In Gradius III, you control a ship known as the Vic Viper, as you blast your way through an evil alien empire. Gradius 3 is a side-scrolling shooting game on the SNES. When you destroy enemies, they leave behind "orbs". If you collect these orbs, you can gain new powers for your ship such as speed ups, missiles, lasers, and even a protective shield. This was one of the first games released on the SNES after it launched in 1991, and like many early SNES games, it has some minor lag issues.