Destroy the Core!
One of the earliest games in the Gradius series. In Nemesis (just known as Gradius in Japan), the player maneuverers a spacecraft known as the Vic Viper that must defend itself from the various alien enemies. The game features a power-up system called the "power meter", based upon collecting capsules to 'purchase' additional weapons.
- 2 Player
In Japan, the game spawned a couple of spoofs called Parodius Da! and it's sequel Gokujyo Parodius. The games' graphics were made to be "cute" and the enemies were changed to cats, penguins, etc.
The player controls the trans-dimensional spaceship Vic Viper, and must battle waves of enemies through various environments.
How to Play
If a whole wave of enemies is destroyed a power orb is released that, when collected, increases an indicator at the bottom of the screen enabling the player to select various power-ups such as bombs, speedup, lasers, and orbitals that mirror the players movements.