The opening in 1994 of The Big One, Nemesis and Shockwave resulted in 1994 being celebrated by UK parks and fans as the "Year of the Rollercoaster".
There were originally two other plans for Nemesis (names Secret Weapon 1 and Secret Weapon 2). The first was scrapped due to height restrictions and the second was a heartline coaster. John Wardley, designer of Nemesis, rode a prototype but found it to have a lack of energy. This is when Nemesis, or Secret Weapon 3 as it was then known, was designed
A sister coaster was built in Thorpe Park, named Nemesis Inferno, another B&M inverted coaster themed around a volcano. There is also another ride, called Nemesis: Sub Terra built in 2012. This is an ABC rides dark tower drop themed around the Nemesis creature's egg. Many special effects are used, with the tower drop element only being a small part of the entire experience.