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

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 (March 1, 2019), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC. A free-to-play version was also released titled Dead or Alive 6: Core Fighters, and an Arcade version was also released on July 18, 2019.

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. Updated versions of the game were also released:
    • Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation (November 15, 2017), PC.
    • 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.
  • 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.

A series of 4-koma gags titled Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation: 4-koma Buibui promoting the game also started being published on the game's official site on November 28, 2017 and currently counts over 140 episodes. A volume collecting episodes from the site as well as some new ones was published on February 22, 2020. Shirts based on the comic also appeared within the game itself as a homage to it and as a form of cross promotion.

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 Gaiden 199611 November 1996 Ryu 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.png Monster Rancher 19980312 March 12, 1998 Lei 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.png Dragonseeds 19980930 September 30, 1998 Having a saved data of Dead or Alive unlocks the special "Shock" dragon in Dragonseeds. 3
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Deception 20000330 March 30, 2000 The 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.png Shadow Man 20000714 July 14, 2000 The European Dreamcast version of Dead or Alive 2 includes costumes for Zack and Tina based on Shadow Man characters. 2
5Arrow R.png Run Ronnie Run 20030916 September 16, 2003 The 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.png Halo 20051229 December 29, 2005 The 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.png Super Swing Golf 20061202 December 02, 2006 Kasumi'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, 2009 Ayane 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.png Queen's Blade 20100227 February 27, 2010 Kasumi from Dead or Alive received a visual gamebook for Queen's Gate. 1
4Arrow L.png Rio (Tecmo) 20100330 March 30, 2010 Rio Tachibana is a guest character in Dead or Alive Extreme Paradise. 1
4Arrow L.png Metroid 20110519 May 19, 2011 Dead or Alive: Dimensions features a stage based on Metroid: Other M which also features the appearances of Samus and Ridley. 1
4Arrow L.png Opoona 20110519 May 19, 2011 Dead 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.png My GAMECITY 20120314 March 14, 2012 Kasumi's costume is available in MyGAMECITY. 2
4Arrow L.png Virtua Fighter 20120925 September 25, 2012 Dead 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.png Samurai & Dragons 20130807 August 07, 2013 Samurai & Dragons features cards based on characters from Dead or Alive 5. 1
4Arrow L.png Ragnarok (Daewon CI) 20131022 October 22, 2013 One of Kasumi's costumes in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is a promotional outfit bearing the logo of Ragnarok Odyssey ACE. 2
4Arrow L.png Tecmo Bowl 20131105 November 05, 2013 The 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.png Fatal Frame 20140927 September 27, 2014 Ayane 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.png Senran Kagura 20150326 March 26, 2015 Ayane 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 feature DLC costume sets based on the Senran Kagura series. 1
5Arrow R.png Skullgirls 20150417 April 17, 2015 Three alternate color palettes in Skullgirls are based on Dead or Alive. 3
4Arrow L.png The Legend of Heroes 20150915 September 15, 2015 Dead 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.png Ys 20150915 September 15, 2015 Dead 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.png Brandish 20150915 September 15, 2015 Dead 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.png Popful Mail 20150915 September 15, 2015 Dead 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.png Schoolgirl Strikers 20151117 November 17, 2015 Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume set of characters from Schoolgirl Strikers. 2
4Arrow L.png Time Bokan 20160122 January 22, 2016 Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from Time Bokan as part of the "Tatsunoko Mashup" costume set. 2
4Arrow L.png Yatterman 20160122 January 22, 2016 Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from Yatterman as part of the "Tatsunoko Mashup" costume set. 2
4Arrow L.png The Genie Family 20160122 January 22, 2016 Dead 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.png The Adventures of Hutch 20160122 January 22, 2016 Dead 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.png Tekkaman 20160122 January 22, 2016 Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume of Tekkaman Blade as part of the "Tatsunoko Mashup" costume set. 2
4Arrow L.png Casshan 20160122 January 22, 2016 Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume of Casshan as part of the "Tatsunoko Mashup" costume set. 2
4Arrow L.png Hurricane Polymar 20160122 January 22, 2016 Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume of Hurricane Polymar as part of the "Tatsunoko Mashup" costume set. 2
4Arrow L.png Gold Lightan 20160122 January 22, 2016 Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume of Gold Lightan as part of the "Tatsunoko Mashup" costume set. 2
4Arrow L.png Nurse Witch Komugi 20160122 January 22, 2016 Dead 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.png Fairy Tail 20160621 June 21, 2016 Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features a DLC costume set of characters from Fairy Tail. 2
4Arrow L.png Attack on Titan 20160719 July 19, 2016 Dead 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.png Fatal Fury 20160913 September 13, 2016 Mai Shiranui from Fatal Fury is a guest character in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round and in Dead or Alive 6. 1
4Arrow L.png Keijo!!!!!!!! 20160929 September 29, 2016 Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 features DLC costumes of characters from Keijo!!!!!!!! 2
4Arrow L.png Utawarerumono 20161213 December 13, 2016 Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from Utawarerumono as part of the "Aquaplus Mashup" costume set. 2
4Arrow L.png ToHeart 20161213 December 13, 2016 Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from ToHeart as part of the "Aquaplus Mashup" costume set. 2
4Arrow L.png White Album 20161213 December 13, 2016 Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from White Album as part of the "Aquaplus Mashup" costume set. 2
4Arrow L.png Tears to Tiara 20161213 December 13, 2016 Dead 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.png Comic Party 20161213 December 13, 2016 Dead 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.png Dungeon Travelers 20161213 December 13, 2016 Dead or Alive 5 Last Round features DLC costumes of characters from Dungeon Travelers as part of the "Aquaplus Mashup" costume set. 2
4Arrow L.png Guilty Gear 20170314 March 14, 2017 Dead 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.png BlazBlue 20170314 March 14, 2017 Dead 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.png Phantasy Star 20171122 November 22, 2017 Phantasy Star Online 2 features costumes based on Dead or Alive during a special promotion. 2
4Arrow L.png Touki Denshou - Angel Eyes 20171212 December 12, 2017 The 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.png Star Force 20171212 December 12, 2017 The 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.png Rygar 20171212 December 12, 2017 The 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.png Bomb Jack 20171212 December 12, 2017 The 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.png Solomon's Key 20171212 December 12, 2017 The 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.png Tsuppari Oozumou 20171212 December 12, 2017 The 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.png Gallop Racer 20171212 December 12, 2017 The 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
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Destiny Child 20181011 October 11, 2018 Kasumi, Marie Rose, Honoka, Ayane, and Leifang appeared in Destiny Child, while cotumes from the game appeared in Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation with an in-universe reference to "Channel Evil" during special collaboration events. 1
4Arrow L.png Haruhi Suzumiya 20181105 November 05, 2018 Costumes based on Haruhi Suzumiya appeared in Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation during the Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko collaboration event. 2
4Arrow L.png Noucome 20181105 November 05, 2018 Photo studio elements from My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy appeared in Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation during the Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko collaboration event. 2
4Arrow L.png Hybrid × Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia 20181105 November 05, 2018 Photo studio elements from Hybrid × Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia appeared in Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation during the Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko collaboration event. 2
4Arrow L.png DanMachi 20190207 February 07, 2019 Costumes based on Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? appeared in Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation during a collaboration event. 2
4Arrow L.png The King of Fighters 2020618 June 18, 2020 Kula Diamond from The King of Fighters appears in Dead or Alive 6 as a DLC character; Dead or Alive 5 Last Round featured DLC costumes of characters from The King of Fighters. 1
4Arrow L.png Atelier 20200129 January 29, 2020 Dead or Alive 5 Last Round and later games in the series feature costumes based on characters from the Atelier series; in the Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation collaboration the characters are also seen performing alchemy from Atelier Ryza. 1
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Alice Gear Aegis 20200330 March 30, 2020 Kasumi and Marie Rose appear in Alice Gear Aegis, while costumes from the game with functioning weapons appeared in Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation during a collaboration event. 1
4Arrow L.png Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! 20200716 July 16, 2020 Costumes based on Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! appeared in Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation during a collaboration event. 2
5Arrow R.png Azur Lane 20201126 November 26, 2020 Characters from Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation appeared as shipgirls in Azur Lane during the collaboration event "Vacation Lane". 1
4Arrow L.png Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Koei) 20201209 December 09, 2020 Costumes based on Romance of the Three Kingdoms 14 appeared in Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation during a collaboration event. 2
5Arrow R.png Nioh 20201217 December 17, 2020 The Nioh 2 DLC "The First Samurai" includes a boss battle against Nyotengu from Dead or Alive, under the name "Ancient Nyotengu". 1
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