Gradius NEO Imperial (グラディウスNEO -IMPERIAL-) is a horizontally-scrolling shooter game developed and published by Konami in March 1, 2004 for mobile phones, and was released on NTT DoCoMo's FOMA 900i line of phones in Japan.
In contrast to all other Gradius games, the player controls the opposing force through the use of a Big Core. However, since the Big Core in this game is a rogue ship escaping from the Lars Empire, which is the enemy in Gradius NEO, players will not fight against the Gradius Union.
The Gradius NEO series appears as the sequel of the last Nemesis game, Nemesis 3.
- Stage 1: Lars Empire Base
- Stage 2: Space Highway
- Stage 3: Lars Empire Fleet
- Stage 4: Asteroids Zone
- Stage 5: The Neutral Zone
- Stage 1: Big Core
- Stage 2: Satellite Core MK II
- Stage 3: Daedalus
- Stage 4: Crystal Moai
- Stage 5: Genocide Core
Big Core Custom is successful in escaping from the Lars Empire after destroying Genocide Core. Sadly, the Force Viper destroys Big Core Custom, not knowing that it was rogue and only making to escape from the Lars Empire. Big Core Custom's wreckage is then pulled towards and burns up in the atmosphere of the nearby star.
- The Zebra and Wolfar enemies in the game bear some resemblance to the R-9 Leo from R-Type Leo and the Silver-Hawks from the Darius series respectively.
|Gradius NEO Series|
|Characters/Ships||Force Viper • Big Core Custom • Lars Empire|
|Gradius NEO Bosses||Satellite Core • Crystal Moai • Gigantic • Ogre Shield • Big Core X 3 • Central Server|
|Gradius NEO Imperial Bosses||Big Core • Satellite Core MK II • Deadalus • Crystal Moai • Genocide Core|
|Gradius Video Games|
|Gradius series||Gradius • Gradius II • Gradius III • Gradius Gaiden • Gradius IV • Gradius Galaxies • Gradius V • Gradius ReBirth • Gradius: The Interstellar Assault • Gradius NEO • Gradius NEO Imperial|
|Spin-offs||Salamander (Life Force) (MSX ver.)• Salamander 2 • Nemesis 2 (Nemesis '90 Kai) • Nemesis 3 • Nemesis (Game Boy) • Cosmic Wars • Solar Assault|
|Parody games||Parodius • Parodius Da! • Gokujō Parodius! • Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius • Sexy Parodius • Paro Wars • Otomedius (Otomedius Gorgeous) • Otomedius Excellent|
|Other games||Scramble • Thunder Cross • Thunder Cross II • Space Manbow • Force Gear|
|Pachislot||Gradius: The Slot • CR Parodius Da! EX • Gokuraku Parodius|
|Cancelled||Vic Viper • Gradius Arc • Salamander HD Remaster|