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DonPachi

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DonPachi
Publisher: Atlus
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 T-14405G



DonPachi (首領蜂) is a "bullet hell" shooter developed by Cave and released in arcades in November 1995. It was subsequently brought to the Sega Saturn in the following year. It is the first in the DonPachi series and was not released outside of Japan. The name roughly translates to "leader bee".

DonPachi is often credited for popularising the "bullet hell" shoot-'em-up sub-genre, which has the player constantly focus on enemy and bullet patterns, attempting not to be killed. As the enemies in DonPachi often fire huge amounts of bullets in all sorts of directions, it requires a lot of memorisation and skill in order to complete.

DonPachi was followed by DoDonPachi, which saw a Sega Saturn release in 1997.

Magazine articles

Main article: DonPachi/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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SSM JP 19960223 1996-03.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #17: "1996-03 (1996-02-23)" (1996-02-09)
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SSM JP 19960322 1996-05.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #19: "1996-05 (1996-03-22)" (1996-03-08)
also published in:
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SSM JP 19960426 1996-07.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #21: "1996-07 (1996-04-26)" (1996-04-12)
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SSM JP 19960510 1996-08.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #22: "1996-08 (1996-05-10, 24)" (1996-04-26)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
73 №385, p33
67
70
50 №1996-07, p234[3]
71 №, p13Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[4]
Sega Saturn
66
Based on
5 reviews

Saturn, JP
DonPachi Saturn JP Box Back.jpgDonPachi Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover

References

  1. File:SSM_JP_19960308_1996-04.pdf, page 7
  2. File:SSM_JP_19960412_1996-06.pdf, page 31
  3. File:SSM_JP_19960426_1996-07.pdf, page 236
  4. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 15