20th April, 2012

DoDonPachi: Sai-Dai-Ou-Jou (Kan) is the fifth iteration of DoDonPachi and the sixth in Cave's flagship series. It was issued on the 20th of April, 2012 and was planned on being the developer's final effort in both the series and the shmup genre.

After a lukewarm reception by its hardcore fanbase to DoDonPachi: Daifukkatsu, this game is a return to the roots. With no bullet cancelling and a more rigorous difficulty, DDP:SDOJ is considered by some to be the ultimate DDP.

This game featured several home ports with a bevy of options and modes. Purchasable cheats added replay value for both the veteran and novice alike.

Returning to the ideas from DOJ, elemental dolls are the characters you'll choose from when selecting a ship. There are three characters, Shuri, Hikari and Maria and they correlate to the standard red, green & blue ships, each with its own characteristics. Adding to this diversity, the game features a dress system. This corresponds to shot, laser or expert. Therefore the three characters each with three styles means there's plenty of diversity.

Type A
Type B
Type C


The true final bosses this time around were Hibachi and Inbachi

DoDonPachi: Sai-Dai-Ou-Jou

Released: 20th April, 2012

Version 1.0 was the sole arcade board distributed (unlike some of Cave's more recent titles) and was the last to appear on their CV1000 hardware (more info here).

This version was also plagued with the Overflow Bug which allowed for ludicrous scores exploiting an issue with the GP meter. See my SDOJ FAQ for more info!

DoDonPachi: Sai-Dai-Ou-Jou (Kan)

Issued 30 May, 2013
Region-Free release was one of three separate releases (see below). This standalone disc contains an arranged Xbox360 mode, an HD Arcade mode, a 1.5 update and a novice mode.
Also includes a full gallery with unlockable sounds, wallpapers & game tweaks.
The Xbox360 arrange mode features an exclusive character, Saya.

DoDonPachi: Sai-Dai-Ou-Jou (Kan)- Limited Edition

Issued 30 May, 2013
Same as standard but also includes:

  • Arrange soundtrack (see below)
  • B6 Special Model Sheet (art book)

DoDonPachi: Sai-Dai-Ou-Jou (Kan)- Super Limited Edition

Issued 30 May, 2013
Same as limited but also includes:

  • Arrange soundtrack (see below)
  • Special soundtrack (see below)
  • A4 Special Model Sheet (art book)

DoDonPachi: Sai-Dai-Ou-Jou (Kan) - Platinum Edition

Issued March 2014
Budget re-release

DoDonPachi: Sai-Dai-Ou-Jou Arrange Album

Released 30th May, 2013
Came packaged with LE & SLE of SDOJ
14 Tracks - CVAS-011

DoDonPachi: Sai-Dai-Ou-Jou Special Soundtrack

Released 30th May, 2013
Came packaged with the SLE edition of SDOJ
2 Discs (15/14 tracks) - CVGS-001

DoDonPachi: Sai-Dai-Ou-Jou / DoDonPachi Maximum OST

Issued 25th April, 2012
Includes artbook
2 Discs (15/25)
Disc 1 = SDOJ
Disc 2 = Maximum (1-15)
Disc 2 = DDP Arrange (16-25)

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