Die Hard Arcade

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Die Hard Arcade
System(s): Sega Titan Video, Sega Saturn
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Licensor: Twentieth Century Fox
Sound driver:
Sega Saturn
SCSP/CD-DA (41 tracks)
Genre: Side-scrolling Action/Yoko Scroll Action (横スクロールアクション)[2], Action[3]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (Sega Titan Video)
JP
¥? ?
Arcade (Sega Titan Video)
US
$? ?




















Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 (5,974)5,800e[4] GS-9122
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
JP
(Satakore)
¥2,8002,800 GS-9192
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
US
$49.9949.99[5] 81057
ESRB: Teen
Sega Saturn
EU
MK81057-50
ELSPA: 15+ OK
Sega Saturn
DE
MK81057-50
USK: 18
Sega Saturn
PT
STJSE0501
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.9944.99[7][6] MK81057-50
ELSPA: 15+ OK
Sega Saturn
PL
239zł239
Sega Saturn
AU
FDIE01SSC
OFLC: M15
Sega Saturn
BR
191536
Tectoy: 18+

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.

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.

Stages

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The Top Floor

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The Underground Parking Lot

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The First Floor Lobby

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The Terrace

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The Top Floor

History

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.

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.

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Die Hard Arcade Die Hard Arcade
English (US) Die Hard Arcade Die Hard Arcade
Japanese ダイナマイト刑事 Dynamite Deka

Production credits

Arcade version

Sega AM R&D Dept. #1

Saturn version

Source:
In-game credits
Development
Production
Marketing
Special Thanks To
And the SOA Software Test Department
Source:
US manual[8]

Magazine articles

Main article: Die Hard Arcade/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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ST-V US flyer (front)
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ST-V US flyer (back)

DynamiteDeka Saturn JP Flyer.pdf

PDF
Saturn JP flyer
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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-02: "1997-02 (1997-01-31)" (1997-01-17)
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Saturn print advert in GameFan (US) #0504: "Volume 5, Issue 4: April 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Strana Igr (RU) #13: "Iyul 1997 1/2" (1997-xx-xx)

Photo gallery

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Titan Video version

Sega Titan Video, US
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Cart
Sega Titan Video, JP
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"Top" instructions
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"Long" instructions
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"Long" instructions (2)
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Instuction card(s)

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
77 №53, p42/43
Sega Saturn
77
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
576 KByte (HU)
80
[9]
CD Consoles (FR)
80
[10]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
50
[7]
Edge (UK) PAL
60
[11]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
74
[12]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
70
[13]
Freak (IL)
92
[14]
Gambler (PL)
83
[15]
GameFan (US)
81
[16]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
88
[17]
Gry Komputerowe (PL)
75
[18]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
80
[19]
neXt Level (DE) PAL
80
[20]
Player One (FR)
90
[21]
Secret Service (PL)
56
[22]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
88
[23]
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) PAL
80
[24]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
81
[25]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
77
[26]
Strana Igr (RU)
80
[27]
Ultra Game Players (US) NTSC-U
82
[28]
Video Games (DE) PAL
75
[29]
Sega Saturn
77
Based on
22 reviews

Die Hard Arcade

Saturn, JP
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Cover
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Spinecard
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Disc
Saturn, JP (Satakore)
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Cover
Saturn, US
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Cover
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Disc
Dha sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
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Cover
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Disc
DieHardArcadeSaturnEUManual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU (newer)

Saturn, PT
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, AU
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Cover
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Disc
Saturn, BR
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Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
620,382,336 CD-ROM (EU) MK81057-50 V1.002
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
618,684,192 1996-10-30 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9122 V1.001
Sega Saturn
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
624,002,064 CD-ROM (US) 81057 V1.001

External links

  • Sega of America webpage: Saturn

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sega Arcade History, Enterbrain, page 141
  2. Dynamite Deka (Saturn) Japanese cover (back)
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/segasaturn/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-04 08:13)
  4. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1997-02 (1997-01-31)" (JP; 1997-01-17), page 232
  5. 5.0 5.1 Press release: 1997-03-18: Sega Saturn Brings Home Die Hard Arcade For The Ultimate Living Room Brawl
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 http://www.sega-europe.com/SATURNL.HTML (Wayback Machine: 1997-07-15 06:26)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Computer & Video Games, "March 1997" (UK; 1997-02-12), page 74
  8. Die Hard Arcade (Saturn) US manual, page 18
  9. 576 KByte, "Szeptember 1997" (HU; 1997-xx-xx), page 16
  10. CD Consoles, "Avril 1997" (FR; 1997-xx-xx), page 84
  11. Edge, "March 1997" (UK; 1997-02-28), page 78
  12. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1997" (US; 1997-0x-xx), page 53
  13. Famitsu, "1997-01-31" (JP; 1997-01-17), page 1
  14. Freak, "4/97" (IL; 1997-xx-xx), page 1
  15. Gambler, "6/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 1
  16. GameFan, "Volume 5, Issue 4: April 1997" (US; 1997-xx-xx), page 26
  17. GamePro, "April 1997" (US; 1997-xx-xx), page 90
  18. Gry Komputerowe, "6/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 1
  19. Mega Fun, "03/97" (DE; 1997-02-05), page 88
  20. neXt Level, "März 1997" (DE; 1997-02-21), page 68
  21. Player One, "Mars 1997" (FR; 1997-xx-xx), page 64
  22. Secret Service, "Kwiecień 1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 64
  23. Sega Power, "March 1997" (UK; 1997-02-12), page 38
  24. Sega Saturn Magazine, "March 1997" (UK; 1997-02-19), page 62
  25. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 13
  26. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1997-02 (1997-01-31)" (JP; 1997-01-17), page 222
  27. Strana Igr, "May 1997" (RU; 1997-xx-xx), page 81
  28. Ultra Game Players, "April 1997" (US; 1997-03-25), page 69
  29. Video Games, "3/97" (DE; 1997-02-19), page 96


Die Hard Arcade

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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)