Die Hard Arcade

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Die Hard Arcade
Publisher: Sega
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 (Sega Titan Video)
¥? ?
Arcade (Sega Titan Video)
$? ?

Sega Saturn
¥5,800 GS-9122
Sega Saturn
JP (Satakore)
¥2,800 GS-9192
Sega Saturn
$49.99[2] 81057
Sega Saturn
£44.99[3] MK81057-50
Sega Saturn
?F MK81057-50
Sega Saturn
DM ? MK81057-50
Sega Saturn
?Ptas MK81057-50
Sega Saturn
$? ?
Sega Saturn
R$? 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.


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.


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

Source: In-game credits

Special Thanks To
And the SOA Software Test Department
  • Nicolas Azizian, Aaron Bandur, Holly Bourdet, Karen Brown, Don Carmichael, Anthony Chau, Art Datangel, Roger DeForest, Mike Dobbins, Tai Huynh, John Jansen, Ty Johnson, Dave Kinel, Lloyd Kinoshita, Dennis Lee, Mark Lerma, Jeff Loney, Chris Lucich, Tony Lynch, Benny Malto, Mark McCunny, Steve Perez, David Portera, Tony Ragano, Ilya Reeves, Chris Towles, Adam Victor, Peter Young, Michael Yu
Source: US manualMedia:Dha sat us manual.pdf[5]

Magazine articles

Main article: Die Hard Arcade/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


GameFan US 0504.pdf

Saturn print advert in
GameFan (US) Volume 5, Issue 4: "April 1997" (1997-xx-xx)

SSM JP 19970131 1997-02.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
Sega Titan Video, JP
DynamiteDeka STV JP Cart.jpg

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
74 №27, p84-88[6]
60 №184, p74/75[3]
60 №43, p78
70 №424, p32
89 Vol 5, №4, p24
88 №93, p86
77 №53, p42/43
90 №73, p64/65
80 №17, p62/63[7]
77 №1997-02, p220[8]
81 №, p11Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[9]
82 №96, p69
Sega Saturn
Based on
15 reviews

Saturn, US
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DieHardArcade Saturn US Disc.jpg
Dha sat us manual.pdf
Saturn, EU
Diehardarcade sat eu cover.jpg
Diehardarcade sat eu disc.jpg
Saturn, EU (newer)

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


  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:Dha sat us manual.pdf, page 18
  6. File:CDConsoles FR 27.pdf, page 56
  7. File:SSM_UK_17.pdf, page 62
  8. File:SSM_JP_19970131_1997-02.pdf, page 222
  9. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 13

Games in the Dynamite Deka Series
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
Dynamite Deka 2 Original Soundtrack (1998) | Dynamite Deka vs Wing War Original Soundtrack (2006) | Dynamite Deka EX Original Sound Track (2007)
Dynamite Deka 4 Koma Ketteiban (1997) | Dynamite Deka 2 Official Guide (1998) | Dynamite Deka: Burning 2020 (2014)