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Main data
Romset and name:
gdarius G-Darius (Ver 2.01J)
Short name:
G-Darius
Manufacturer:
Taito
Year:
Genre:
Shooter
Category:
Shooter / Flying Horizontal
Serie:
Driver source:
Language:
English
Similar games:
Input / Controls
Players:
Up to 4 players (solo, 2 concurrents)
Input:
Joystick 8 ways
Buttons / keys:
Coins:
Cabinet:
-
Free-play:
Not supported
Rankings
Avarage user rating:
AntoPISA BestGame:
-
MASH All-Time:
-
Video
Display:
640x480@60 Hz, CRT 31kHz
Orientation:
Horizontal
Scrolling:
Unknown
Colors:
-
CPU:
Panasonic MN1020012A, Sony CXD8530CQ, Texas Instruments TMS57002 "DASP"
Audio
Sound:
2 channels
Audio chips:
PlayStation SPU, Speaker, Taito Zoom Sound System, Texas Instruments TMS57002 "DASP", ZOOM ZSG-2
Romset
First release:
Mame 0.74u2 released on oct-06 2003
Last release:
Mame 0.225 released on sep-30 2020
Clone of:
gdarius2 G-Darius Ver.2 (Ver 2.03J)
Bios:
coh1000t Taito FX1
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Use sample of:
-
Previous romset:
None
New romset:
None
Files
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NO DUMP
Required files:
Status
OVERALL:
IMPERFECT
Emulation:
Good
Graphic:
Good
Color:
Good
Sound:
Imperfect
Cocktail:
Good
Protection:
Good
Save state:
Unsupported
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  • Arcade Video game published 23 years ago:

    G-Darius © 1997 Taito Corp.

    G-Darius literally added a new dimension to the highly regarded 'Darius' series, with the introduction of fully 3D rendered backgrounds and enemies. Namco had already done the same with their Xevious series for "Xevious 3D/G", released two years' earlier, but G-Darius is generally regarded as the most accomplished of the two titles.

    G-Darius' game-play was also enhanced, with the 'Capture Ball' system; this allowed the player to capture almost any enemy craft and use it against the game's other enemies. Captured enemies can either be detonated like a ''bomb'', damaging all enemies nearby; or used to fire a special 'Alpha Beam', which cuts through everything but gold-colored objects and enemy bosses. Each boss is capable of firing its own version of this beam at the player; when both beams meet, they will interrupt each other's path. Depending on how rapidly the player presses the Fire button, one beam will grow and eventually overpower the others. The Capture ball was actually introduced in "Darius Gaiden" but was only used to a minimal extent.

    TECHNICAL
    Taito FX-1B hardware
    Prom Stickers: E39

    Main CPU: PSX (@ 16.9344 Mhz)
    Sound Chips: SPU (@ 16.9344 Mhz)

    Players: 2
    Control: 8-way joystick
    Buttons: 6

    TRIVIA
    G-Darius was released in September 1995.

    The title of this game translates from Japanese as 'Reverse Scale Bullet' and is an example of 'ateji' - fitting the kanji phonetics to the name of the game to give the name double (sometimes even triple) meaning.

    The game was originally named 'Fire Breaker' at early stage of development.

    Lee Ota (from the Truxton series staff) produced this game. It's why the first and the last stage (and bomb/power-up) are similar to "Truxton". But the gameplay is really different to Toaplan's games. So, responses from Toaplan games fans were not very favourable.

    The name of the twin characters, Orsa and Mayoru, is a play-on-words of the third largest constellation of our solar system, Ursa Major, which means Great Bear.

    All stages in this game share the same music theme but remixed each time!

    The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'AAA'.

    Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Welcome to the Karu Land - PCCB-00196) on November 17, 1995.

    TIPS AND TRICKS
    • Zone Select:
    1. Hold Service Switch button during boot count.
    • Wait until machine displays 'Service Switch Error' on screen.
    • Push buttons in the following sequence 'Start(x3), Service Switch, Start'.
    • Insert credit then go to Zone Select screen.

    SERIES
    • Darius (1987, Arcade)
    • Darius II (1989, Arcade)
    • Darius Twin [Model SHVC-DT] (1991, Super Famicom)
    • Darius Force [Model SHVC-DH] (1993, Super Famicom)
    • Darius Gaiden - Silver Hawk (1994, Arcade)
    • G-Darius (1997, Arcade)
    • G-Darius ver.2 (1997, Arcade)
    • Darius Burst (2009, Sony PSP)
    • Darius Burst - Another Chronicle (2010, Arcade)
    • Darius Burst - Another Chronicle EX (2011, Arcade)

    STAFF
    Producer: Naomitsu Abe
    Director: Naomitsu Abe, Makoto Ohsaka, Akira Ohtsuki, Makoto Fujita
    Character graphics: Makoto Fujita, Tohru Kawaishi, Kenichi Morita, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Toshihiro Fukui, Ryosuke Hayase, Atsushi Horimizu, Yatta Ushiroda, Baw Baw
    Program: Akira Ohtsuki, Nobuyuki Hayashi, Katsuyuki Fujita, Takafumi Fujimoto, Hirohisa Matsumura, Hiroyuki Maruyama, Hikaru Taniguchi, Yasutaka Hayashi, Shunsuke Ono, Masakazu Takeda, Harumi.K, Hirotaka Fukakawa, Koji Kato, Hitoshi Kozuka
    Music: Hisayoshi Ogura (Zuntata)
    Sound effects: Yukiharu Urita (Zuntata)
    Hardware: Katsumi Kaneoka
    Design works: Naoto Hashizume
    Quality warranty: Nobuhiro Koyama, Eiji Kawabata, Makoto Obonai

    PORTS
    • CONSOLES:
    [US] Sony PlayStation (mar.31, 1998) "G.Darius [Model SLUS-00690]"
    [JP] Sony PlayStation (apr.9, 1998) "G-Darius [Model SLPS-01348]"
    [EU] Sony PlayStation (1998) "G.Darius [Model SLES-01314]"
    [JP] Sony PS2 (aug.25, 2005) "Taito Memories Gekan [Model SLPM-66092]"
    Sony PlayStation 2 [AU] (mar.30, 2006) "Taito Legends 2 [Model SLES-53852]"
    [EU] Sony PS2 (mar.31, 2006) "Taito Legends 2 [Model SLES-53852]"
    [US] Sony PS2 (may.16, 2007) "Taito Legends 2 [Model SLUS-21349]"

    • COMPUTERS:
    PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] [JP] by CyberFront.

    CONTRIBUTE
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