Lost In Translation/DoDonPachi

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Manufacturer Atlus/Cave
Released 1997
8-way Joystick
3 Button(s)
Main CPU 68000 (@ 16.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YMZ280B (@ 16.934 MHz)
Raster (Vertical)
320 x 240 pixels
57.55 Hz
32,768 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 11 ROMs
19,922,944 bytes (19.00 MiB)
MAME ID ddonpach · ddonpchj

About The Game

DoDonPachi is a vertically scrolling shoot-em-up arcade video game.

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 2

=> [A] Shoot, [B] Bomb


Designed by Cave and distributed by Atlus.

Angry Chief Hornet (literally), 'DonPachi' is also Japanese onomatopoiea for the firing of guns...

A 'Campaign Version' was released. Reportedly only 100 units ever made and given out as prizes to high score contest winners.

Scitron / Gamest released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (DoDonPachi, ESP Ra.de. Soundtrack - SGCD-00002) on 06/11/1998.

Scitron Digital Content released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Dodonpachi II / Dodonpachi Sound Trax - SCDC-00126) on 19/09/2001.

Tips and tricks

Bee Medals

There are bee medals hidden in the whole game. If you shoot where a bee medal is hidden, it starts to blink. Then you will need to use your laser to free it, before you can collect the medal.


There is a combo score system for hits within a specific time range. If it takes too long for your next hit, the chain breaks and counting restarts.

Hidden 1up Player

In stage 3 is your one and only chance to pick up a 1up item. It is hidden in the giant red spaceship you will pass later in the stage. To get it, open all 6 side-boxes with your laser, before you destroy the main tower in the center of the ship. You are not allowed to use your smartbomb for these actions. Otherwise the 1up item would not appear in the ruins of the tower afterwards.

Bomb Stock

If you don't use the smartbombs and keep the stock display at 'maximum' bonus multiplier will be 2x.

Flower Bloom

There are a few places in the game you will meet flowers growing in ruins. If you fly near them they will bloom. This is more than just a joke of the graphic artist. It can reward you with a nice bonus score :

  • (each) flower blooming : 10 points per 1/60 sec.
  • your shots hit it : 510 points per bullet
  • your laser crosses it : 1'100 points per 1/30 sec.

Second Loop

To access the second (harder) loop thus being able to fight against Hibachi, the 'true' final boss after level 6 boss, you have to complete the first 6 levels with only ONE credit AND meet at least one of these conditions :

  • Don't lose more than 2 fighters (lives).
  • Depending on the fighter, have a maximum hit count of at least :
    • Type A : 270 hits
    • Type B : 300 hits
    • Type C : 330 hits
  • At least 50 million points by the end of level 6.
  • Collect ALL 13 bees in four of the 6 areas using the tactic explained above for 'bee medals'.


  1. DonPachi (1995)
  2. DoDonPachi (1997)
  3. Bee Storm - DoDonPachi II (2001)
  4. DoDonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou (2002)
  5. DoDonPachi Dai-Fukkatsu (2008)


Naoki Ogiwara
Akira Wakabayashi
Hiroyuki Tanaka
Junya Inoue
Riichirou Nitta
Tsuneki Ikeda
Satoshi Kohyama
Makoto Watanabe
Takashi Ichimura
Special Thanks
Toshiaki Tomizawa
Atunori Aburatani
Ryuichi Yabuki
Kenichi Takano

Cabinet and Artwork


Sega Saturn (1997)
Sony PlayStation (1998)

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
dodonpachi DAI-OU-JOU & ESPGALUDA -Perfect remix- SRIN-1013[1] 2005-01-31 SuperSweep Records CD version.
dodonpachi DAI-OU-JOU / KE-TSU-I kizunajigokutachi ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK CVST-0000[2] 2003-06-11 Cave CD version.
Dodonpachi DAI-OU-JOU & ESPGaluda -perfect remix- SRIN-1012[3] 2005-01-28 Super Sweep Records CD version.
DoDonPachi II / DoDonPachi Sound Trax SCDC-00126[4] 2001-09-19 Scitron Digital Content CD version.
STORM! - SHOOTING GAME SOUND OMNIBUS Vol.2 KDSD-00023[5] 2004-01-07 Team Entertainment CD version.
Extra ~Official Compilation~ VGCD-0087[6] 2007-06-22 Five Records CD version.
DoDonPachi / ESP Ra.De. SGCD-0002[7] 1998-11-06 Scitron / Gamest CD version.
DO-DON-PACHI DAI-FUKKATSU Original Sound Track CVST-0010[8] 2009-01-26 Cave CD version.
'Cave Song' ~Compilation Image Song Album~ CVST-0997[9] 2009-05-16 Cave 2 CD version.
dodonpachi DAI-OU-JOU [arrange album] CVAS-002[10] 2009-08-15 Cave 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.