DoDonPachi Resurrection: The History

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Hello! Adam Milecki, Game Producer for Degica Games here to give you a quick history lesson on the creators of DoDonPachi Resurrection!

For the uninitiated, DoDonPachi Resurrection, was created by a prolific force in the shmup/shoot-’em-up (or “STG/Shooting Game” in Japan) genre by the name of CAVE Interactive CO., LTD. CAVE is located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, and was founded in 1994 by former Toaplan employees including Tsuneki Ikeda (aka “IKD”). Toaplan was a game developer that had already been a fount of shmup goodness, and is arguably the father of the bullet-hell subgenre, so CAVE was off to a good start.

Quick aside: If you don’t already know, the shmup subgenre known as “bullet hell” (or “danmaku” in Japan) is most recognizable by its large number of projectiles on screen at once, often with an emphasis on dodging the attacks. Batsugun, a game created by the aforementioned Toaplan, is said to be the first of the bullet-hell games, and was called a “manic shooter” at the time.

The very next year (1995) CAVE brought DonPachi to the arcades. It was the start of the series that would eventually lead to DoDonPachi Resurrection about 13 years later. Here’s a brief list of the games in the series (good for the nerd in us all)…

  • DonPachi
  • DoDonPachi
  • DoDonPachi II Bee Storm
  • DoDonPachi DaiOuJou (Blissful Death)
    • Black Label
  • DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu (Resurrection)
    • Black Label
  • Dodonpachi MAXIMUM
  • DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou

CAVE isn’t just known for the DoDonPachi series, however, they’ve put out a staggering number of bullet-hell games, and “CAVE” has practically become synonymous with “bullet-hell”. In fact, in 2010 CAVE was awarded “Most prolific developer of danmaku shooters” by Guinness World Records. Sure, CAVE has had some interesting and daring forays into genres other than bullet-hell, but they just can’t stay away from those glowing, little, candy-like bullets.CAVE initially focused on arcade games, but in time, they put games out on consoles, mobile, and PC. You may already know CAVE’s work. That’s right. In fact, as a Degica fan, there may already be a CAVE game in your library as we speak.

CAVE initially focused on arcade games, but in time, they put games out on consoles, mobile, and PC. You may already know CAVE’s work. That’s right. In fact, as a Degica fan, there may already be a CAVE game in your library as we speak. Deathsmiles? Sound familiar? How about a little game known as Mushihimesama? Mm-hmm! CAVE doesn’t mess around, and we, at Degica, are proud to bring you yet another retina-tickling shmup with DoDonPachi Resurrection!

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It’s safe to say that CAVE isn’t done yet and neither is Degica. Stay tuned!

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  • Mr. Guwange Saidaioujou December 5, 2016, 10:10 am

    Saidaioujou and Guwange (in that order) are both needed and you know it. After that, go for the entire remaining Cave library.

    Dodonpachi 2 was not developed by Cave. Thanks for the article (and shmups on steam)

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