Lost In Translation/SDI - Strategic Defense Initiative

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Strategic Defense Initiative
No screen shot.
SDI control panel.
Manufacturer Sega
Released 1987
(2x) 8-way Joystick
1 Button(s)
Main CPU 68000 (@ 10.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
YM2151 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
6,144 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 16 ROMs
819,200 bytes (800.00 KiB)
MAME ID sdi · defense · sdib · sdibl

About The Game

SDI - Strategic Defense Initiative is an arcade video game shoot-em-up.


This game is also known as "Defense".

Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Sega Game Music Vol.3 - 28XA-109) on 10/10/1987.

Another version runs on the Sega System 16B hardware.

Tips and tricks

Flicky Mode

  1. Insert a credit (ONLY 1 credit)
  2. Input code Up(x2), Down, Right, Down, Left, Down(x2) with Player 1
  3. Input code Player 2 Shot button x3 then press Player 2 START button
  4. Satellite (player character) will change to Flicky at the starting of Stage 2.


Planed By
Black Holl Tomo
Project Leader
Joe Kacchan
Sweet Tohchan
Anatano Pideshi
Ippo Ogapi
Defended Your State
Character Designers
Saitama Kenji
8940 KON
Scene Designer
Music By
Katsuhiro Hayashi (Funky Gerogero)
Mechanical Engineer
Enemy Creation
Demon Taka
Data Adjust
Nanno Icchan

Cabinet and Artwork


Box art for the Activision port of SDI - Strategic Defense Initiative.
Sega Master System (1987)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Sega AGES 2500 Series Vol. 21 SDI & Quartett - SEGA System 16 Collection Vol.1")
Commodore Amiga ("SDI", 1988, Activision)
Amstrad CPC (1988)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1989)
Mobile phones ("Mobile SDI", 2002)

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.
Sega Game Music Vol.3 After Burner 28XA-109[2] 1987-10-10 Alfa Records CD version.
Segacon -The Best of Sega Game Music- Vol.1 SVWC-7092~4[3] 2001-10-24 SME Visual Works 3 CD version.
Sega Game Music Vol.3 After Burner ALC-22915[4] 1987-10-10 ALFA RECORDS Cassette version.
Sega Game Music Vol.3 After Burner ALR-22915[5] 1987-10-10 ALFA RECORDS Vinyl version.
Sega Game Music Vol.3 After Burner SCDC-00056[6] 2000-12-20 Scitron Digital Content Inc. CD version.
SDI & Quartet ~SEGA System 16 Collection~ Original Soundtrack WM-0511[7] 2005-10-27 Wave Master CD version.
S.S.T. Band ~Live History~ SDDV-00035[8] 2006-09-20 Happinet Corporation Released on DVD.

External Links


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.