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gdariusb: MAME ROM Information.


G-Darius (c) 1997 Taito.

G-Darius literally added a new dimension to the highly regarded 'Darius' series, with the introduction of fully 3D rendered backgrounds and enemies. Namco had already done the same with their Xevious series for "Xevious 3D/G", released two years' earlier, but G-Darius is generally regarded as the most accomplished of the two titles.

G-Darius' game-play was also enhanced, with the 'Capture Ball' system; this allowed the player to capture almost any enemy craft and use it against the game's other enemies. Captured enemies can either be detonated like a ''bomb'', damaging all enemies nearby; or used to fire a special 'Alpha Beam', which cuts through everything but gold-colored objects and enemy bosses. Each boss is capable of firing its own version of this beam at the player; when both beams meet, they will interrupt each other's path. Depending on how rapidly the player presses the Fire button, one beam will grow and eventually overpower the others. The Capture ball was actually introduced in "Darius Gaiden" but was only used to a minimal extent.


Taito FX-1B hardware

Prom Stickers : E39

Main CPU : PSX (@ 16.9344 Mhz)

Sound Chips : SPU (@ 16.9344 Mhz)

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 6


Released in June 1997.

Makoto Fujita, Takeda , Ono and Katoh (see 'Staff' section) are members of G.Rev (the makers of "Border Down" in 2003). Hiroyuki Maruyama is the G.Rev president.

The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'AAA'.


* Zone Select :

1. Hold Service Switch button during boot count.

2. Wait until machine displays 'Service Switch Error' on screen.

3. Push buttons in the following sequence 'Start(x3), Service Switch, Start'.

4. Insert credit then go to Zone Select screen.


1. Darius (1986)

2. Darius II (1989)

3. Darius Twin (1991, Nintendo Super Famicom)

4. Darius Force (1993, Nintendo Super Famicom)

3. Darius Gaiden - Silver Hawk (1994)

4. G-Darius (1997)

5. G-Darius ver.2 (1997)

6. Darius Burst (2009, Sony PSN)

7. Darius Burst - Another Chronicle (2010)


Producer : Naomitsu Abe

Director : Naomitsu Abe, Makoto Ohsaka, Akira Ohtsuki, Makoto Fujita

Character graphics : Makoto Fujita, Tohru Kawaishi, Kenichi Morita, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Toshihiro Fukui, Ryosuke Hayase, Atsushi Horimizu, Yatta Ushiroda, Baw Baw

Program : Akira Ohtsuki, Nobuyuki Hayashi, Katsuyuki Fujita, Takafumi Fujimoto, Hirohisa Matsumura, Hiroyuki Maruyama, Hikaru Taniguchi, Yasutaka Hayashi, Shunsuke Ono, Masakazu Takeda, Harumi.K, Hirotaka Fukakawa, Koji Kato, Hitoshi Kozuka

Music : Hisayoshi Ogura (Zuntata)

Sound effects : Yukiharu Urita (Zuntata)

Hardware : Katsumi Kaneoka

Design works : Naoto Hashizume

Quality warranty : Nobuhiro Koyama, Eiji Kawabata, Makoto Obonai


* Consoles :

Sony PlayStation (1998)

Sony PlayStation 2 [JP] (August 25, 2005; "Taito Memories Gekan [Model SLPM-66092]")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "Taito Memories Vol. 2")

Microsoft XBOX (2006, "Taito Legends 2")

Sony PlayStation 2 (2006, "Taito Legends 2")

* Computers :

PC [CD-ROM] (2006, "Taito Legends 2")


Game's rom.

MAME Info:

0.127u1 [smf, MooglyGuy]

0.74u2 [?]

0.71 [smf, MooglyGuy]

Artwork available


- 0.127u1: Changed G-Darius Ver.2 (Ver 2.03J) to the parent set.

- 26th July 2008: Mr. Do - Funny story. Tormod sent me a BUNCH of instruction cards a long time ago. You've probably been seeing them added in every so often. Well, around July of last year, I had completed a whole bunch of them, but then had a computer crash, and they ended up on the "spare" hard drive by mistake. I found them again going through a cleanup. So thanks to Tormod, this week we have G-Darius.

- 0.93: Added clone G-Darius (Ver 2.02A).

- 27th February 2005: Manuel Assoni dumped G-Darius (Ver 2.02A).

- 0.83: Changed description to 'G-Darius (Ver 2.01J)' and clone '(JAPAN)' to '(Ver 2.03J)'.

- 0.82u2: Fixed user2 roms addresses. Tourniquet, Olivier Galibert, smf, R. Belmont, [red], Malice, Renegade, Twisty, Dox, BUT and many other MAME.net board users helped out to find the missing ZN protection key - Game now playable.

- 22nd May 2004: Guru - G Darius Ver.2 (Taito 1997, ZN1 hardware) arrived on loan from Blastar.

- 0.74u2: Added G-Darius (JAPAN) (Taito 1997) and clone G-Darius Ver.2 (JAPAN).

- 0.71: smf and MooglyGuy added (Testdrivers) G-Darius (JAPAN) and clone Ver.2 (JAPAN).

Other Emulators:

* ZiNc

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Romset: 18944 kb / 7 files / 17.1 zip

MAME XML Output:

       <game name="gdariusb" sourcefile="zn.c" cloneof="gdarius2" romof="gdarius2">
              <description>G-Darius (Ver 2.02A)</description>
              <rom name="coh-1000t.353" merge="coh-1000t.353" size="524288" crc="e3f23b6e" sha1="e18907cf8c6ba54d96edba0a9a00487a90219e0d" region="user1" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="e39-08.ic4" size="1048576" crc="835049db" sha1="2b230c8fd6c6ea4e30740fda28f631344b018b79" region="user2" offset="1"/>
              <rom name="e39-10.ic3" size="1048576" crc="6ba4d941" sha1="75f2d8c920d29102c09e041fc3198e32ad57dbaf" region="user2" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="e39-01.1" merge="e39-01.1" size="4194304" crc="bdaaa251" sha1="a42daa706ee859c2b66be179e08c0ad7990f919e" region="user2" offset="400000"/>
              <rom name="e39-02.2" merge="e39-02.2" size="4194304" crc="a47aab5d" sha1="64b58e47035ad9d8d6dcaf475cbcc3ad85f4d82f" region="user2" offset="800000"/>
              <rom name="e39-03.12" merge="e39-03.12" size="4194304" crc="a883b6a5" sha1="b8d00d944c90f8cd9c2b076688f4c68b2e6d557a" region="user2" offset="c00000"/>
              <rom name="e39-07.14" merge="e39-07.14" size="524288" crc="2252c7c1" sha1="92b9908e0d87cad6587f1acc0eef69eaae8c6a98" region="mn10200" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="e39-04.27" merge="e39-04.27" size="4194304" crc="6ee35e68" sha1="fdfe63203d8cecf84cb869039fb893d5b63cdd67" region="zsg1" offset="0"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="CXD8530CQ" clock="67737600"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="mn10200" name="Panasonic MN10200" clock="12500000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="lspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="rspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="spu" name="SPU" clock="33868800"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="zsg2" name="ZSG-2" clock="12500000"/>
              <display tag="gpu:screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="640" height="480" refresh="60.000000" />
              <sound channels="2"/>
              <input players="4" buttons="3" coins="4" service="yes" tilt="yes">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
              <dipswitch name="Freeze" tag="DSW" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="1" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Service Mode" tag="DSW" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="2" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="DSW" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="4" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Unknown" tag="DSW" mask="8">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="8" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <driver status="imperfect" emulation="good" color="good" sound="imperfect" graphic="imperfect" savestate="unsupported" palettesize="65536"/>

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