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Gradius IV Fukkatsu


Gradius IV Fukkatsu

Works with some graphic problems, can run very slow when lots of polygons are on displayed

Sounds is much better after my bug report 03275 was fixed

1st Added MAME 0.86

Solar Assault Gradius


Solar Assault Gradius (Japanese release)

Solar Assault (ver JAA)

Loads and plays fine.

1st Added MAME 0.188

Solar Assault Revised


Solar Assault Revised (Japanese release)

Solar Assault Revised (ver JAA)

Loads and plays fine.

1st Added MAME 0.188

Solar Assault


Solar Assault (US release)

Solar Assault (ver UAA)

Loads and plays fine.

1st Added MAME 0.104u6

(Even More Countdowns)


Gradius Home World Discord

3rd June 2019

R-Type Final 2 Kickstarter has started.

9th May 2019

Fans come to the rescue again.

Imagine playing Gradius III on the Super Famicom (SNES) without slowdown!

Well now you can, amazing work on (in my opinion) the best version of Gradius III has just got better.

20th April 2019

How can Konami mess such a simple thing up.

The Arcade Archives (PS4) games contain all the different releases of a game (Gradius II GOFER no Yabou also has Vulcan Venture as well as other minor rom revisions).

So this version in the UK will only have Vulcan Venture and not Gradius II GOFER no Yabou.

So, the collection doesn't have all the different releases of each game, no physical release and as a collector I have other ways of playing these games legal or otherwise (eg. Gradius II GOFER no Yabou - JAMMA PCB, PlayStation, PlayStation Portable, Windows 95, PS4 Arcade Archives, MAME and probably many others).

All they had to do is package the Arcade Archives games with a 'choose your game' select screen and that's it but they chose something else.

So I don't think I'll be buying this unless something changes.

8th April 2019

I've re-encoded the Salamander Anime in a more up to date codec (h265), files are much smaller.

However as they are still too large for the web server so I'm using a torrent magnet link again, if this works out a have a few of the game simulations videos too.

UPDATE:Fixed the magnet link as I copied it wrong from the older release (wrong hash).

magnet salamander.anime.-.dvdrip.h265.aac.japanese.-.english.subtitles.-.720x480 - 887MB

Encoding Date....: 7th April 2019
Source...........: DVD
Runtime..........: 1x01 54.03 min - 1x02 51.43 min - 1x03 52.12 min
Size.............: Varies
Video Codec......: H.265/x265/HEVC
Video Bitrate....: Constant Quality 20 RF
Framerate........: NTSC 29.970 fps
Resolution.......: 720x480
Aspect Ratio.....: 4:3 (1.500)
Audio Codec......: AAC - 2 Channel - 160Kbps - 48KHz
Audio Language...: Japanese
Subtitles........: English - updated 4th March 2010
Genre............: Anime

20th March 2019

Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics for PS4 Xbox One, Steam and Switch.

アニバーサリーコレクション アーケードクラシックス

Haunted Castle, Typhoon (A-Jax), Nemesis (Gradius), Vulcan Venture (Gradius II), Life Force (Salamander), Thunder Cross, Scramble and TwinBee

Released as digital only on 18th April 2019 for ¥3000 or $19.99.

23rd February 2019

I've notice some old forum members are joining the John Smith Legacy Discord server I also run, you're more than welcome to join but please note that that section is really only for the John Smith Legacy Minecraft Resource Pack, if your a Minecraft player and use the JSL pack welcome.

However so as not to confuse the current members of the John Smith Legacy Discord, I've decided to start a Gradius Home World Discord too as I guess the forum wont be coming back anytime soon.

23rd January 2019

All dynamic scripts have been updated to the newer way of doing things, so the site should be back to where it was (minus the forum).

Remove lots of external broken links in the Fan Games and Links section.

I'm thinking about maybe starting a Gradius Home World Discord, that would be much easier to manage than starting another forum and it does allow real time chat too.

21st January 2019

Sadly the forum has been taken offline, my host no longer supports PHP 5.6 which the old version of vBulletin used, also it's not compatible with the newer PHP 7.2.0 or higher.

Now the choice is to find some new forum software or just shut it down, I've decided to go with option two as the forum was pretty much abandoned anyway, with Konami all but given up with Gradius it's hard to update a forum with very little posts or user interaction.

Also some of the site is broken too, I'll try to sort the scripts out over the next few weeks, this is quite a pain.

UPDATE: Fixed the download script so at least you can still get the games, as for the rest this will take some time to learn the new way of scripting.

28th August 2017

Twenty years ago Konami's internal developers KCET (Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo) released what I consider to be the best game in the Gradius series, Gradius Gaiden (グラディウス外伝).

Great stages, excellent weapon selection with four ships to choose from and you cannot forget the great music and wonderful speech, out of respect for the series you should play the game again and look back at the great company Konami used to be.

Gradius Gaiden

Gradius Gaiden Box Front

3rd August 2017

Solar Assault Revised (JAA) and Solar Assault (JAA) are now both in MAME 0.188.

I can only get Solar Assault Revised loading as Solar Assault seams to be missing one rom, Solar Assault Revised is the Japanese version of Solar Assault (US Version).

EDIT: Solar Assault Gradius now works fine, updated all the arcade roms to MAME 0.188.

Solar Assault Revised

Solar Assault Gradius

Solar Assault Gradius Ship Icons

29th July 2017

Wow, where has all the time gone, just over twenty years ago I started this little website and decided to call it Gradius Home World, way back on 27th July 1997.

Things have changed so much since then, computers have got so much faster.

Some things about the site and it's future.

I have no plans ever shutting the site, in fact I been filling out the games collection where (I had some gaps) with some games I was missing, I've have not taken any photos yet but may add some in the future, I have been adding them to the GameStone's Collection list on the right.

I cannot think of much more to say at the moment, so keep playing games and lets take this for another twenty years.

29th June 2017

Just playing with the Gradius Gaiden Font I made back in 2009, I decided to make a x2 and x4 hand edited version for higher resolution displays.

The original font for Gradius Gaiden was for 320x240 gaming so the first font listed below is my double resolution font for 800x480 games, the x2 is for 1920x1080 and the x4 is for 3840x2160 4K gaming.

I may actually find a use for them at some point.

Font - for 800x480 Games


Font x2 - for 1920x1080 Games

Font x2

Font x4 - for 3840x2160 Games

Font x4

1st March 2017

Updated GameStone's Chiptune Collection with some new tunes and also made it a single archive to make it easier to download.

27th October 2016

Audited all the arcade game roms and tested them in MAME 0.179.

23rd October 2016

Audited the X68000 games and added some alternative rom images, they are the same games just in different formats (HDM, DIM, ADF and XM6), may be useful for use with different emulators.

19th August 2016

Added the X68000 game Hellhound to the Downloads section, this is a great fan based game that's in the Gradius style in more ways than one.

4th July 2016

It's the 30th Anniversary of the Konami arcade game Salamander, excellent speech, music and gameplay.

30th Anniversary of Salamander 01 30th Anniversary of Salamander 02

25th May 2016

After six years I finally started again on the translation for the arcade release of Otomedius, this was one large update that translates all the graphic based text.

This is also for the later GGG-J-A-A-2008041801 version of the game that has all six characters.

GameStones Otomedius English Translation 01 GameStones Otomedius English Translation 02

GameStones Otomedius English Translation 03 GameStones Otomedius English Translation 04

GameStones Otomedius English Translation 05 GameStones Otomedius English Translation 05

21st December 2015

Konami are releasing a new music CD in the new year on the 23rd January 2016 - EMCA-0024.

X68000 Gradius II GOFER no Yabou COMPLETE SOUNDTRACKS. - Translated

X68000 Gradius II GOFER of ambition COMPLETE SOUNDTRACKS.

8th December 2015

Salamander on PS4, 27th November 2015, ¥823, Arcade Archives (PS4), this also includes Life Force and the overseas version of Life Force. - Translated - Translated

Also added details of all the virtual console releases and added Thunder Cross and Thunder Cross II to the Arcade section on Thunder Cross to the PS2 section

17th October 2015

Now this looks good, very professional, I know it's a doujin game but wow that looks like a full Konami game.

I would love to see something like this on Steam so I can play it on a large screen.


Thanks to speedup in the forum for the link.

6th September 2015

Updated all the MAME games to the latest versions (0.165), also added some missing games.

5th September 2015

Added two different versions of Gradius and Salamander for the C64 to the Download section.

29th May 2015

Wow, it's been 30 years since Konami released the humble game Gradius in the arcades.

So lets celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Gradius.

30th Anniversary of Gradius 30th Anniversary of Gradius (Nemesis)

12th May 2015

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

by Koji Igarashi

悪魔城ドラキュラX 月下の夜想曲
Akumajō Dracula X: Gekka no Yasōkyoku
Devil's Castle Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight

In the west the game was known as:-

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

As you may know Akumajō Dracula X came out on the PlayStation the same year as Gradius Gaiden and is commonly classed as the best game in the Dracula series.

Well the original author of the game (Koji Igarashi) has just started a Kickstarter for a game in the same sort of style, Michiru Yamane who done the music for the PS game as well as many other Konami games including Otomedius X is also on board.

It's already funded within 24 hours, hopefully Konami will see this success and do something similar for the Gradius series.

Note:- This Kickstarter has nothing to do with Konami.

I would loved to see a Gradius Gaiden 2 or Gradius VI.

15th April 2015

Gradius V has now been released for the PS3 today in Japan. - Translated

13th February 2015

More Konami Gradius PS4 behind the scenes.

Part 4 - Translated

8th February 2015

Some more Gradius PS4 stuff, some interesting artwork.

Gradius PS4

Part 1 - Translated

Part 2 - Translated

Part 3 - Translated

7th February 2015

Moved Gradius Home World to it's own domain

2nd February 2015

Gradius on PS4, 29th January 2015, ¥823, Arcade Archives (PS4), this also includes the overseas version Nemesis. - Translated - Translated

26th December 2014

After the last play of Gradius IV Fukkatsu on my Windy II machine before I start to strip it down I was inspired to update my Gradius Corner pixel art to version 8.

Bricked up the doorway and moved the machines around, less Solar Assault but much better spacing.

Gradius Corner v8

21st December 2014

Well, another year and no new Gradius content.

It will be the 30th Anniversary of Gradius next year (29th May 2015), I do hope that Konami will do something this time as the 25th Anniversary came and went with nothing but no news yet either way.

I would like to see a Gradius Collection on PC, Xbox One and PS4 containing all the games and I do mean all the games (Gradius I to V, Gradius Gaiden, Salamander Series etc..)

I would also like to see Gradius V re-released with enhancements like Multiplayer across Xbox Live, PSN, Steam, Widescreen 1080p, Extra Stages and maybe even a stage creator and editor.

Sorry about the total lack of content, I've just not been inspired to make anything new, this may change next year as I'm moving house and should have more space to finally display the large Gradius Collection.

All the merchandise is packed and the Konami Windy II candy cabinet will have to be stripped down again (as it doesn't fit through my doorways), this should be fun.

10th November 2013

I was searching for the new C418 music (the guy that did the Minecraft tunes) and found a great music site called Bandcamp that has variable pricing and choices of what file type to download (mp3 FLAC etc...).

Also the site has quite a few game soundtrack that are free to download too, I found this album that has some interesting tunes on it including a Gradius remix track, you can listen to the whole track and album but also download them too.

18th September 2013

Long time since the last update, just some new merchandise added to my collection.

Lots of factory sealed goodness, a few video tapes and an unexpected buy.

The NES Korean Version of Life Force Salamander made by Hyundai and Konami, this is a UK/US style cartridge rather than the smaller Japanese style, I'm not sure if it's compatible with the UK/US NES as I don't have one of those consoles to test the game.

GameStone's Collection - Games and Merchandise Korean Version of Life Force Salamande 01

Otomedius Anoa and Tron life size displays for the arcade game, these are absolutely Gorgeous (no pun intended).

Otomedius Arcade Anoa and Tron

See GameStone's Collection for some more images and information.

24th March 2013

Would you believe it, it's been 25 years since the best sequel to any Gradius game was released.

The 25th Anniversary of Gradius II ~GOFER no Yabou~ グラディウスII ~GOFERの野望~ (aka Vulcan Venture).

Gradius II ~GOFER no Yabou~ グラディウスII ~GOFERの野望~Vulcan Venture

This was the third arcade board that I owned back in 1991 (Wardner and Side Arms were the first two which I now have again after selling them years ago), my version was Vulcan Venture, the music, the speech, what a classic.

This is still my most favourite Gradius game, not many sequels excel at so much, large bold enemies, wonderful stereo music, clean clear speech, weapon selection and not too insanely difficult.

How can you even forget the speech...

You will never return alive, You shall be crushed, You can't go any further, I am the strongest.

I'm just a small portion of the empire Bacterian.

3rd February 2013

Konaken has been keeping a list of all the arcades that have the game Solar Assault running.

Solar Assault Revised

Here's Solar Assault Revised streamed live from one of those arcades.

5th January 2013

Some of you long term readers of the site may have seen the Riccardo F 3D rendered art work.

The Riccardo F art work was not just art work but a rendered video, it's pretty old but well worth a look.

He also now goes by the name Rickonami -

You may have already seen the Gradius II and Gradius III HD intros, they are by the same person and are done very nicely.

1st November 2012

Here's some images for the last order of the year.

GameStone's Collection - Games and Merchandise GameStone's Collection - Games and Merchandise

See GameStone's Collection for some more images and information.

13th October 2012

Two new PC9801 games added to the Games Fan section.

ULife Force (CO2-PRO-)

ULife Force ()

Salamander (Gold Cats)

Salamander (Gold Cats)

I haven't found any disk images for these games yet but I'm still looking.

22nd September 2012

Sorry about the lack updates, I've been a little busy playing the excellent and very addictive game called Minecraft -

So here's my latest pick ups to add to the collection.

A spare Konami Windy II JVS bottom board and loom, I already had a spare top board so I wanted a spare bottom board as these are quite hard to find, Gradius Generations (budget), Nintendo FamicomBox Gradius, Otomedius Arcade Marquees (Anoa and Tron) and Thunder Cross Arcade PCB.

Konami Windy II JVS top board and loom, Gradius Generations, Nintendo Gradius Famicom Box version Otomedius Arcade Marquees (Anoa and Tron),

See GameStone's Collection for some more images and information.

22nd July 2012

Well another few months and more Gradius stuff added to my collection.

Lots of King Records Game Simulation Videos on VHS, TwinBee Paradise VHS.

Game flyers for Gokujou Parodius Arcade, TwinBee 3 Famicom, Gradius II Super Famicom, Parodius da! Arcade, Gradius II Famicom, Gradius and Salamander PC Engine, Salamander Collection and TwinBee Collection PSP stickers.

Thunder Cross PlayStation 2, another Gradius II GOFER no Yabou, Arcade Gradius III Vic Viper and a Konami Gradius Moai Coin.

See GameStone's Collection for some more images and information.

Otomedius X (Excellent!) Original Soundtrack and two badges, Otomedius Arcade control panel, Gradius IV ~Fukkatsu~ Original Operators Manual, Solar Assault, Gradius IV ~Fukkatsu~ arcade flyers, TwinBee Paradise DVD boxset, Gradius III AND IV Fukkatsu no Shinwa, Gradius V and Gradius Generation posters. Otomedius X (Excellent!) Original Soundtrack and two badges, Otomedius Arcade control panel, Gradius IV ~Fukkatsu~ Original Operators Manual, Solar Assault, Gradius IV ~Fukkatsu~ arcade flyers, TwinBee Paradise DVD boxset, Gradius III AND IV Fukkatsu no Shinwa, Gradius V and Gradius Generation posters. Otomedius X (Excellent!) Original Soundtrack and two badges, Otomedius Arcade control panel, Gradius IV ~Fukkatsu~ Original Operators Manual, Solar Assault, Gradius IV ~Fukkatsu~ arcade flyers, TwinBee Paradise DVD boxset, Gradius III AND IV Fukkatsu no Shinwa, Gradius V and Gradius Generation posters.

17th July 2012

Here's a simultaneous release of Otomedius X (Excellent) オトメディウスX(エクセレント!) on Games on Demand.

Go to Xbox live and play the game, unless you are in Europe that is as there is still no Europe version yet.

US Release - Otomedius Excellent! - $19.99

Japanese Release - オトメディウスX(エクセレント!) - ¥2940

26th April 2012

Well another bumper order of Gradius stuff.

Otomedius X (Excellent!) Original Soundtrack and two badges, Otomedius Arcade control panel, Gradius IV ~Fukkatsu~ Original Operators Manual, Solar Assault, Gradius IV ~Fukkatsu~ arcade flyers, TwinBee Paradise DVD boxset, Gradius III AND IV Fukkatsu no Shinwa, Gradius V and Gradius Generation posters and more...

See GameStone's Collection for more images and information.

Otomedius X (Excellent!) Original Soundtrack and two badges, Otomedius Arcade control panel, Gradius IV ~Fukkatsu~ Original Operators Manual, Solar Assault, Gradius IV ~Fukkatsu~ arcade flyers, TwinBee Paradise DVD boxset, Gradius III AND IV Fukkatsu no Shinwa, Gradius V and Gradius Generation posters.

9th April 2012

I'm trying to organise my 'Gradius To Sort' directories as it's getting a little out of control again, I have two lots with the large movie files separated.

These are all my Gradius related stuff that I've collected over the years that's not being sorted or added to Gradius Home World, it's one of those thing I want to get around to and never do.

I'll try to sort some of it out this year.

!Gradius to sort - 7.3GB - 12774 Files - 1641 Folder

!Gradius to sort Movies - 10.4GB - 225 Files - 35 Folders

After a few hours of sorting they are organise a little better, still lots to go through but it should be a little easier, I may actually get around to adding some new stuff to the site.

!Gradius to sort - 7.17GB - 10739 Files - 1419 Folder

!Gradius to sort Movies - 10.5GB - 226 Files - 35 Folders

20th March 2012

Yet another Solar Assault pixel art, this time the 29inch version, also put the 50inch version next to it for comparison.

According to the specs on the data sheet, the 50inch version is 1929mm and the 29inch is 1822, my versions are almost the same height so these will have to be adjusted at a later date.

Also the 50inch control panel should be wider than the seat section..

GameStone's Solar Assault 29inchGameStone's Solar Assault

Solar Assault 29inch Solar Assault 50inch

Updated Gradius Corner again (still v7 as not much changed), there's not enough room for the new machines, I will have to do some rearranging as it looks a little messy now.

GameStone's Gradius Corner v7

19th March 2012

Only one day later and I've already edited the Solar Assault machine.

It now has a bigger control panel, it looked a little too flat before and the view from higher up you would be to see more of the orange control panel.

Also made the machine a little longer (four pixels if you must know) and adjusted some of the darker colours.

18th March 2012

After six hours of pixel editing, here's my latest work.

Solar Assault 50inch edition, the 29inch and upright versions are still to do, luckily the 29inch version shouldn't take as look as the seating section is almost the same.

GameStone's Solar Assault

I just thought that I would post the image I based the pixel art on.

Solar Assault 50inch Version

Solar Assault 50inch

Solar Assault 29inch Version

Solar Assault 29inch

17th March 2012

After four hours of pixel editing, here's my latest work, Otomedius arcade version.

It's based on the AM show image from the Konami website.

GameStone's Otomedius 128px

Konami's Otomedius Collection

I've also updated Gradius Corner v6 with the new Salamander and Otomedius machines, plus now I have some extra floor space for Solar Assault (when I make it that is).

GameStone's Gradius Corner v6

16th March 2012

When trying to updated the Gradius Corner pixel art I realised that the perspective was wrong on the Salamander machines, it's less noticeably with the upright Salamander but very wrong on the Salamander Cocktail version.

So a few hours of editing and the new better perspective version of Salamander Cocktail has been completed (new one on the right).

Upright machine is now complete too (again).

GameStone's Salamander Cocktail Version 128pxGameStone's Salamander Cocktail Version 128px v2

Salamander 128pxGameStone's Salamander 128px v2

13th March 2012

Another day another pixel art piece, this time Salamander Cocktail version.

12th March 2012

I've just made a new Salamander pixel art, I'll make an updated Gradius Corner at a later date with the new machines.

I do plan on making the Salamander and Gradius II GOFER no Yabou cocktail versions, Otomedius and maybe even Solar Assault, that would be a challenge.

The first two are the older versions I made last year, the others are the new 128px version.

Salamander 32px v1 Salamander 32px v1Salamander 128px

11th March 2012

More Windy icon editing, over the years these plastic cabinet discolour and people change the joystick and button colours.

After some research I believe I've found the original colouring for these items, so decided to change the colours of the joystick, buttons and made the machine a bright white, just like new.

It's come a long way in the year since I drew the original, for all the other views see the Guides Konami Arcade Machines section.

Windy 32Windy 64 v2Windy 64 v1Windy 64 v3Windy 128pxWindy 128px v2

7th March 2012

Here's my latest art work logo, Konami's Windy, used on their arcade cabinets with the same name.

GameStone's Windy Logo

Also added a new section to the Guides section, this will cover some of the arcade cabinets that Konami have made over the years

5th March 2012

Updated all the CD music tracks name to my latest offline version, this is something I've been meaning to do for a few months.

2nd March 2012

Japanese track listings added to the new Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスX(エクセレント!) music CD five disc collection.

Translated listing done.

26th February 2012

Konami are releasing a new Otomedius X (Excellent!) オトメディウスX(エクセレント!) music CD five disc collection.

No track listings yet, LC2130-34, release date 29th March 2012.


24th February 2012

The random logos are now gone and the new large logo is now on the top right of each page.

All the other logos are now in the GameStone Artwork section.

Added the row of section icons to this page only.

20th February 2012

I've started hand editing the pixel art section icons from the original 32x32px to 64x64px, this gives them a little more detail.

Here are a few examples of the ones I've already changed (the 32x32px have been resized to 64x64px to show the comparison).

Some like the Game Boy and Arcade icons have been totally redrawn.

18th February 2012

I've moved all of the section icons to the new section bar, plus made a new Home icon for this page as it looked a little odd without one.

Also moved the flag icon in the Games Section to the same section bar.

15th February 2012

The unified GameStone site style is now more or less complete, still a few colour tweaks to do.

Also you may have noticed the new site wide master navigation at the top of each section, this is to make it easier to jump to the various sections here on GameStone.

Small update to the Blank Gradius section.

14th February 2012

Sorry for the broken styles on this page and the links section, it's still a work in progress.

3rd February 2012

It looks like Gradius HD Collection and Otomedius Excellent for the PSVita was all a hoax.

I cannot find evidence of the games existence anywhere so I've edited the Wiki article to remove the games.

I would like it to be true but unless some concrete evidence is found, so as far as I'm concerned the games do not exist on the PSVita.

30th January 2012

Gradius HD Collection and Otomedius Excellent could be a lie for the PSVita.

The edits on Wikipedia were by an anonymous source whose IP address shows them in the Philippines, there is speculation that the edits are fake and hundreds of sites have jumped on this news as fact.

I'll keep you posted if any other news or evidence shows it's self.

29th January 2012

Gradius HD Collection and Otomedius Excellent are listed as games coming out for the PSVita, who knows if the wiki list is correct.

No other information at the moment.

25th January 2012

I've been sent some interesting guides for Salamander 2 (AC) and Nemesis 3 (MSX), take a look, they are in the Guides section.

27th December 2011

Konami has released their third DLC stage.

EX3 どんぶり島ステージ(2011/12/27 配信、480 MSP)
EX3 Donburi Island Stage (Released 27/12/2011, 480MSP)

Note:Donburi translates as Bowl.

22nd December 2011

The Mameworld site is now back after some site hacking took it offline for almost a week.

Mr Do's Arcade section has lot of artwork scans for various games in MAME including most of the Gradius related games scanned by me.

I haven't had a reply yet about my new Gradius II GOFER no Yabou but I guess after a major hack that takes the site offline, it may be a bit of time until the new artwork is on his site.

21st December 2011

MAME supports background artwork like bezels, backgrounds etc... the original versions I scanned a few years back (shown below), Mr. Do done the lay file for it (Mr. Do's MAME artwork page is currently offline), the dark colour around the logo's on the instruction cards is due to a foil section which doesn't scan too well, last time I coloured it a dark blue but this time I've decided to add a metallic type background to simulate the foil effect.

MAME Gradius II GOFER no Yabou OLD

After looking at KEI-KO Fujisaki's machines (of which I'm so jealous), I noticed the large side banners on her Gradius II GOFER no Yabou machine, I thought wouldn't that be great to recreate that in MAME.

Konaken's Machine

I managed to win a pair of large side artwork in an auction, pretty rare items apparently and not cheap, I paid £160 for a pair in pretty much mint condition, I already have the top & bottom banners and the two side instruction cards.

MAME Gradius II GOFER no Yabou

I decided to not simulate the monitor bezel more than 5px on the left and right as it made the game image smaller, the top and bottom I cannot do anything about.

As the art is pretty large I've done two versions, 25% and 50%, the 50% can slow down the game some what as the art is so big.

They are the same name as that's how MAME needs it, just put one or the other file in the MAME Artwork folder and run the game.

The long version of the artwork, the Seven and a new computer.

Over the last few months I have been cleaning up some scans I done of the complete set of Gradius II GOFER no Yabou artwork for use in MAME.

I scanned them at 300dpi 600dpi and 1200dpi, the 1200dpi version is just too large to edit even on the new system listed below (almost 10000x26000px - 500MB PNG for the large side artworks).

The goldilocks approach was the best choice, the 300dpi didn't show enough detail making edited difficult and the 1200dpi images made the computer unusable so I decided to edit the 600dpi version which is 4650x12748px - 148MB PNG.

Even this brought my poor AMD Athlon X2 XP system with 2GB of RAM to its knees, so an upgrade was required.

I don't upgrade that often these days as computers have levelled off over the last five years or so (unless you play games that is, which I don't much), my XP system is five and half years old with some tweaks a few years back, like an 160GB Intel X25-M SSD which made it feel like new again, I just needed more RAM.

I decided to splash some cash on a new homebuilt system (I always build my own workstations).

I bought two copies of Windows 7 Home Premium retail at launch ( I installed one on my laptop) but never got around to using the other version on my desktop as it just ran slower than XP on that hardware.

Anyway, I had no choice but to finally go with Windows 7 x64 as I wanted more RAM, another story is Windows 7 Home Premium only supports 16GB of RAM, so I had to buy an anytime upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate, £100 just for a code, what a rip off.

So here's the list for those interested in what I bought, I already had a case, PSU, graphics card, fans, hard drives, monitors, Keyboard and mouse.

Items I already had from my old XP system

Antec 4U22ATX400UK Rackmount Chassis (I had to modify the lid as the Noctua heatsink was too large for the case by about 20mm).

Noctua NF-R8 80mm Quiet Case Fan x2

Noctua NF-P12 Vortex-Control 120mm Quiet Case Fan x2

Enermax 650W Infiniti EIN650AWT Modular Quad CPU & SLi/CFire PSU 85% Eff' DXX EPS12V/ATX12V.

Supermicro CSE-M35T1 Five Drive SATA Rack Mount (Ivory) x2 (with help from the late Mred and myself, we modified them to fit 120mm Noctua fans as the original 80mm fans were very noisy).

PNY NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 PCI-E Graphics Card - 1GB (old but good enough for real work).

Various large hard drives.

DELL - UltraSharp U2711 27" Widescreen LCD Monitor.

HP L2335 23" Flat Panel TFT Monitor.

Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard (five year old, which I modified to an orange LED backlight as the standard blue looked pretty crap).

Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer with Intellieye USB (my trusty eight year old optical mouse).

Items bought for the new workstation

Asus P9X79 PRO S2011 Intel X79 DDR3 ATX

Intel Core i7-3930K 3.20GHz S2011 12MB

Kingston 16GB (4 x 4GB) HyperX DDR3 1600MHz 240-pin DIMM CL9 XMP (two lots of to make 32GB)

Intel 300GB 320 Series MLC 2.5" 25nm SATA-300 9.5mm SSD

Noctua NH-D14-2011 Dual Radiator Cooler with PWM fans, LGA2011 only.

The Build

System is built and running great, some software is still needed here and there as Windows 7 can be a bit annoying sometimes, here are some photos of the build for those interested.



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