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Dead or Alive is a 3D fighting game series by Team Ninja and Tecmo.

DOA5 Kasumi Render

Kasumi, the main character of the series, as she appears in Dead or Alive 5.

Video Games

Main games and updates

  • Dead or Alive (November 1996), Arcade. Later released for Sega Saturn and PlayStation, including some new content. It received an update:
    • Dead or Alive++ (October 16, 1998), Arcade. Including all content from the PlayStation game and some new mechanics.
  • Dead or Alive 2 (October 16, 1999), Arcade. It received some updates:
    • Dead or Alive 2 Millennium (January, 2000), Arcade. This version was released for Dreamcast and PlayStation 2, including some new content. The Japanese Dreamcast version is titled Dead or Alive 2: Limited Edition.
    • Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore (October 26, 2000), PlayStation 2. The Japanese version, called Dead or Alive 2: Hard*core, features some minor additions.
  • Dead or Alive 3 (November 15, 2001), Xbox.
  • Dead or Alive Ultimate (October 26, 2004), Xbox. A compilation including a port of the Sega Saturn version of the first game, here retitled Dead or Alive 1 Ultimate and a remake of the second game, titled Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate.
  • Dead or Alive 4 (December 29, 2005), Xbox 360.
  • Dead or Alive: Dimensions (May 19, 2011), Nintendo 3DS. Based on the engine from Dead or Alive 4, it retells the events of the entire series from Kasumi's perspective.
  • Dead or Alive 5 (September 25, 2012), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC. It received some updates:
    • Dead or Alive 5+ (March 19, 2013), PlayStation Vita.
    • Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (September 3, 2013), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. A free-to-play version titled Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Core Fighters was released alongside the main game, while an arcade version, titled Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade was released on December 24, 2013.
    • Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (February 17, 2015), PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC. A free-to-play version titled Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters was released alongside the main game
  • Dead or Alive 6 (2019), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC.

A PC game based on Dead or Alive Ultimate, titled Dead or Alive Online was shown at the 2008 Tokyo Game Show and only released in open beta in December 2008; all servers closed on January 9, 2010, without the game ever receiving a proper release.

Minor games

  • Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (January 22, 2003), Xbox.
  • Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 (November 13, 2006), Xbox 360. It received a portable verion, featuring new content:
    • Dead or Alive Paradise (March 30, 2010), PlayStation Portable and Vita; a mobile version was also released only in Japan.
  • Girls of DOA BlackJack - the Kasumi version (June 10, 2009), iOS. Game was removed from the App store in February 2010, and no version featuring other characters was ever released.
  • Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Fortune and Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Venus (March 24, 2016), two versions of the same game, released for PlayStation 4 and Vita, respectively. An updated version of the game was also released:
    • Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Scarlet (March 20, 2019), PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch.
  • Dead or Alive 5 (July 2016), Pachinko.
  • Dead or Alive 5 Infinite (August 2017), iOS, Android. Turn-based, team fighting game only released in China.
  • Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation (November 15, 2017), PC.
  • CR Dead or Alive Xtreme (June 20, 2018), Pachinko.

Other media

Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, a manga based on the game was released in 2003, volume 1 on April 25, and volume 2 on July 18.

DOA: Dead or Alive, a live action movie based on the series was released on September 7, 2006.

Merchandise

Various merchandise items based on the series were released, including various figurines based on the girls from the series, a 10th Anniversary 2007 Calendar and swimsuits based on those from Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball.

Sub-series

Dead Or Alive Xtreme is a sub-series focused mostly on beach-themed games featuring the series' female cast.

Links to other series

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Ninja Gaiden199611 November 1996Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden is a recurring character in the Dead or Alive series, while Muramasa appears in Dead or Alive 4 and 5, Irene Lew appears in Dead or Alive Dimensions, and Momiji and Rachel appear in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate. Ayane is a recurring character in the modern Ninja Gaiden series, Kasumi is selectable in Ninja Gaiden III: Razor's Edge and several characters from Dead or Alive appear as cards in Ninja Gaiden Clans.1


4Arrow L Monster Rancher19980312 March 12, 1998Lei Fang in the PlayStation version of Dead or Alive has a costume based on the pixie from Monster Rancher, while toys of "Suezo" and "False Suezo" can be found in the Survival Mode from Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore and the "Tecmo 50th Anniversary DLC" pack for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features various costumes based on Monster Rancher; additionally a Pixie-breed monster based on Kasumi from Dead or Alive appears in several Monster Rancher games and another based on Ayame appears on Monster Rancher Advanced 2.2


5Arrow R Dragonseeds19980930 September 30, 1998Having a saved data of Dead or Alive unlocks the special "Shock" dragon in Dragonseeds.3


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Deception20000330 March 30, 2000The PlayStation 2 version of Dead or Alive 2 includes costumes for Ayane and Helena based respectively on Millennia from Kagero: Deception II and Reina from Deception III: Dark Delusion, while Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume set of characters from the series, and also a costume for Helena including a shirt with the Kagero: Deception II logo. The "Butterfly Costume" in Deception IV: Blood Ties is based on Ayane.2


4Arrow L Shadow Man20000714 July 14, 2000The European Dreamcast version of Dead or Alive 2 includes costumes for Zack and Tina based on Shadow Man characters.2


5Arrow R Run Ronnie Run20030916 September 16, 2003The main character in the 2003 film Run Ronnie Run is seen playing Dead or Alive 2, and later performs some of Kasumi's moves.2


4Arrow L Halo20051229 December 29, 2005The character SPARTAN-458 in Dead or Alive 4 is a SPARTAN-II supersoldier from the Halo series; her stage, called Nassau Station, is also from the series.1


5Arrow R Super Swing Golf20061202 December 02, 2006Kasumi's costume is an unlockable outfit in Super Swing Golf and Super Swing Golf: Season 2, Ayane's costume is unlockable in Season 2.2


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Warriors (Koei)20090226 February 26, 2009Ayane is a guest character in Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce, where her weapons are selectable, and she's playable in Dynasty Warriors Vs. and Warriors Orochi 3, while Kasumi is playable in Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate; Naotora Li from Samurai Warriors is a guest character in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, which also features a DLC costume set of characters from the series; Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate features a costume set based on characters from Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate; Warriors All-Stars features Kasumi, Marie Rose and Honoka as playable characters.1


5Arrow R Queen's Gate20100227 February 27, 2010Kasumi from Dead or Alive received a visual gamebook for Queen's Gate.1


4Arrow L Rio (Tecmo)20100330 March 30, 2010Rio Tachibana is a guest character in Dead or Alive Extreme Paradise.1


4Arrow L Metroid20110519 May 19, 2011Dead or Alive: Dimensions features a stage based on Metroid: Other M which also features the appearances of Samus and Ridley.1


4Arrow L Opoona20110519 May 19, 2011Dead or Alive: Dimensions and Dead or Alive 5 Last Round feature a costume is based on Opoona for Zack and Marie Rose, respectively.2


5Arrow R My GAMECITY20120314 March 14, 2012Kasumi's costume is available in MyGAMECITY.2


4Arrow L Virtua Fighter20120925 September 25, 2012Dead or Alive 5 features Akira, Sarah and Pai Chan from Virtua Fighter as playable characters, while Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate adds Jacky as another playable character.1


5Arrow R Samurai & Dragons20130807 August 07, 2013Samurai & Dragons features cards based on characters from Dead or Alive 5.1


4Arrow L Ragnarok20131022 October 22, 2013One of Kasumi's costumes in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is a promotional outfit bearing the logo of Ragnarok Odyssey ACE.2


4Arrow L Tecmo Bowl20131105 November 05, 2013The Sports Gear DLC pack for Dead or Alive Ultimate and the Tecmo 50th Anniversary DLC pack for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round include costumes based on Tecmo Bowl.2


5Arrow R Fatal Frame20140927 September 27, 2014Ayane from Dead or Alive is a bonus playable character in Zero: Nuregarasu no Miko. Costumes based on Kasumi and Ayane from the Dead or Alive series are unlockable in Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly - Director's Cut.1


5Arrow R Senran Kagura20150326 March 26, 2015Ayane from Dead or Alive is a DLC character in Senran Kagura Estival Versus, while Honoka, Marie Rose and Ayane are DLCs in Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash. Dead or Alive 5 Last Round and Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 features DLC costume sets based on the Senran Kagura series.1


5Arrow R Skullgirls20150417 April 17, 2015Three alternate color palettes in Skullgirls are based on Dead or Alive.3


4Arrow L The Legend of Heroes20150915 September 15, 2015Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from Trails in the Sky and Trails of the Cold Steel as part of the "Falcom Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L Ys20150915 September 15, 2015Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from the Ys series as part of the "Falcom Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L Brandish20150915 September 15, 2015Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume of Dela Delon from Brandish as part of the "Falcom Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L Popful Mail20150915 September 15, 2015Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume of Mail from Popful Mail as part of the "Falcom Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L Schoolgirl Strikers20151117 November 17, 2015Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume set of characters from Schoolgirl Strikers.2


4Arrow L Time Bokan20160122 January 22, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from Time Bokan as part of the "Tatsunoko Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L Yatterman20160122 January 22, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from Yatterman as part of the "Tatsunoko Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L The Genie Family20160122 January 22, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of Hakushon Daimaoh and Akubi from The Genie Family as part of the "Tatsunoko Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L The Adventures of Hutch20160122 January 22, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume of Hutch the honey bee as part of the "Tatsunoko Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L Tekkaman20160122 January 22, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume of Tekkaman Blade as part of the "Tatsunoko Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L Casshan20160122 January 22, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume of Casshan as part of the "Tatsunoko Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L Hurricane Polymar20160122 January 22, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume of Hurricane Polymar as part of the "Tatsunoko Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L Gold Lightan20160122 January 22, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume of Gold Lightan as part of the "Tatsunoko Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L Nurse Witch Komugi20160122 January 22, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume set of Komugi and Cocona from Nurse Witch Komugi as part of the "Tatsunoko Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L Atelier20160524 May 24, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume set of characters from the Atelier series.2


4Arrow L Fairy Tail20160621 June 21, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume set of characters from Fairy Tail.2


4Arrow L Attack on Titan20160719 July 19, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume set of characters from Attack on Titan and a stage featuring the eponymous titans.1


4Arrow L The King of Fighters20160913 September 13, 2016Mai Shiranui from The King of Fighters is a guest character in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round; the game also features a DLC costume set of characters from the series.1


4Arrow L Keijo!!!!!!!!20160929 September 29, 2016Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 features DLC costumes of characters from Keijo!!!!!!!!2


4Arrow L Utawarerumono20161213 December 13, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from Utawarerumono as part of the "Aquaplus Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L ToHeart20161213 December 13, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from ToHeart as part of the "Aquaplus Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L White Album20161213 December 13, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from White Album as part of the "Aquaplus Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L Tears to Tiara20161213 December 13, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from Tears to Tiara as part of the "Aquaplus Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L Comic Party20161213 December 13, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume of Mizuki Takase from Comic Party as part of the "Aquaplus Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L Dungeon Travelers20161213 December 13, 2016Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from Dungeon Travelers as part of the "Aquaplus Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L Guilty Gear20170314 March 14, 2017Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from Guilty Gear as part of the "Arc System Works Mashup" costume set.2


4Arrow L BlazBlue20170314 March 14, 2017Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from BlazBlue as part of the "Arc System Works Mashup" costume set.2


5Arrow R Phantasy Star20171122 November 22, 2017Phantasy Star Online 2 features costumes based on Dead or Alive during a special promotion.2


4Arrow L Touki Denshou - Angel Eyes20171212 December 12, 2017The Tecmo 50th Anniversary DLC pack for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round includes a costume for Tina featuring a shirt with the Touki Denshou - Angel Eyes logo.2


4Arrow L Star Force20171212 December 12, 2017The Tecmo 50th Anniversary DLC pack for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round includes a costume for Christie featuring a shirt with the Star Force logo.2


4Arrow L Rygar20171212 December 12, 2017The Tecmo 50th Anniversary DLC pack for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round includes a costume for Hayate featuring a shirt with art from Rygar.2


4Arrow L Bomb Jack20171212 December 12, 2017The Tecmo 50th Anniversary DLC pack for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round includes a costume for Zack featuring a shirt themed after Bomb Jack.2


4Arrow L Solomon's Key20171212 December 12, 2017The Tecmo 50th Anniversary DLC pack for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round includes a costume for Zack featuring a shirt themed after Solomon's Key.2


4Arrow L Tsuppari Oozumou20171212 December 12, 2017The Tecmo 50th Anniversary DLC pack for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round includes costumes for Bass Armstrong, Bayman and Leon based on rikishi from Tsuppari Oozumou.2


4Arrow L Gallop Racer20171212 December 12, 2017The Tecmo 50th Anniversary DLC pack for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round includes a costume for Gen Fu featuring a shirt themed after Gallop Racer.2


5Arrow R Destiny Child20181011 October 11, 2018Kasumi, Marie Rose and Honoka appeared in Destiny Child, while costumes from the game appeared in Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation during a collaboration event.1