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Darius is a series of horizontally-side-scrolling shooter video games, released by Taito. When it started, its primary difference from other top first-generation scrolling shooters, such as R-Type and Gradius, was the ability to select different levels on the way to the final areas. The primary villains are mostly large fish or crustacean in form.



  • Darius, Arcade (1986)
  • Darius II, Arcade (1988)
  • Darius+, Atari ST, Amiga (1989)
  • Darius Plus, PC Engine (1990)
  • Darius Alpha, PC Engine (1990)
  • Super Darius, PC Engine CD (1990)
  • Darius II / Sagaia, Sega Genesis (1991)
  • Sagaia, Gameboy (1991)
  • Darius Twin, SNES (1991)
  • Sagaia, Sega Master System (1992)
  • Super Darius 2, PC Engine CD (1993)
  • Darius Force / Super Nova, SNES (1993)
  • Darius 2, Sega Saturn (1995)
  • Darius Gaiden, Arcade (1994), Playstaion, Sega Saturn (1996), PC (1998)
  • G-Darius, Arcade (1997), Playstation (1998), PC (2001)
  • Darius-R, Game Boy Advance (2001)
  • Darius Burst, PSP (2009)


The Edge released Darius+, presumably a port of Darius Plus to various home PCs in the early 90s. It bears little or no resemblance to the original game, as it was completely redone by The Edge and only has five different bosses and of which one is a small version of another boss. It has been described as the "poor man's R-Type" by one gaming magazine.

Darius Plus

An expanded port of the original Darius for the NEC SuperGrafx. The game retained the music of the arcade game, and included several new bosses.

Darius Alpha

Darius Alpha, a "boss fest" version of Darius Plus, is one of the rarest PC Engine games - only 800 copies were made. [1]

Super Darius

Released for the PC Engine CD and developed by NEC Avenue, had an original boss for every stage (the first game to do so).

Sagaia (Game Boy)

Released for the Game Boy in 1991, this is a mix of the original Darius and Darius II with a few new bosses. The stage layout is also completely linear- the only Darius to be so.

Darius II/Sagaia (Sega Genesis)

Released for the Sega Genesis in the early 90's, this is a port of the original Darius II with a new exclusive boss called Nehonojia. Except for Nehonojia, the stage layout and all other bosses and captains are the same as Darius II.

Super Darius II

A port of Darius II for the PC Engine CD, also developed by NEC Avenue. A somewhat rare game, it features several new bosses and a hard-rock remix of the original soundtrack.

Darius R

Released in 2001 for the Game Boy Advance and developed by PCCW. This is mostly a watered-down version of Darius Plus, with fewer stages and fewer bosses. The game also has a score attack feature - individual stages can be played, which can be useful to practice destroying bosses. Most interestingly, the music of the game is a mixture of music from the previous Darius games, with two new tracks added.

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