Lost In Translation/Salamander 2

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Salamander 2
No screen shot.
Manufacturer Konami
Released 1996
8-way Joystick
3 Button(s)
Main CPU 68EC020 (@ 24.000 MHz)
68000 (@ 9.200 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
(2x) K054539 (@ 48.000 kHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
288 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
8,192 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 13 ROMs
15,990,784 bytes (15.25 MiB)
MAME ID salmndr2

About The Game

Salamander 2 is an horizontally and vertically scrolling arcade video game shoot-em-up featuring simultaneous 2-player action.

Released ten years after the game it sequels, Salamander 2 remains faithful to the superb 1986 original; retaining both the organic look and feel of the graphics, as well as the horizontal and vertically scrolling levels. While the game doesn't break any new ground game-play-wise, and is little more than a retread of (and tribute to) the original game, what it does it does very well; and the graphics in particular are nothing short of stunning.


Note : The kanji on the title screen actually reads 'Sa Ra Man Da', meaning 'Sand Gauze Wide Snake'. This is an example of 'ateji', where Japanese artists use the phonetic value of a character to allow the title to be written with kanji (often choosing those that fit the game; the 4th kanji here means snake).

King Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Salamander 2 Orignal Game Soundtrack - KICA-7695) on 05/04/1996.


  1. Nemesis (1985)
  2. Salamander (1986)
  3. Gradius 2 (1987, MSX)
  4. Vulcan Venture (1988)
  5. Nemesis 3 - The Eve of Destruction (1988, MSX)
  6. Gradius III - Densetsu Kara Shinwa-e (1989)
  7. Gradius - The Interstellar Assault (1991, Nintendo Game Boy)
  8. Nemesis '90 Kai (1993, Sharp X68000)
  9. Salamander 2 (1996)
  10. Solar Assault - Gradius (1997)
  11. Solar Assault - Revisited (1997)
  12. Gradius Gaiden (1997, Sony PlayStation)
  13. Gradius IV - Fukkatsu (1999)
  14. Gradius Generation (2002, Nintendo Game Boy Advance)
  15. Gradius V (2003, Sony PlayStation 2)


Graphic Designers
Masato Hijima
Sonshi Sdr
Kaori Nishimura
Motohisa Ando
Sound Designers
You Takamine
Naoki Maeda
Hard Designer
V Kobe Yzz
Develop Assistant
Takaaki "Q" Kumemura
Product Designer
K. Iwashita
Yamamoso Type2
Takeaki Hasegawa


Sony PlayStation (1997)
Sega Saturn (1997, "Salamander Deluxe pack Plus")
Sony PSP (2007, "Salamander Portable")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
MIDI Power Pro 2 ~Salamander 2 Twinbee Yahho!~ KICA-7708[1] 1996-07-05 King Records Inc. CD version.
MIDI Power Pro 5 ~Salamander~ KICA-7837[2] 1998-02-04 King Records Inc. CD version.
Salamander Arcade Soundtrack KOLA-030[3] 2003-04-09 Konami Music Entertainment Inc. CD version.
Kukeiha Club pro-fusion ~Salamander~ KICA-7702[4] 1996-05-22 King Records Inc. CD version.
Salamander 2 Original Game Soundtrack KICA-7695[5] 1996-04-05 King 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.