Darius II

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Darius II
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Saturn
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Developer(s) of original games: Taito
Sound driver:
Sega Saturn
SCSP/CD-DA (16 tracks)
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Master System
Sega Saturn
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,900 T-11083
Sega Mega Drive
$? T-11016
Sega Mega Drive
R$? ?

Sega Master System
£32.99More...[3] 7078
Sega Master System
?F 7078
Sega Master System
DM ? 7078
Sega Master System
?Ptas 7078
Sega Master System
R$? ?

Sega Saturn
¥5,800 T-1104G
Sega Saturn
£39.99More...[4] MK81085-50
Sega Saturn
?F MK81085-50
Sega Saturn
DM ? MK81085-50
Sega Saturn
?Ptas MK81085-50
Sega Saturn
?PLN ?

Darius II (ダライアスII), also known as Sagaia outside Japan, is a side-scrolling space shoot 'em up developed by Taito as a direct sequel to the 1986 game Darius. It was originally released in 1989.

The game was ported to several Sega systems, including the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Master System. A port to the Sega Saturn using the original name was released exclusively in Japan and Europe.


Proco and Tiat, seeing the planet Darius in ruin, create a new planet called Orga. Their descendents, Proco Jr. and Tiat Young, receive a mayday signal from another civilization born from Darius's ruins, prompting them to take the Silverhawk, a ship, back to save this other civilization from evil forces.


Like the first game, the player controls a space ship shooting at various enemies that resemble fish in a non-linear level order.

A and C shoot; holding them down rapidfires (though there is a break every few bullets). B drops bombs (you have unlimited bombs). Powerups are collected in the usual shoot em up fashion and there are powerups for both the gun and the bomb dropper. A score bonus is awarded for defeating groups of enemies.

Stages in the Mega Drive version differ quite a bit from the arcade version: backgrounds are different (e.g. arcade stage B takes place on a rocky planet surface and in a cave, while the Mega Drive version of stage B is mechanized), enemy placement and behavior has been changed and the bosses have also been modified. The Master System version features a reduced amount of stages.

The Saturn version, conversely, simulates the arcade version's wide screen mode utilizing a zoom feature. However, due to running in a lower resolution mode, it can be very difficult to see enemies and bullets.



Darius II was followed by Darius Gaiden in 1994 (originally planned to be released as Darius III).

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Executive Producer: Takao Ueno
  • Producer: Tomohiro Nishikado, Shouji Takahashi
  • Director of Software: Yuichiro Kawamuki
  • Programmers: Takashi Kuroda, Yoshiaki Ishii, Ayumi Onosaka, Takahisa Horimoto
  • Production Designer: Wakadaishou
  • Character Designers: Makoto Saitoh, Gota Goto, Keisuke Miyanaga, Nishiyaman
  • Team Zuntata
  • Programmed by: Mira Turbo, Dogen Shibuya
  • Game Checker: Kiyoshi Bandou
  • Technical Adviser: Hideaki Tomioka, Haruo Suzuki, Kouji Yamazaki
  • Special Thanks to: Hidehiro Fujiwara, Akira Fujita, Akira Ohtsuki, Tatsuo Nakamura
  • Game Designed by: Yuji Koga
  • Directed by: Yuichiro Kawamuki
© Taito Corporation 1991

Master System version

  • Executive Producer: Tomohiro Nishikado
  • Producer: Kimio Hirota
  • Director: Iku Mizutani
  • Programers: Moriyuki Kanaya, Yuji Akita
  • Graphics Designers: Isao Inoue, Yasunari Hayami
  • Music Director: Iku Mizutani
  • Music Composer: Hisayoshi Ogura
  • Character Designers: Yasunari Hayami, Isao Inoue
  • Original Game Designer: Fukio Mitsuji
  • Special Thanks: Yuji Koga, Kohji Yamazaki
Taito Corporation 1992 All Rights Reserved

Saturn version

The Credits
  • Directed And Produced by: Hidehiro Fujiwara
  • Game Designed by: Hidehiro Fujiwara, Takatsuna Senba
  • Programmed by: Akira Ohtsuki, Tatsuo Nakamura, Masashi Tsuzura, Shinji Soyano
  • Art Designed by: Masami Kikuchi, Takatsuna Senba, Hisakazu Kato
  • Cabinet Design: Yoshinori Aiura
  • Hardware Designed by: Toshiyuki Sanada
  • Team Zuntata
    • All Music Composed And Arranged by: Hisayoshi Ogura
    • Sound Editor: Yasuhisa Watanabe, Norihiro Furukawa
    • Sound Soft Ware: Naoto Yagishita
  • Special thanks to: Onijust, Akira Fujita, Takamasa Hori, Masaki Yagi, Masahiko Takaki, Ogr Young, Zippy Aoki, Kouji Tsunekiyo, Hikaru Taniguchi, And Staff Of Kumagaya
© Taito Corporation 1989 All Rights Reserved
Source: In-game credits. Original credits only.Media:DariusII_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf[5]

サターン版 「DARIUSII」 スタッフ
  • プログラム: 金子 道明, 南雲 泰人, 阿部 央, 関 拓志, 赤座 清敬
  • グラフィック: 高須 雄二, 小松崎 成俊, 山田 耕司, 栗原 義昭, 藤原 淳
Source: Staff.txt (in CD-ROM)

Magazine articles

Main article: Darius II/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Darius II/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 More...[6]
75 More...[7]
79 More...[8]
79 More...[9]
77 №6
69 More...[10]
30 №1991-01, p41
89 №13, p118
65 №5, p91
87 №1, p65
83 More...[11]
83 More...[12]
72 More...[13]
80 More...[14]
87 More...[15]
83 №18, p64
90 More...[2]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
17 reviews

Mega Drive, US
DariusII MD US Box.jpg
Darius II MD US Cart.jpg
Sagaia md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, JP
Darius II MD JP Box.jpg
DariusII MD JP CartTop.jpg
DariusII md jp cart.jpg
Darius II MD JP Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, BR
Sagaia md br cover.jpg
Sagaia MD BR Cart.jpg

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 More...[16]
81 More...[17]
91 More...[18]
90 More...[19]
67 More...[20]
72 №50
80 More...[21]
78 №34, p28/29
23 More...[22]
50 More...[23]
51 More...[24]
88 More...[2]
73 More...[25]
Sega Master System
Based on
13 reviews

Master System, EU
Darius II SMS EU Box.jpg
Sagaia SMS EU Cart.jpg
Sagaia SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual (3L)
Master System, AU

Sagaia Master System AU Manual.pdf
Master System, BR
DariusII SMS BR Box.jpg
Sagaia SMS BR Cart.jpg

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 №391, p29
60 More...[26]
68 More...[27]
36 More...[4]
55 More...[28]
75 №69, p124
28 №86, p60
53 More...[29]
68 More...Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[30]
Sega Saturn
Based on
10 reviews

Saturn, EU
DariusII Saturn EU Box.jpg
Darius II Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Saturn, JP
DariusII sat jp backcover.jpgDariusII sat jp frontcover.jpg
Darius II (ダライアスII) Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
DariusII Saturn JP Disc.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f1e22f43
MD5 c9ab9dd499c7d56772fccbd2ec2ae465
SHA-1 0aa2632da5ec3c1db21b273bcb8630d84b7bb805
1MB 1990-11 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 25dfe62a
MD5 4ab80160ba6811a48e0482c402941062
SHA-1 93593e4014e13db90fedc1903a402c6f7d885a2f
1MB 1990-09 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Master System
CRC32 66388128
MD5 D8A4C95203BBE294760085189F9544FA
SHA-1 2A3E859139F8CA83494BB800DC848FE4D02DB82A
256kB Cartridge (EU)
Sega Saturn
489,679,344 CD-ROM(EU) MK81085-50 V1.000
Sega Saturn
489,648,768 1996-04-18 CD-ROM(JP) T-1104G V1.003

Track list

Saturn version

1. [data track] ({{{time}}})

2. Olga Breeze (04:09)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura

3. Olga Breeze (03:34)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura

4. Muse Valley (03:42)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura

5. Jamming (03:29)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura

6. Cynthia (03:49)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura

7. Planet Blue (03:37)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura

8. To Nari (03:32)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura

9. Say PaPa (05:32)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura

10. All Clear (01:05)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura

11. War Oh! (03:51)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura

12. Boss2 (03:52)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura

13. Round Clear (00:55)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura

14. Say Papa (Intro) (00:23)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura

15. Name Set (00:48)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura

16. Ending (00:45)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura

17. Say PaPa (Ending) (02:17)
Composed by: Hisayoshi Ogura
Running time: 45:20

Extra content

This game has an extra content which can be viewed when accessing the disc on a PC.

Folder / File Type Size description
DAR2_ABS.TXT TXT (Abstract) 89 About this game.
DAR2_BIB.TXT TXT (Bibliographiced) 10 Title
DAR2_CPY.TXT TXT (Copyright) 53 Copyright
STAFF.TXT TXT 414 Production credits


  1. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 22
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Supergame, "Julho 1992" (BR; 1992-07-xx), page 34
  3. Sega Force, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 55
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mean Machines Sega, "December 1996" (UK; 1996-11-01), page 72
  5. File:DariusII_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf
  6. Beep! MegaDrive, "January 1991" (JP; 1990-12-08), page 33 (35)
  7. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 83 (85)
  8. Computer & Video Games, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-02-16), page 72
  9. Computer + Video Giochi, "Aprile 1991" (IT; xxxx-xx-xx), page 88
  10. Génération 4, "Février 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 94
  11. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 77
  12. Mean Machines, "May 1991" (UK; 1991-05-01), page 76-78 (76)
  13. Power Play, "36: 3/91" (DE; 1991-02-15), page 140
  14. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 53
  15. Sega Pro, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-11-21), page 19 (21)
  16. Consoles +, "Juillet/Août 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 118/119 (118)
  17. Hobby Consolas, "Junio 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 68/69 (68)
  18. Joypad, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 84/85 (84)
  19. Joystick, "Mars 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 136
  20. Mean Machines, "September 1992" (UK; 1992-08-27), page 62/63 (62)
  21. Player One, "Avril 1992" (FR; 1992-04-10), page 66/67 (66)
  22. Sega Pro, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-06-18), page 42/43 (42)
  23. Sega Force, "1/92" (SE; 1992-xx-xx), page 18
  24. Sega Force, "July 1992" (UK; 1992-xx-xx), page 52/53 (54)
  25. Video Games, "7/92" (DE; 1992-06-24), page 51 (49)
  26. Joypad, "Juillet/Août 1996" (FR; 1996-xx-xx), page 72
  27. MAN!AC, "08/96" (DE; 1996-07-17), page 48
  28. Mega Force, "Novembre/Décembre 1996" (FR; 1996-xx-xx), page 93
  29. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-09 (1996-06-14)" (JP; 1996-05-24), page 230 (232)
  30. Sega Saturn Magazine (readers), "Final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 13 (15)
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