Dead or Alive: Dimensions

Dead or Alive: Dimensions
Dead or Alive: Dimensions
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Developer(s) Team Ninja
Publisher(s) Tecmo Koei
Series Dead or Alive
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Release date(s) Nintendo 3DS
  • JP May 19, 2011
  • NA May 24, 2011
Genre(s) Fighting game

Dead or Alive: Dimensions is a fighting game for the Nintendo 3DS. It was announced as an official title on 15 June 2010 at E3 under the working title Dead or Alive 3D.[4] It is the 15th game in the Dead or Alive series. It will also be the first Dead or Alive game to be released on a Nintendo system. It was going to be released at launch but due to the Japan Pacific Tsunami and Earthquake on March 11, 2011, this game was pushed back by two months. It has the same engine for Dead or Alive 4, but different elements.

Dimensions has 26 playable characters, more than any previous installment in the franchise had to offer. It was released on May 19, 2011 in Japan, May 20, 2011 in Europe, May 24, 2011 in North America, and May 26, 2011 in Australia.



The story of the game is a brief version of the stories of the previous main Dead or Alive games (from 1-4).


Gameplay for Dead Or Alive: Dimensions on an Aqua Blue Nintendo 3DS. Here, the battle is displayed on the top screen, while the special fighting moves are displayed on the touch screen

On January 6, 2011, it was revealed that Dead or Alive: Dimensions will incorporate a "Chronicle Mode" feature, which acts as a story mode in the game. In Chronicle Mode, which goes through all four Dead or Alive tournaments, the player will assume the roles of various fighters from the series. It was also said that the 3DS's touch screen will be used for executing special fighting moves for his or her character, while the top screen would be used for displaying the fight.[5] Dimensions will also use the 3DS' StreetPass feature to make AI representations of the player, based on their play patterns, challenge other owners of the game.[6]

The other modes featured are "Arcade," in which the player fights for additional time; "Survival," in which the player fights until he defeats all opponents or is knocked out; "Free Play"; "Training"; "Showcase," in which the player position 3D models on a stage and takes 3D photos of them; and "3D Photo Album," in which the player views the photos taken in "Showcase" mode.[7]

According to Yosuke Hayashi of Team Ninja, Dimensions will offer a framerate of 60 frames per second with the Nintendo 3DS' 3D feature turned off. With it turned on, however, the imagery is divided by two for the players individual eyes—30 frames per second to each eye.[8]

A recent gameplay video also revealed the inclusion of a stage based on Metroid: Other M (a co-production between Team Ninja and Nintendo) with Ridley appearing as a stage hazard while Samus appears at the end of the match.[9] However, Yosuke Hayashi has confirmed that Samus will not be a playable character in the game, rather will only make a cameo appearance to help the fighters.[10][11][12]

Team Ninja has also revealed that Dimensions will have English voice overs, making it the fourth Dead or Alive game to feature it.[13] However, due to unknown reasons, most of the Japanese voices have been recast.


Dimensions features a roster of up to twenty-six playable characters.[14] The list of characters are given below, the unlockable characters being marked with an asterisk.

Name of character First appearance
Ayane Dead or Alive
Bass Armstrong Dead or Alive
Bayman Dead or Alive
Brad Wong Dead or Alive 3
Christie Dead or Alive 3
Ein Dead or Alive 2
Eliot Dead or Alive 4
Gen Fu Dead or Alive
Hayate Dead or Alive 3
Helena Douglas Dead or Alive 2
Hitomi Dead or Alive 3
Jann Lee Dead or Alive
Kasumi Dead or Alive
Kokoro Dead or Alive 4
Leifang Dead or Alive
Leon Dead or Alive 2
Lisa Hamilton/La Mariposa Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball
Ryu Hayabusa Ninja Gaiden
Tina Armstrong Dead or Alive
Zack Dead or Alive
Raidou* Dead or Alive
Kasumi Alpha* Dead or Alive 2
Bankotsubo* Dead or Alive 2
Genra* Dead or Alive 3
Alpha-152* Dead or Alive 4
Shiden* Dead or Alive


The stages from this game focuses on DOA 4 and few focuses on DOA 3 with some stages from Dead or Alive 2 and Dead or Alive Ultimate.


Dead or Alive: Dimensions was first revealed at E3 2010 on 15 June, working under the title 'Dead or Alive 3D.' It was shown with several screenshots, featuring Kasumi, Ayane, and Hayate battling Raidou, with Ryu Hayabusa hidden in shadow.[4]


 Reviews for Dead Or Alive: Dimensions
Review scores
Publication Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly 7.5/10[15]
Famitsu 36/40[16][17]
IGN 8.0[18]
Nintendo Power 9.0/10
Official Nintendo Magazine 90% 7/10[19]

Dead Or Alive: Dimensions had consistently favourable early reviews.

Nintendo Power gave the game a 9/10 rating, saying that the cutscenes were 'well-produced' and 'top-notch', also praising the 'fast and furious as ever' gameplay, but warned against the 3D effect, as well as having problems with the Tag Mode feature.[20], giving the game a 7/10, says that, in the end, 'the Street Pass feature is nice and the controls work well, but the framerate suffers online, and the Chronicle Mode is a narrative mess.'[19]

The Official Nintendo Magazine stated that it was overall a very good game, and a great alternative to Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition, even earning their Game of The Month label.[citation needed]

GameZone gave the game a 9 out of 10, stating "Loads of modes, plenty of unlockable extra goodies, and a very functional multiplayer make Dimensions a series that not only fans must buy, but any gamer with even the slightest itch for a quality portable fighting game. If you’ve been waiting for the next must-buy 3DS title, this is it, folks."[21]


Due to Swedish controversy, Dead or Alive: Dimensions is not being sold in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.[22] The concerns were raised when an internet forum user commented that three underage characters in the game could be viewed from angles that could be considered lascivious.[23]

Concerns in relation to the game also rose in Australia, when certain media outlets criticized the PG rating for the game.[24] After careful consideration, the Australian Classification Board came to the conclusion that it was not given sufficient information at the time to give it a correct classification. The game's PG rating was subsequently revoked. Nintendo has then resubmitted the game with a more detailed analysis of the game's content. The game was subsequently given the next rating after PG which was M which allows any age to still purchase the game but is recommended for a more mature audiences.[2][25][26]


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  5. ^ "News - Chronicle Mode Revealed in Dead or Alive: Dimensions". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  6. ^ by JC Fletcher on Jan 31st 2011 10:00PM (2011-01-31). "Dead or Alive: Dimensions trades 'play patterns' via StreetPass". Joystiq. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  7. ^ "DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions | Official Site | TECMO". Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  8. ^ Nelson, Randy (2011-01-11). "Dead or Alive: Dimensions lets players double framerate by turning 3D effect off". Joystiq. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  9. ^ There's a Metroid Crossover in Dead or Alive: Dimensions IGN
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  12. ^ Mike Jackson. "3DS News: Samus not playable in DOA 3DS". Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  13. ^ "DEAD OR ALIVE Dimensions | Official Site | TECMO". Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  14. ^ Nintendo Power, issue 265
  15. ^ "EGM Review - Dead or Alive: Dimensions - GameSpot Forums". 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  16. ^ "Japan Review Check: DOA Dimensions, FFIV Complete". Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  17. ^ "Nintendo Everything is brought to you by". Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  18. ^ var authorId = "183886847" by Audrey Drake (2011-05-20). "Dead or Alive Dimensions Review - Nintendo 3DS Review at IGN". Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  19. ^ a b "Dead or Alive: Dimensions Review for 3DS". Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  20. ^ Nintendo Power, issue 267 (May 2011)
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  22. ^ Hernandez, Pedro (20 May 2011). "Dead or Alive Dimensions Banned in Sweden". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 21 May 2011. "Besides Sweden, the game was also prohibited from being sold in Norway and Denmark, and the stores that offered the game are now eliminating it from their databases and returning players their money if they reserved a copy of the game." 
  23. ^ Purchese, Robert (20 May 2011). "Nordic Dead or Alive release ruined". Eurogamer. Retrieved 23 May 2011. "The case stems from a forum poster who noticed that three Dead or Alive: Dimensions characters - Kasumi, Koroke and Ayane - violated Swedish law by being under 18 and in a pornographic situation. The "pornographic" situation in this case being the Figure Mode, where the posing girls can be photographed from every angle." 
  24. ^ Moses, Asher (31 May 2011). "Nintendo 'child porn' game PG in Australia". The Age. Retrieved 5 June 2011. "It said the Classification Act provides that the Board must not reclassify a game within two years. There had been no requests to review the rating of this particular game. In its 'decision report' on the game, the Board makes no reference to concerns about child pornography." 
  25. ^ Serrels, Mark (2011-02-08). "Nintendo Blame THQ For Dead Or Alive’s Classification Issues | Kotaku Australia". Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  26. ^ Tecmo Koei. "Classification Database - DEAD OR ALIVE: DIMENSIONS (REVOKED)". Retrieved 2011-06-13. 

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