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Die Hard Arcade
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Titan Video, Sega Saturn
Sound driver:
Sega Saturn
SCSP/CD-DA (41 tracks)
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
JP
1996-07[1] ¥?  ?
Arcade
US
1996 $?  ?



Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 GS-9122
Sega Saturn
JP (Satakore)
¥2,800 GS-9192
Sega Saturn
US
$49.99[2] 81057
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99[3] MK81057-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F MK81057-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? MK81057-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas MK81057-50
Sega Saturn
BR
R$? 191536



Die Hard Arcade known as Dynamite Deka (ダイナマイト刑事) in Japan, is a 3D arcade beat-em up developed by Sega AM1 and Sega Technical Institute. It was published by Sega for the Sega Titan Video arcade platform in 1996 and for the Sega Saturn in the following year.

Dynamite Deka was designed to be a 3D beat-'em-up game inspired by the movie Die Hard (which in turn was inspired by a 1979 novel, Nothing Lasts Forever). In overseas markets, it was granted official use of the Die Hard license by Fox Interactive - a move which occurred very late in the game's development cycle (and hence does not feature in Japanese versions). It was the last title to credit Sega Technical Institute before the team was dissolved.

Gameplay

Die Hard Arcade has players save the president's daughter from a group of terrorists led by Wolf Hongo, who have taken over a skyscraper. It is a one or two player game, player one taking control of Bruno "Mister Dynamite" Delinger (Die Hard protagonist John McClane in the overseas versions), and player two controlling Cindy Holiday (renamed to Kris Thompsen in the overseas Saturn versions' instruction manual).

Similar in many respects to Virtua Fighter, Die Hard Arcade is a 3D beat-'em-up, although action mostly takes place on a 2D (or "2.5D") plane, similar to older Sega releases such as Golden Axe and Streets of Rage. Die Hard Arcade, however, puts a greater emphasis on the use of weapons and objects which can be found on the ground, and levels are interspred with quick time events, which if completed successfully, can save the player the trouble of having to fight more opponents.

History

Sequels and re-releases

When released on the Sega Saturn, the game came bundled with a version of Sega's 1979 arcade game Deep Scan. Each 200 points earned in Deep Scan gives the player credits in Die Hard Arcade.

Dynamite Deka was followed by Dynamite Deka 2 on the Dreamcast/Sega Model 2. This game was known as Dynamite Cop outside of Japan. The story would be continued in Dynamite Deka EX, also known as Asian Dynamite, and the game would be remade in the form of Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 26: Dynamite Deka.

Production credits

Arcade version

Hiro, Paul Sears, Youichi Ueda, Robert Morgan, David Leytze, Richard Hideshima, Tohru Nakabayashi, Kouji Ooto, Yuko L. Isoda, Kohji Tanuma, Sachiko Amano, Masayuki Ao, Naoko Takahashi, Susumi Hirai, Morikuni Kubo, Shinichiro Okumoto, Masamoto Morita

Sega AM R&D Dept. #1

Saturn version

Hiro, Paul Sears, Youichi Ueda, Robert Morgan, David Leytze, Richard Hideshima, Tohru Nakabayashi, Kouji Ooto, Yuko L. Isoda, Kouji Tanuma, Sachiko Amano, Masayuki Ao, Naoko Takahashi, Susumu Hirai, Morikuni Kubo, Shinichiro Okumoto, Stephen Hutchins, Masamoto Morita

Magazine articles

Main article: Die Hard Arcade/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GameFan US 0504.pdf

PDF
Saturn print advert in














GameFan (US) Volume 5, Issue 4: "April 1997" (1997-xx-xx)

SSM JP 19970131 1997-02.pdf

PDF
Print advert in














Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #38: "1997-02 (1997-01-31)" (1997-01-17)

Photo gallery

Physical scans

Sega Titan Video version

Sega Titan Video, US
DieHardArcade STV Cart.jpg
Cart
Sega Titan Video, JP
DynamiteDeka STV JP Cart.jpg
Cart

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
74 №27, p84-88[5]
60 №184, p74/75[3]
60 №43, p78
70 №424, p32
89 Vol 5, №4, p24
84
70
88 №93, p86
77 №53, p42/43
80
90 №73, p64/65
80 №17, p62/63[6]
77 №1997-02, p220[7]
81 №, p11Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[8]
82 №96, p69
Sega Saturn
77
Based on
15 reviews

Saturn, US
Diehardarcade sat us backcover.jpgDiehardarcade sat us frontcover.jpg
Cover
DieHardArcade Saturn US Disc.jpg
Disc
Dha sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
Diehardarcade sat eu cover.jpg
Cover
Diehardarcade sat eu disc.jpg
Disc
DieHardArcadeSaturnEUManual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU (newer)

Saturn, JP
Diehardarcade sat jp backcover.jpgDiehardarcade sat jp frontcover.jpg
Cover
Diehardarcade sat jp spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
DieHardArcade Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, JP (Satakore)
Dynamite Deka Saturn JP Box Satakore.jpg
Cover
Saturn, BR
DieHardArcade Sat BR cover.jpg
Cover

References

  1. http://sega-interactive.co.jp/special/history/title/dynamitecop.html
  2. 2.0 2.1 Press release: 1997-03-18: Sega Saturn Brings Home Die Hard Arcade For The Ultimate Living Room Brawl
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:CVG UK 184.pdf, page 74
  4. File:CVG UK 184.pdf, page 53
  5. File:CDConsoles FR 27.pdf, page 56
  6. File:SSM_UK_17.pdf, page 62
  7. File:SSM_JP_19970131_1997-02.pdf, page 222
  8. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 13


Games in the Dynamite Deka Series
Arcade
Die Hard Arcade (1996) | Dynamite Cop (1998) | Asian Dynamite (2007)
Sega Saturn
Die Hard Arcade (1997)
Sega Dreamcast
Dynamite Cop (1999)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 26: Dynamite Deka (2006)
PlayStation 3 PlayStation Network
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 26: Dynamite Deka (2012)
Dynamite Deka related media
Music
Dynamite Deka 2 Original Soundtrack (1998) | Dynamite Deka vs Wing War Original Soundtrack (2006) | Dynamite Deka EX Original Sound Track (2007)
Book
Dynamite Deka 4 Koma Ketteiban (1997) | Dynamite Deka 2 Official Guide (1998) | Dynamite Deka: Burning 2020 (2014)