SHMUP Master: Gradius [NES] – Dueling 1CC Runs – Feat. Brasel the Gamer

Gradius is a game that requires no introduction. It is one of the most well known and influential SHMUPS ever created. Everything that can be said, has been said about this game. There are more 1CC runs of Gradius on YouTube than possibly any other SHMUP. Not to mention there are also countless videos and articles showcasing and explaining why Gradius is such an important and memorable game in the pantheon of SHMUPS. What more could possibly be said or done? Why would I choose Gradius to do a video on? Well, with some help from my good friend Brasel the Gamer, we found a way to do something different. A collaboration! And something that I *think* has never been done before.

For quite a while now, the idea of “dueling” 1CC runs has been tossing around in my head. And by dueling I mean two runs, playing at the same time, perfectly in sync with each other, recorded by two different people. A comparison showcase of skills so to speak. In order to do this, I had to find the right person for the job. And luckily for me, Brasel stepped up to the plate and pulled it off, thus making my idea a reality.

Brasel and I both recorded commentary together, commenting on the runs while they were playing simultaneously. Hopefully the result is interesting to watch and our play styles, while similar at times, often diverged quite a bit. I also did what I usually do, which was spice things up a bit (although not too much) with a nice overlay. I also created a 5 minute “instruction manual tour” at the beginning while Brasel and I shared our history with Gradius. Complete with every enemy in Gradius, reanimated in full 1080p! Hope everyone enjoys! Feedback and suggestions for future videos are always welcomed!

*All SHMUP Master footage was captured on an original NES Model 2 console (modded for RGB Output) through a Framemeister using RGB at 60fps.

*All Brasel the Gamers footage was captured via a model 1 NES through composite input.