It all began with a single meteorite impact.
Ramiles, the fifth planet in the peaceful and prosperous Gradius system, suddenly lapsed into silence. Moreover, communications ceased from all spacecraft navigating the region. The federal government of Gradius viewed the situation gravely and immediately commenced an investigation to shed light on the mystery.
Soon after, the startling truth was revealed.
Centuries before, Gradius had destroyed the fortress planet of its enemy, the Bacterions, in a final, decisive battle. As a result, countless planetary fragments embedded with self-breeding DNA program of an enemy biological weapon were scattered into space. One of those fragments entered into a wide-range orbit and, after 400 years, returned to the Gradius system as a meteorite. After impacting on Ramiles, the DNA program in the meteorite immediately activated itself. The planet was subdued in mere moments.
With their planet in flames, the people of Ramiles —powerless to counterattack— were crushed with despair. Then one day, an old man looked up to the sky. Reflected in his eyes was the white vapor trail of a combat ship in flight traced against a crimson-dyed sky. The old man was convinced that the ship was the Vic Viper, a super-spatial temporal fighter he had heard of in legend as a child. Seeing this, a faint hope glowed within the old man's heart.
Now, as the people's distant memories return from the ashes, a new battle is about to begin...
PLAYERS: 1 Player
GENRE: Action, Shoot 'Em Up
RELEASE YEAR: 2001