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Genre(s)Scrolling shooter, Turn-based strategy
Platform(s)Arcade, MSX, X68000, PC Engine, Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Super Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Mobile Phone, PlayStation Portable, Virtual Console (Wii and Wii U), Project EGG (from Windows Store)
First releaseParodius: The Octopus that Saves the Earth
April 28, 1988
Latest releaseParo Wars
September 1997

Parodius[lower-alpha 1] is a series of horizontally scrolling shooters developed by Konami. The games are tongue-in-cheek parodies of Gradius, and also feature characters from many other Konami franchises.[1]

Video games

There are six games in the Parodius series. The last of them, Paro Wars, is a spin-off strategy game.[2]

The only games released outside Japan are From Myth to Laughter and Fantastic Journey, which received European localizations. None of them were released in the Americas.

Parodius games have been ported to several different platforms, including arcade machines, mobile phones, and home consoles. Visit the article about a game to see a full list of available platforms for it:

Year International title Transcribed Japanese title Original platform
1988 Parodius: The Octopus Saves the Earth Parodiusu: Tako wa Chikyū o Sukū MSX
1990 Parodius! From Myth to Laughter Parodiusu Da! Shinwa kara Owarai Arcade
1994 Fantastic Journey Gokujō Parodiusu - Kako no Eikō o Motomete Arcade
1995 Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodiusu Super Famicom
1996 Sexy Parodius Sekushī Parodiusu Arcade
1997 Paro Wars Parowōzu Playstation


Year International title Transcribed Japanese title Games included Platforms
1994 Parodius Gokujō Parodiusuda! Derakkusupakku From Myth to Laughter
Fantastic Journey
Sega Saturn
2007 Parodius Portable Parodiusu Pōtaburu All except for Paro Wars PSP

Pachinko machines

In addition to the video games, a number of Parodius-themed pachinko mechanical games have been released in Japan:

  • Little Pirates (1998)
  • CR Parodius Da! EX (2000)
  • CR Parodius Da! ZE (2000)
  • CR Parodius Da! 2 (2000)
  • CR Saikoro Tin Douty (2004)
  • CR Gokujō Parodius! (2006)
  • Gokuraku Parodius (2010)
  • Gokuraku Parodius A (2010)

See also

  • Air Zonk and Super Air Zonk, colorful shooter games by Hudson Soft starring its mascot character
  • Harmful Park, a PlayStation game inspired by Parodius
  • Otomedius, another series of parody shooters by Konami
  • Space Invaders '95, a cartoonish parody of Space Invaders
  • Star Parodier, a game by Hudson Soft that follows a similar concept
  • TwinBee, a cartoon-themed series of shooters by Konami



  1. "Parodius". Retrieved 21 September 2019. 
  2. "Paro Wars". Retrieved 21 September 2019. 

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