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Nemesis '90 Kai is a enhanced port/remake of Nemesis 2 exclusive for the Sharp X68000. It was developed by SPS and published by Konami, and released on November 12, 1993 in Japan.


The game follows the same plot and general stage layout of the original, although with many notable enhancements and additions:

  • Fully redrawn 16-bit graphics, on par with the SNES version of Gradius III.
  • Smooth scrolling and better controls due to the more powerful hardware.
  • Fully remixed soundtrack, as well as new sound effects.
  • A handful of new bosses exclusive to this version, which replace the boss rematches of the original.
  • Two new stages: an asteroid field and a waterfall area.


Note: Boss names in italic are unofficial.
Stage Name Boss Music
1, 12 Colossus Planet Riot Warship Killer Coast Land
2 Plant Planet Lizard Core A Planet of Plants
3 Ancient Planet Misfit Warship Red Diamond
4 Floating Continents Big Core MK I
Mayhem Warship
Dancing Venus
5, 9 Planet of Fire Laser Core Blazed Up
6, 8 Living Planet Doom Frontier Disputes
7 Sin Sinar
Abaddon Warship
Don't Leave Me Alone
10 Asteroid Belt Big Core MK II Kai Killer Love
11 Water Planet Beta Core Tears Began Gushing
13 Venom Mothership Venom Moonspin
Characters James Burton (Metalion) • David Burton (Vixen) • GaudieVenomVenom's AidesLars 17thWreek
Nemesis 2 stages Colossus PlanetPlant PlanetAncient PlanetFloating ContinentsPlanet of FireLiving PlanetSinAsteroid BeltWater PlanetVenom Mothership
Nemesis 3 stages SunPlantGravityPast-BossMoaiHellSandCellFactoryGofer Ship
Nemesis 2 bosses SoddRiot WarshipMisfit WarshipBig Core X10Mayhem WarshipDoomSinarAbaddon WarshipVenom
Nemesis '90 Kai exclusive bosses Lizard CoreLaser CoreBig Core MK II KaiBeta Core
Nemesis 3 bosses Geezer ButlerHans NaughtyTetranAbaddon WarshipMisfit WarshipBig CoreArmored SaintLynyrd SkynyrdTriumph KicksKiller DwarfCrab WarlockQueensrÿcheGofer
Gradius video games
Gradius series GradiusGradius IIGradius IIIGradius GaidenGradius IV: FukkatsuGradius GalaxiesGradius VGradius ReBirthGradius: The Interstellar AssaultGradius NEOGradius NEO Imperial
Spin-offs Salamander (Life Force) (MSX ver.)• Salamander 2Nemesis 2 (Nemesis '90 Kai) • Nemesis 3Nemesis (Game Boy)Cosmic WarsSolar Assault
Parody games ParodiusParodius Da!Gokujō Parodius!Jikkyō Oshaberi ParodiusSexy ParodiusParo WarsOtomedius (Otomedius Gorgeous) • Otomedius Excellent
Other games ScrambleThunder CrossThunder Cross IISpace ManbowForce Gear
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Cancelled Vic ViperGradius ArcSalamander HD Remaster