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Dead or Alive 2 (Dreamcast)

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Dead or Alive 2

Developer: Team Ninja
Publishers: Tecmo (US), Acclaim Entertainment (EU)
Platforms: Dreamcast
Released in JP: September 28, 2000
Released in US: February 29, 2000
Released in EU: July 14, 2000


RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
BonusIcon.png This game has hidden bonus content.


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Dead or Alive 2 features an in-depth fighting game engine, intense tag battles, breakable multi-tiered stages... and, of course, a rather jiggly physics engine.

Regional Differences

There are a number of differences for each region of the game's release. Because the series was also being ported to PS2 at the time, Team Ninja continued to add and share content between versions for each new release.

Much of the info for this section comes from the DOA Wikia, and the DOA2 Differences Page archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20110709130754/http://alex-in-wonderland.com/VideoGames/DeadOrAlive/DOA2Home.html

USA Release

The Dreamcast port was first released in North America on February 29, 2000. It was based on the NAOMI arcade "Millennium update" version, but added Versus and Sparring modes, as well as Team Battle Mode. There are no unlockables in the US release. There are 33 costumes spread across all characters in this version.

Intro Movie

Somewhat famously, the original intro for DOA2 featured a "cloning" scene where a nude Kasumi floats in a blob of yellow jelly. This is usually hidden; however, it can be unlocked. Set the "age" in Options to at least 21, then achieve a top-10 score in Survival. Enter your name as "REALDEMO". This will replace the cutscene of Tengu in the church tower to the uncensored version during the intro.

European Release

The European Dreamcast version was released on July 14, 2000. This version included the costumes from the first Japanese PlayStation 2 version, bringing the total to 48. No new stages were added in this release. The list of new costumes added are:

  • Ayane
    • Purple shinobi shōzoku.
    • Western-style Winter school uniform.
    • Dressed Millennia from Kagero: Deception II.
  • Bass
    • Black singlet with lightning bolts.
  • Ein
    • Red pants, black gloves.
  • Lei Fang
    • Cream-and-red shirt with floral pattern, matching pants (EU only).
  • Gen Fu
    • Green Mao suit.
  • Helena
    • Dressed as Reina from Deception III: Dark Delusion.
  • Jann Lee
    • Red-and-white jacket with a black shirt, black-and-white pants.
    • Shirtless with blue-and-white pants.
  • Kasumi
    • Black shinobi shōzoku.
    • Winter school uniform, navy blue coat and yellow scarf.
  • Leon
    • Red trench coat, black shirt and beige pants.
  • Ryu Hayabusa
    • Blue shinobi shōzoku, mask and balaclava.
  • Tina
    • Leather bodysuit with cat tail and cat ears.
    • Dressed as love interest from the Shadowman series.
  • Zack
    • Chrome alien costume bodysuit with antenna.
    • Dressed as Michael LeRoi (Shadow Man) from the Shadow Man video game.

Japan Release

The Japanese Dreamcast version (also known as the Limited Edition) was released on September 28, 2000. The only difference between the JP "standard" and "limited" editions was a different cover art: LE featured only Kasumi and Ayane, while the standard version was different and showed Kasumi, Ayane and Leifang.

Two new characters were added in the Japanese release: Tengu ("Bankotsubo") and Bayman were now unlockable, playable in all but Story Mode. The new stages from the PlayStation 2 version were not included, however new versions of two stages from the original Dead or Alive were introduced. This version also added Sparring mode for Tag Battle, Watch Mode, the User Profile System, online play, more costumes to unlock, and a Gallery Mode with character renders. In total, 71 costumes are available in this version.

New characters in JP release:

  • Tengu
  • Bayman

New costumes added in the JP release are:

  • Ayane
    • Halterneck leotard, a pair of pantyhose, and high heeled boots.
  • Bass
    • Black briefs with a metal jockstrap, belt, and suspenders that have feathers.
  • Ein
    • White shirt and leather pants.
    • Karategi with a black belt.
  • Lei Fang
    • Blue-and-red shirt with a gold flower pattern, matching pants.
    • Leather dress with slits down both sides, garter stockings, and boots.
  • Gen Fu
    • Brown-and-red tunic with a red sash, grey sweater and pants.
    • White-and-gold tunic with matching sweater and pants.
    • Grey-and-gold tunic with matching sweater and pants.
  • Helena
    • Grey-and-gold dress with slits, pantyhose, and grey boots.
    • Yellow shirt with purple pants, leather boots.
    • Grey-and-red catsuit with a grey vest, matching sleeves, leather boots.
  • Jann Lee
    • Black suit with a red shirt, necktie, and a pair of formal shoes.
  • Kasumi
    • Dressed as a princess - white-and-gold leotard, white stockings.
  • Leon
    • Black tank top with red pants, a pair of boots, and sunglasses.
  • Ryu Hayabusa
    • Green shinobi shōzoku with matching armor, mask and balaclava.
    • Maroon shinobi shōzoku with yellow vest, mask and balaclava.
  • Tina
    • Blue sports bra, spandex shorts, and white gloves with the initials "DWA".
    • Leather leotard with ribbon, matching boots, a pair of pantyhose, feathers.
  • Zack
    • Neon yellow vest with denim shorts, yellow-and-black boots, shaved head.

New stages added in the JP release:

  • Burai Zenin (Gen Fu's stage from Dead or Alive).
  • L's Castle (Lei Fang's stage from Dead or Alive).

Changed stages in the JP release:

  • Extra stage break in "The White Storm".
  • New stage break added to "The Aerial Garden".
  • Extra stage breaks added to "The Dragon Hills".

Dialog changed in the US to JP release (English subtitles):

  • Zack
    • "Forget this fight, and let's go down the line" -> "Forget this fight, and let's go on a date"
    • "Look at your face" -> "Why don't you look at yourself in the mirror"
  • Jann-Lee
    • added "Shut up!!!"
  • Ein
    • added "My wound aches..."
  • Helena
    • added "Don't you think this is too secular for a master?"
  • Bass
    • "Grow up to be a gentle woman" -> "Grow up to be a lady"

Cinematic Changes (Story Mode):

  • The battle between Lei Fang and Tina always takes place in L's Castle.
  • The US Dreamcast version does not have story matches or cinemas for Gen-Fu vs. Leon, Helena vs. Gen-Fu, Zack vs. Bass, and Jann-Lee vs. Hayabusa. These were all added in JP release, with corresponding stage selections.
  • Added a cinema of Jann-Lee extinguishing the candles.

Miscellaneous Changes

  • Kasumi's default hairstyle was changed from a low braid to a high ponytail.
  • Default intro movie is now always the uncensored version.
  • Additional tag team moves.

Bonus Folder

Inserting the GD-ROM in a PC reveals a computer-readable segment containing a folder called "BONUS". Inside are 1280×960 wallpaper images for the female characters in the game.

The EU gallery has five images, the US version adds an additional three.

The JP gallery is completely different and has five images.

Additionally, like many Dreamcast games, there are a set of text files in the root of the PC-readable segment.

abstract.txt

DEAD OR ALIVE 2

bibliogr.txt

ORIGINAL GAME DEAD OR ALIVE 2

copyrigh.txt

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