In 1988 Konami stormed the arcades with their highly anticipated follow up to Gradius. Despite being a fairly prominent release, this fantastic horizontal shooter only made its way onto the Nintendo Famicom, Sharp X68000 and PC Engine CD, all of which remaining as Japanese exclusives. Sega Mega Drive owners, however, may soon be sampling this exclusive shmup thanks to an unofficial conversion.
Despite plenty of footage being available on YouTube of this Mega Drive port, the development behind the Gradius II conversion is somewhat hazy. Japanese homebrew developer Nendo16 has been showcasing his work in action each step of the way, yet there’s little in terms of documentation as to which version the port is being made from or whether or not the game is nearing release.
This may be down to some key facts being lost in translation, but either way the possibility of enjoying Gradius II on the 16-bit system is nearing closer. As we keep a close eye on Nendo16 for future developments and release dates, here’s a quick preview of the unofficial conversion.
Gradius II (In-Development Mega Drive Conversion)
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