section for the images.
13th August 2011
Here are some images of the latest merchandise I've just bought for my ever expanding collection.
Yes I had to have it, the First Edition of Otomedius オトメディウス ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK LC1852-54.
Also some demo versions of Gradius III AND IV & Gradius Deluxe Pack.
Plus you can't miss the Laser Disc for Konami Shooting Best, see GameStone's Collection for more images.
One thing I will say for a game that came out twenty years ago, the Xexex PCB and instructions are in absolutely mint condition.
30th July 2011
I've converted this pages code to HTML5, this allows me to you the new video and audio tags
Only this page at the moment has been changed as my scripts would need updating, I thought I would make use of the new audio tag, this is only just for fun and doesn't work in all browsers, I've tested it in Firefox 5 but does not work in Internet Explorer 8 but should be fine in IE9.
Gradius - Coin
Your browser does not support the audio element.
Gradius II - Coin
Your browser does not support the audio element.
Gradius III - Coin
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Thunder Cross - Title
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26th July 2011
Lots more DLC is out now for Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！）.
Ｖｏｌ。３ マドカパック（２０１１／０７／２６ 配信、４４０ＭＳＰ）
Vol. 3 Madoka Pack (Released 26/07/2011, 440MSP)
Vol. 5 Tita Nium Pack (Released 26/07/2011, 440MSP)
Ｖｏｌ。７ 月士華風魔パック（２０１１／０７／２６ 配信、４４０ＭＳＰ）
Vol. 7 Gesshi Hanafuuma Pack (Released 26/07/2011, 440MSP)
Update: added all the track names and music arrangers
8th July 2011
More Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！） DLC.
Only Game Icons (ゲーマーアイコン) this time
Icon 1 (Released 08/07/2011, 80MSP)
Anoa, Erul,, Madoka, Diol, Tita
5th July 2011
A new music collection from Konami, I've added track listing and translations.
This mega sized 10 disc collection contains music from:-
Salamander, TwinBee, Thunder Cross, XEXEX and many others.
Release Date: 22nd September 2011
Price: 13,650円 (tax included)
Specifications: Disc Album 12cmCD 10 (Maxi Case)
Case Three-way back
48 page booklet included
Now this looks like a great collection of tunes.
4th July 2011
Games and Merchandise update, my last order arrived last week but I've only just got around to photographing them yesterday.
See GameStone's Collection page for more images.
2nd July 2011
Updated the Emulation section as some of the emulators have been updated or changed web addresses.
24th June 2011
First DLC is out now for Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！） .
Vol. 1 Aoba Anoa Pack (Released 24/06/2011, 440MSP)
ストラーフ （声：茅原実里） ４００ＭＳＰ
Strarf (Voice: Chihara Minori) 400MSP
12th June 2011
After a week a drawing, editing and layouts, here's GameStone's newest logo.
It's a little late as the game has been out for almost three years but here it is:-
Otomedius G (Gorgeous!).
Lets hope Otomedius Excellent is a great success and Konami then decides to release Otomedius Gorgeous in the west, If Konami does go this route they have my blessing to use the custom logo for that release.
Note: The image below links to the quarter resolution versions, see the Art Work section for half and full resolution versions.
7th June 2011
Updated the Otomedius Excellent logo again, I decided to make the word 'Excellent' 25% bigger compared to the 0.6 revision.
Also added text to the image to show it's NOT the official Konami game logo as some people are getting a little confused.
Note: The images below link to the quarter resolution versions, see the Art Work section for half and full resolution versions.
4th June 2011
A new Gradius game in the arcades from KPE.
Gradius The Slot
1st June 2011
Check out these wonderful videos by the talented Gradius fan - Riccardo Faidutti (aka rickonami).
Gradius II Gofer no Yabou Intro 3D HD PC-ENGINE at 1080p
Gradius III Intro 3D HD SNES at 1080p
30th May 2011
I'm disappointed with the logo used on the US release of the game and made my own version last year, I've now put together some box art of how it would look on the official release.
I also made some fake PS3 and PSP box art for the fun of it.
Note that the images are only linking to the Quarter Resolution versions, see GameStone Artwork section for half and full resolution versions..
29th May 2011
Started some translations for Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！） menus.
21st May 2011
Moved the Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！） section around a little, some information added about the weapon cards.
The game has been out a month and still no DLC yet!
I've finally got around to adding the new merchandise I bought at the same time as the game to GameStone's Collection.
12th May 2011
Added US box for Otomedius Excellent and adjusted the release date, it's now the 19th July 2011, also adjusted the count down to reflect the new date.
7th May 2011
Finally got my game, I'll add images and stuff much later.
21st April 2011
Well the game has finally come out, i should be getting my copy by the end of next week.
19th April 2011
Oops, it would seam that Konami made some mistakes on the Otomedius Original Soundtrack disc collection.
I've updated my track names with the revised names.
On a brighter note, it's only two days till the game now!!!
16th April 2011
The game I've had on preorder for the last 92 days and have known about for almost a year is almost upon us.
Just under 5 days until the official launch of Konami's newest Xbox 360 shoot'em-up game Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！）.
I can't wait!
3rd April 2011
Added some stage information and moved the Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！） section around a bit.
26th March 2011
More merchandise added to my collection, see GameStone's Collection for more images.
I've found a new Parodius Pachi game today made by KPE called Gokuraku Parodius
KPE パチスロ 極楽パロディウス.
It looks like a fruit machine type Pachinko game, the official site has wallpapers, screen saver to download and a video advertising the game.
I also just ripped Vic Viper from the site for you viewing pleasure.
25th March 2011
More screen shots added to Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！）
Also the Otomedius soundtrack is out now.
20th March 2011
I've translated some of the menus used in Otomedius G (Gorgeous!) オトメディウスＧ（ゴージャス！） this should help with playing the game.
18th March 2011
Konami has decided to postponed the release of Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！） in Japan until next month (Thursday 21st April 2011) due the earthquake in Japan.
Read Konami's short message on the link below.
Moved some of the screen shots about and added some more, also now listed the development screen shot separately.
12th March 2011
Konami have posted Trailer 01 for Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！） on Japanese Xbox Live, added some screen captures from the video.
6th March 2011
I've added a celebratory Otomedius Home World! logo to this page, this will be displayed for a few months to celebrate the new game which comes out in a few weeks.
Newest Windy Icon (on the right) much smoother than the original 64px version with lots more detail.
I can feel the next version of Gradius Corner will be done soon.
Gradius Corner Updated to version 4, the image is way too big for this page now, see the art work section for details as well as the other views of the Windy arcade icon..
2nd March 2011
Cleaned up the composer names for Otomedius G (Gorgeous!) as well as renamed some of the tunes.
Added the Japanese and English CD track listing for the Otomedius ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, 24-03-2011 - LC1852-1854 - 3600円.
Only THREE weeks to go....
27th February 2011
Second release (v0.2) of the unofficial 9th CD to compliment Gradius Ultimate Collection, Gradius Generations was just way too quiet compared to the other tracks in the collection.
26th February 2011
Reorganised the Merchandise and consolidated the various multimedia sections into one long page for each section to make it easier to find stuff and update.
Also added the new Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！） badge and phone cleaner.
I've put together an unofficial 9th CD to compliment Gradius Ultimate Collection with some of the missing tunes.
Added the 40 achievements for the game Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！） , thanks for dieKatze88 for the link to the information.
22nd February 2011
I been acquiring new merchandise over the last few months, so I thought while the collection was unpacked I would take some photos, so here they are, they are original resolution images so you can see the detail.
18th February 2011
Windy 128px Version
Even more Windy machine icons, this time a 128px version with much more detail, only the front of the machine done so far as this is a work in progress.
You can see the detail that's added with each resolution change.
32px, 64px v1, 64px v2, 64px v3 (all resized to make them the same size as the 128px version).
Finally got around to added the hidden tune cheat (A Long Time Ago) to Gradius III Arcade - Cheats Section
Also only 33 days till the "Excellent" new game from Konami.
28th January 2011
I decided to make a rear view of the Windy machines but I found out they don't line up too good back to back, so I also needed to edit the front views yet again.
Gradius Corner v3, new Windy, Windy II Machines, Exit door and less seats on the two player games.
I may start making new machines like Solar Assault and Otomedius to give the arcade some variety.
Based on the new edited Windy icons which now include the original marquee.
Windy - (Pink) - 1 and 2 Player control panels.
Windy II - (Blue) - 1 and 2 Player control panels.
16th January 2011
After making the Windy machine icon I thought I would create a small pixel art arcade.
I had to make some one and two player Windy and Windy II machines as well as posters and chairs.
15th January 2011
More Otomedius X (Excellent!) stuff leaking out, hi-res box scan and T301 card.
14th January 2011
More Windy icon editing, as you can see I've added a lot more detail to the original 64px version.
You can even see the Konami logo on the top of the machine and almost read Windy on the side..
12th January 2011
Yeah, Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスＸ（エクセレント！） has a Japanese release date, countdown adjusted to the new date.
Plus a special download card:- Awards Edition; Vic RV "T-301" Ver when you buy the game.
Konamistyle official page, lots of information, three different releases, sound tacks and more, the marketing machine is kicking into gear.
Thanks go to.dieKatze88 for the link.
More music from Konami, this time the very nice collection of all the Otomedius tracks.
Otomedius ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, 24-03-2011 - LC1852-1854 - 3600円
This is turning into an expensive year for Gradius stuff.