Lost In Translation/Darius II

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Darius II
No screen shot.
Darius II control panel.
Manufacturer Taito Corporation
Released 1989
8-way Joystick
2 Button(s)
Main CPU (2x) 68000 (@ 8.000 MHz)
68000 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2610 (@ 8.000 MHz)
(4x) Volume Filter
Raster (Horizontal)
288 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
12,288 Palette colours
Screens 3
ROM Info 22 ROMs
4,980,736 bytes (4.75 MiB)
MAME ID darius2 · darius2d · drius2do

About The Game

Darius II is a horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up and, like it's predecessor, also used 3 screens.

The power-up system of Darius II was changed from that of its parent game, with players having to destroy complete waves of a particular enemy to earn a power-up. 2 new power-ups were also added; the 1st was a new weapon power-up that gave the player green, vertical lasers, the 2nd power-up was a rainbow-colored item that powered up all of the players weapons.

Another new feature of Darius II is the appearance of mini-bosses - large enemies that appear at the mid point of a level, possessing similar strength and abilities to those of the game's normal bosses (such as extravagant weapons, or the inability to be damaged without first exposing a vulnerable area). The mini-bosses in Darius II are in fact smaller versions of the bosses from Darius.

The game is set in the inner regions of the Solar system, and has the same branching level structure as Darius, allowing players to select their own route through the game.


Released in September 1989.

This game is known in US as "Sagaia" (licensed to Romstar for distribution).

2 versions of this game were made : The more common 3-screen version (like the original "Darius"), and a harder to find 2-screen version (aspect ratio : 8/3)

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Darius II : G.S.M. Taito 4 - PCCB-00010-12) on 21/11/1989.

Zuntata Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Zuntata History L'ab-normal 1st - ZTTL-0038) on 01/04/1999.


  1. Darius (1986)
  2. Darius II (1989)
  3. Darius Twin (1991, Nintendo Super Famicom)
  4. Darius Force (1993, Nintendo Super Famicom)
  5. Darius Gaiden - Silver Hawk (1994)
  6. G-Darius (1997)
  7. G-Darius ver.2 (1997)


Directed And Produced By
Hidehiro Fujiwara
Game Designed By
Hidehiro Fujiwara
Senba Takatsuna
Programmed By
Akira Ohtsuki
Tatsuo Nakamura
Masashi Tsuzura
Shinji Soyano
Art Designed By
Masami Kikuchi
Senba Takatsuna
Hisakazu Kato
Cabinet Designer
Yoshinori Aiura
Hardware Designed By
Toshiyuki Sanada
All Music Composed And Arranged By
Hisayoshi Ogura (Team Zuntata)
Sound Editors
Yasuhisa Watanabe
Norihiro Furukawa
Sound Software
Naoto Yagishita

Cabinet and Artwork


NEC PC-Engine CD ("Super Darius II")
Sega Mega Drive (1990)
Sega Master System (1992 "Sagaia")
Sega Saturn (1996)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2007, "Taito Memories II Vol. 1") (Japan only)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Game Music Festival ~Super Live '92~ PCCB-00099[1] 1992-10-21 Pony Canyon, Inc. CD version.
Darius II -G.S.M. TAITO 4- PCCB-00010[2] 1989-11-21 Pony Canyon, Inc. 2 CD version.
Scitron Video Game Music Best of the Year 1989 PCCB-00022[3] 1990-03-21 Pony Canyon Inc. CD version.
Zuntata Live '90 -G.S.M. Taito- PCCB-00045[4] 1990-10-21 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Shindaichi -G.S.M. Taito 6- PCCB-00064[5] 1991-06-21 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Darius the Omnibus -Generation- ZTTL-0008[6] 1997-03-28 Zuntata Records CD version.
ZUNTATA HISTORY L'ab-normal 1st ZTTL-0038[7] 1999-04-01 Zuntata Records CD version.
THE VERY BEST OF OGR GALLERy ~Concepts~ ZTTL-0049[8] 1999-12-18 Zuntata Records 2 CD version.
Darius Premium Box -Rebirth- ZTMD-0001~5[9] 2005-05-25 Zuntata Records 5 CD version.
Game Sound Legend Arrange Series - Speed & Wind SCDC-00375[10] 2004-11-17 Scitron Digital Content CD version.
Darius Remix SRIN-1037[11] 2007-12-29 Sweep Records CD version.
Gaesen Oh - Scitron Game Music Mega Mix Vol.1 KGCD-0001[12] 1994-01-01 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.