Gradius (グラディウス Guradiusu?) is a 1985 horizontally scrolling shoot ’em up video game developed and published by Konami, originally released as a coin-operated arcade game in 1985. It was the first game in the Gradius series of shoot ’em ups. In Gradius, the player maneuvers a spacecraft known as the Vic Viper that must defend itself from the various alien enemies. The game features a power-up system in which a weapon selection meter called the “power meter”, based upon collecting capsules to ‘purchase’ additional weapons. It is next to Dr. Mario on our Red Tent Nintendo.