Lost In Translation/G-Darius

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Manufacturer Taito
Released 1997
8-way Joystick
6 Button(s)
Main CPU PlayStation
PSX CPU (@ 16.934 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
Raster (Horizontal)
640 x 480 pixels
60.00 Hz
65,536 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 8 ROMs
19,922,944 bytes (19.00 MiB)
MAME ID gdarius · gdarius2 · gdariusb

About The Game

G-Darius is an arcade video game which 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.


Makoto Fujita, Takeda , Ono and Katoh (see 'Staff' section) are members of G.Rev (the makers of "Border Down" in 2003). Hiroyuki Maruyama is the G.Rev president.

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

Tips and tricks

Zone Select

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


  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)


Naomitsu Abe
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
Akira Ohtsuki
Nobuyuki Hayashi
Katsuyuki Fujita
Takafumi Fujimoto
Hirohisa Matsumura
Hiroyuki Maruyama
Hikaru Taniguchi
Yasutaka Hayashi
Shunsuke Ono
Masakazu Takeda
Hirotaka Fukakawa
Koji Kato
Hitoshi Kozuka
Hisayoshi Ogura (Zuntata)
Sound Effects
Yukiharu Urita (Zuntata)
Katsumi Kaneoka
Design Works
Naoto Hashizume
Quality Warranty
Nobuhiro Koyama
Eiji Kawabata
Makoto Obonai

Cabinet and Artwork


Sony PlayStation (1998)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Taito Memories Vol. 2")
Microsoft XBOX (2006, "Taito Legends 2")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2006, "Taito Legends 2")
PC [CD-ROM] (2006, "Taito Legends 2")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
G-Darius Original Arcade Score ZTTL-0014[1] 1997-08-21 Zuntata Records CD version.
ZUNTATA LIVE 1997 ~CINETEQUE RAVE~ (AUDIO FILE) ZTTL-0016[2] 1997-10-22 Zuntata Records CD version.
Zuntata Live 1997 -Cineteque Rave- (Visual File) ZTTV-0001[3] 1997-11-21 Zuntata Records Released on VHS.
G-Darius Miraikanryou ZTTL-0019[4] 1998-02-21 Zuntata Records CD version.
ZUNTATA LIVE 1998 "güten Talk" from the earth ~AUDIO FILE~ ZTTL-0031[5] 1998-10-21 Zuntata Records 2 CD version.
ZUNTATA LIVE 1998 "güten Talk" from the earth ~VISUAL FILE~ N/A[6] 1998-11-10 Zuntata Records Released on VHS.
ZUNTATA HISTORY L'ab-normal 3rd ZTTL-0043[7] 1999-07-01 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.
TAITO GAME MUSIC ZTTL-1003[10] 2004-09-24 Zuntata Records 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.