Konami Arcade Games

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Konami Arcade Games
"Power Capsule"
Anime appearances

Konami Arcade Games is a series of cards based on characters from Konami's Gradius video game series and other "shoot 'em up" games. These include player-controlled ships, support items, enemies, and bosses. Certain cards were created solely for the Yu-Gi-Oh card game with their design based upon the Gradius games. The majority and most notable of these monsters are LIGHT Machines with 1200 ATK. Therefore, much of their support can be found in Structure Deck: Blitzkrieg of the Mechlight Dragons.


Space ships Origin
Gradius / Vic Viper T301 / Victory Viper XX03 Vic Viper
Falchionβ Falchion β
Jade Knight Jade Knight
Lord British Space Fighter Lord British
Delta Tri Deltatry
Blue Thunder T-45 Blue Thunder M-45
Flint Lock Flintlock
Support / Other characters Origin
Gradius' Option Options
Power Capsule Power Capsule
Cyclon Laser / Matter Leveler Lasers
Shield Recovery Shield
Trigon / Dragon Laser Trigon
Flint / Flint Missile Flint
Nimble Sunfish Mambo and Samba
Koitsu, Aitsu, Soitsu and Doitsu Koitsu, Aitsu, Soitsu and Doitsu
Enemies Origin
The Statue of Easter Island / Moai Interceptor Cannons Moai
DUCKER Mobile Cannon Ducker
Option Hunter Option Hunter
Bosses Origin
B.E.S. Big Core Big Core MK I
B.E.S. Big Core MK-2 Big Core MK II
B.E.S. Big Core MK-3 Big Core MK III
B.E.S. Blaster Cannon Core Blaster Cannon Core
B.E.S. Crystal Core Crystal Core
B.E.S. Tetran Tetran
B.E.S. Covered Core Covered Core
B.E.S. Assault Core Big Core
Ambitious Gofer Gofer
Brain Golem Golem
Solar Flare Dragon Intruder
Space Mambo Space Manbow
Metal Shooter Triple Core
King of Destruction - Xexex Klaus
B.E.F. Zelos Zelos Barrier / Zelos Force
Boss Rush Boss Rush

Playing style[edit]

A Gradius Deck revolves around the use of the cards "Gradius" or "Victory Viper XX03" along with their support cards. The main strategy is to protect your monsters from traps with the effect of "Jade Knight" and boost them all with cards you can activate during damage calculation. The majority of the Deck's monsters have effects that trigger whenever it attacks and destroys an opposing monster; these effects involve increasing their own ATK, destroying opposing cards, and especially summoning more monsters. As a result, a Gradius Deck operates under a Swarm/OTK hybrid, which is augmented by additional ATK-boosting cards such as United We Stand. Another effective strategy is to utilize cards that drop opposing ATK scores, such as Gearspring Spirit. Due to having initially low Original ATK on a majority of its monsters, so this Deck must have a counter ready every turn as it is vulnerable to being overrun by large opposing beaters. A variation on this Deck reached the SHONEN JUMP Championship Nashville 2010, using cards like "Honest" (before it became Limited) and "Creature Swap". [1]

Recommended cards[edit]

The mass swarming of this Deck provides the opportunity to rapidly Synchro Summon and Xyz Summon. The primary monsters are all Level 4 Light monsters, allowing Lightwave Tuning to be an option. However, one might feel hard-pressed to invest largely in both Synchro and Xyz strategies while maintaining an appropriate Deck size or card ratio.

If one wishes to incorporate Gradius, the player has access to the many support cards that come with being a low-ATK Normal Light Machine. A pair of Gradius may be searched using Rescue Rabbit, which can be used to Xyz Summon Gear Gigant X to search another Machine from the Deck or Starliege Paladynamo to overcome a difficult monster. Gradius' Option is a monster that can be automatically summoned when Gradius is out, and by using a combination of a Level 1 Tuner such as Mono Synchron or Unknown Synchron as well as Lightwave Tuning, it is plausible to summon Shooting Star Dragon the opening turn. The player may also wish to incorporate other Normal Machines to supplement Rescue Rabbit, such as the Tuner Genex Controller or the high-ATK Mechanicalchaser, or any other possible Normal Machine. Keep in mind that since Genex Controller and Mechanicalchaser are both Dark monsters, it highly increases the playability of Black Luster Soldier - Envoy of the Beginning.

All plays should be focused on swarming and increasing ATK power. Both Gradius and Victory Viper have monsters that can copy their ATK, so equipping these monsters with United We Stand can be very beneficial, along with other ATK-boosting cards such as Honest. Other powerful Equip Cards for Machines are Mage Power, Fighting Spirit, and Break! Draw! Without their ATK-boosting cards, these monsters are vulnerable to high-ATK monsters. For these impenetrable monsters, simply take them with Creature Swap. This steals an opposing high-ATK monster while giving your opponent a low-ATK monster that your jets can easily eradicate. Jade Knight is an especially potent Swap, as you will still obtain its searching effect even if it is destroyed under your opponent's control. Although not a best-case scenario, if your own jet is destroyed by battle, it will still activate an effect so long the other monster is destroyed by battle as well (this is because the jets do not require the opposing monster to be sent to the Graveyard and occurs immediately after damage calculation).

Game appearances[edit]

Midday Constellation[edit]

Midday Constellation is a Booster Pack in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force video game series whose contents are made up of cards from Konami games. The pack is unlocked by entering the Konami Code at a certain point in the game, and, depending on the game, costs either 5730 or 573 Duel Points (573 is a number regularly self-associated with Konami due their own Goroawase number).


This is a list of all the cards based on Konami games, not just the space shooters:

 Japanese namePrimary typeAttributeTypeLevelATKDEF
Ambitious GoferぼうのゴーファーEffect MonsterDARKFiend62400100
B.E.S. Big Coreきょだいせんかん ビッグ・コアEffect MonsterDARKMachine623001100
B.E.S. Big Core MK-2きょだいせんかん ビッグ・コアMk-ⅡEffect MonsterFIREMachine624001100
B.E.S. Big Core MK-3きょだいせんかん ビッグ・コアMk-ⅢEffect MonsterLIGHTMachine827001900
B.E.S. Blaster Cannon Coreきょだいせんかん ブラスターキャノン・コアEffect MonsterEARTHMachine925003000
B.E.S. Covered Coreきょだいせんかん カバード・コアEffect MonsterEARTHMachine72500800
B.E.S. Crystal Coreきょだいせんかん クリスタル・コアEffect MonsterWATERMachine521001000
B.E.S. Tetranきょだいせんかん テトランEffect MonsterWINDMachine618002300
Brain GolemゴーレムEffect MonsterDARKFiend625001800
Getsu FuhmaげつふうEffect MonsterDARKWarrior417001200
Goe Goe the Gallant NinjaにんじゃぞくゴエゴエEffect MonsterWINDWarrior415001000
King of Destruction - XexexかいおうゼクセクスEffect MonsterDARKFiend1030002500
Lady Ninja YaeおんなにんじゃヤエEffect MonsterWINDWarrior31100200
Masked Ninja EbisuふくめんにんじゃヱビスEffect MonsterWINDWarrior412001800
Metal Shooterメタル・シューターEffect MonsterLIGHTMachine5800800
Moai Interceptor CannonsモアイげいげきほうEffect MonsterEARTHRock411002000
NanobreakerナノブレイカーEffect MonsterEARTHMachine416001800
Ninja Grandmaster SasukeにんじゃマスターSASUKEサスケEffect MonsterLIGHTWarrior418001000
Ryu KokkiりゅうこつEffect MonsterDARKZombie624002000
Sasuke SamuraiいっとうりょうだんざむらいEffect MonsterWINDWarrior2500800
Sasuke Samurai 2ごんどうだんざむらいEffect MonsterWINDWarrior1200300
Sasuke Samurai 3おおばんぶるまいざむらいEffect MonsterLIGHTWarrior310001000
Sasuke Samurai 4いちげきひっさつざむらいEffect MonsterWINDWarrior412001200
Space MamboスペースマンボウNormal MonsterWATERFish417001000
The Statue of Easter IslandイースターとうのモアイNormal MonsterEARTHRock411001400
Tactical Espionage ExpertれいなるせんにゅうこうさくいんEffect MonsterEARTHWarrior313001200
Ultimate Baseball KidちょうねっけつきゅうEffect MonsterFIREWarrior35001000
 Japanese nameCard typeProperty
B.E.F. ZelosきょだいようさいゼロスSpell CardField Spell Card
Big Wave Small WaveおおなみなみSpell CardNormal Spell Card
Boss RushボスラッシュSpell CardContinuous Spell Card
D.D.R. - Different Dimension ReincarnationD・D・Rディファレント・ディメンション・リバイバルSpell CardEquip Spell Card
Fuhma WaveふうどうTrap CardNormal Trap Card
Ninjitsu Art of Decoyにんぽう うつせみじゅつTrap CardContinuous Trap Card
Ninjitsu Art of Transformationにんぽう へんじゅつTrap CardContinuous Trap Card

See also[edit]

  • Konami Code - this famous cheat code makes an appearance in a number of Yu-Gi-Oh! video games