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Parodius Sat title.png
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Konami
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Game total: 2
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (2 tracks)
Genre: Compilation, Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥5,800 T-9501G
Sega Saturn
£? T-9501H-50
Sega Saturn
?F T-9501H-50
Sega Saturn
DM ? T-9501H-50
Sega Saturn
?Ptas T-9501H-50
Sega Saturn
?PLN ?

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Parodius, known in Japan as Gokujou Parodius Da! Deluxe Pack (極上パロディウスだ!DELUXE PACK) is a compilation for the Sega Saturn containing the first two arcade Parodius games. It was released for the console in 1995 in Japan and Europe.

Games included

  • Parodius
Parodius or, more accurately, Parodius Da!: Shinwa kara Owarai e (パロディウスだ! -神話からお笑いへ-) is an arcade game released in 1990 and a "sequel" to the original Parodius game released for the MSX in 1988. It is the simpler game of the two, featuring only four characters (Vic Viper (Gradius), Octopus, Twinbee (Twinbee) and Pentarou (Antarctic Adventure)).
This game is the most widely ported Parodius game, having been subsequently brought to the NES, Game Boy, Super Nintendo, and in Japan, the PC Engine and X68000. No versions were released in North America, although the Nintendo ports saw a release in Europe.
  • Parodius: Fantastic Journey
Parodius: Fantastic Journey, also known simply as Fantastic Journey and in Japan, Gokujou Parodius!: Kako no Eikou o Motomete (極上パロディウス ~過去の栄光を求めて~) is the direct sequel to Parodius and was released in 1994. It features twice as many playable characters (technically four times, as the two-player characters use different sprites), bigger stages and is the more forgiving of the two.
Though the arcade release of Fantastic Journey was released in Europe, the only home port, one for the Super Famicom, remained in Japan.


Developed and published by Konami, the Parodius franchise is a parody of Konami's successful Gradius fanchise, as well as other Konami-made franchises such as Antarctic Adventure and Twinbee. Both are side-scrolling shoot-'em-ups in which the player pilots various characters with their own set of weapons. The games are filled references to Konami's history, humour and frequently require you to shoot scantily clad women.

The sequel to Gokujou Parodius, Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius was also released on the Sega Saturn, as was its sequel, Sexy Parodius.


Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Parodius Parodius
Japanese Gokujou Parodius Da! Deluxe Pack (極上パロディウスだ!DELUXE PACK) It's the Best Parodius! DELUXE PACK


Main article: Parodius/Comparisons.

Production credits

Parodius Da!

  • Program: Fururu!, H.'Spark'Ueda
  • Character Design: K-9, M.Mimitabi
  • Sound Design: Hiroshi Tamawari, Kiyohiko Yamane, Osamu Kasai
  • J Co-Ordinate: Takashi Tateishi
  • Product Design: S.Kumasaka
  • Special Thanks: Chichibinta Tsukasa, Kazuya Takahashi, Konami Tri-1, Catheriene Ika, Yukihiro, M.S9S4, T.Minami, AKT, NOR, Tappy, SA/Imaeda, Kazunobu Uehara, Kazuhito Imai, Masaaki Harada
  • Supervise: Halky
  • Produce: Kazumi Kitaue
...And You!
We Love Gradius 1
Source: In-game creditsMedia:GokuParo-pd_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf[2]

Gokujou Parodius!

--Saturn Staff--
  • Program: H."Spark"Ueda, Fururu!
  • Character Design: K-9, M.Mimitabi
  • Sound Design: Hiroshi Tamawari, Kiyohiko Yamane, Osamu Kasai
  • J & Recording Co-Ordinate: Takashi Tateishi
  • Product Design: S.Kumasaka

  • Original AC Staff: Chichibinta Tsukasa, V.Mailer, Shuzilow.Ha, Magurou, Taro Maru, Ishimaroid, Bon.Natsumi, Prophet Fukami, M.Puddin' Satoko, Sitar Senoo, Gokujyou・Tasaka, 118, Million Hide, Suke, Escape Yoshiaki, Nanba Shot Tom, Poper Takashi
  • Special Thanks: Yoshitoh Asari, Konami Tri-1, Yukihiro, Catherine・Ika, M.94, T.Minami, AKT, NOR, Tappy, SA/Imaeda, Kazunobu Uehara, Kazuhito Imai, Masaaki Harada, ...And All Game Makers
  • Supervise: Halky
  • Produce: Kazumi Kitaue
We Love Shooting Games !
Source: In-game creditsMedia:GokuParo-gp_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf[3]

Magazine articles

Main article: Parodius/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

SSM JP 19950601 1995-06.pdf

Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1995-06: "June 1995" (1995-05-08)

GamePro DE 1995-11.pdf

Print advert in GamePro (DE) #1995-11: "November 1995" (1995-10-04)
also published in:
  • MAN!AC (DE) #1995-11: "11/95" (1995-10-11)[1]

VD 22 RU.pdf

Print advert in Velikiy Drakon (RU) #22 (1996-01-10)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
63 [4]
82 №45, p150
78 №336, p31
72 №14, p62/63
83 №44, p22/23 (international)
60 [5]
90 [6]
80 [7]
87 №21, p62/63
63 №47, p60/61
70 [8]
82 [9]
Sega Saturn
Based on
12 reviews

Saturn, EU
Parodius Saturn EU Box.jpg
Saturn, JP
Parodius Saturn JP Box Back.jpgParodius Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Parodius Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Parodius Saturn JP Disc.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
522,096,960 CD-ROM (EU) T-9501H-50 V2.000
Sega Saturn
522,082,848 1995-04-08 CD-ROM (JP) T-9501G V1.001
Sega Saturn
522,082,848 CD-ROM (JP) T-9501G (Alt) V1.002

Track list

1. [data track] ({{{time}}})

2. Opening (00:13)
From: Title Select

3. Konami Logo (00:12)
Running time: 0:25

Extra content

This game has an extra content which can be viewed when accessing the disc on a PC.

Folder / File Type Size description
ABS.TXT TXT (Abstract) 21 Default text.
BIB.TXT TXT (Bibliographiced) 25 Default text.
CPY.TXT TXT (Copyright) 29 Copyright
KAIHATSU.DOC TXT 5,891 Messages from the developers.


NEC Retro has more information related to Parodius Da!.

Gradius / Parodius games for Sega systems
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Gradius Deluxe Pack (1996) | Salamander Deluxe Pack Plus (1997) | Konami Antiques MSX Collection Ultra Pack (1998)
Sega Saturn
Parodius (1995) | Sexy Parodius (1996) | Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius: Forever With Me (1996)