5th April, 2002

DoDonPachi: Dai-Ou-Jou is the third title in the DDP series and fourth Don Pachi game overall. After letting IGS handle the development of DoDonPachi 2: Beestorm, Cave returned to create what is one of the most popular shooters of all time.

Dai-Ou-Jou or "Peaceful Death" (translated to "Blissful Death" later, I feel 'Peaceful' is more accurate) went back to recreate the magic of DoDonPachi...literally. This game is a remake of that title, at least in spirit.

Adding to the mix of simply different ships, DOJ adds elemental dolls, each who act differently (shot strength, laser strength, speed, bomb numbers).

DOJ's final boss, as usual, was Hibachi. Reachable by completing two loops of the game (the first, <2 deaths, <3 bombs, bee item perfect in at least 3 levels), some consider this version of Hibachi to be the toughest in the series.

DoDonPachi: Dai-Ou-Jou

Issued in 2002, DDP:DOJ ran on Cave's IGS PGM hardware.

2002.04.05.Master Ver is the initial arcade release but there were several others. V100 and V101 had slight differences. You can tell the difference between these by a period between the date and Master Ver as seen below.

DoDonPachi: Dai-Ou-Jou Black Label

On the 25th of October, 2002, a Black Label version was issued with several small changes to the system. This limited-edition print of arcade boards featured the new black label revision as well as the original (now referred to as white label).

The main points of interest are:

  • Extra lives carry over to 2nd loop
  • Can select 1-loop or 2-loop mode.
    • 1-loop will feature Hibachi after defeating the 1-5 boss
    • 2-loop is the normal two-loop game
  • Hyper meter builds more quickly (actually a fix from the white label)

All information taken from the spectacular Cave Of Shooting.

DoDonPachi: Dai-Ou-Jou Tamashii

Finally, eight years later, DoDonPachi: Dai Ou Jou Tamashii was released in China and Taiwan on IGN PolyGame Master 2 hardware. This version featured an Easy Mode (slower/fewer bullets) as well as Original Mode (though not identical to the initial release?)

Playstation 2- DoDonPachi: Dai-Ou-Jou

Issued 10th April, 2003
Includes Arcade & Death Label modes.
Includes superplay DVD

Xbox360 - DoDonPachi: Dai-Ou-Jou Black Label Extra

Issued 19th February, 2009
Same features as PS2 version
Also includes X-Mode, etc.

IOS: DoDonPachi: Blissful Death

Issued 9th February, 2012, this game was made available for the iPhone4/4S, iPod Touch (4th Gen) and iPad 2. This brings the arcade version of DOJ to the small screen.

DoDonPachi: Dai-Ou-Jou & ESPGALUDA -Perfect Remix-

Released: 28th January, 2005
Cat #: SRIN-1012
24 Tracks (1-13 = DDPDOJ)(14-24 = ESPGaluda)


DoDonPachi: Dai-Ou-Jou / Ketsui - Kizunajigokutachi OST

Released: 11th June, 2003
Cat #: CVST-0000
29 Tracks (1-16 = Ketsui)(17-29 = DDPDOJ)


DoDonPachi: Dai-Ou-Jou [Arrange Album]

Released: 15th August, 2009
Cat #: CVAS-002
12 Tracks


DoDonPachi: Dai-Ou-Jou Official DVD

This is the superplay DVD that appeared with the PS2 version of the game.

DoDonPachi: Dai-Ou-Jou Black Label Official DVD

108-minute long Region-2 DVD. This is unofficial and includes an elaborate booklet with scoring strategies, interviews and sketches.
Features a type-A replay and a type-B replay.

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