I totally understand your point, 80-starcraft were the period of best games being made, simply awesome game + awesome music + awesome epic story. But Gradius was never formally introduce to China, I wonder how did you get a crash on that one.
That was the way I can bought game cards from game shop in Ch. Nothing can stop people knowing things And that time, no internet, no ROM, no emulator, and one card usually cost about 1-200 yuan RMB (around 20 USD)so playing video game was very luxurious thing. The first game I played was Contra, then I exchanged it with my neighbour(he got lots of games), and found Gradius, actually I didn't know the name in that time, he called it:"Space ship shot Aliens" ....OTZ
Yes, I do I've play as following: Gradius 1&2 (FC),Gradius 3(SFC) then Gradius Galaxies/Generation (GBA), Nemesis 1&2 (GBA simulated), Gradius 5 (P2), and then Gradius Portable (PSP,including arcade ver of 1,2,3,4, and Gaiden of PS one)
I think 1,3,5 are awesome of the series, espically 5 was a turning point of the option system, and I hope if they can make a new gradius on today's consoles