DoDonPachi: Sai-Dai-Ou-Jou (Kan) is the fifth iteration of DoDonPachi
and the sixth in Cave's flagship series. It was issued on the 20th of April, 2012 and
was planned on being the developer's final effort in both the series and the shmup genre.
After a lukewarm reception by its hardcore fanbase to DoDonPachi: Daifukkatsu,
this game is a return to the roots. With no bullet cancelling and a
more rigorous difficulty, DDP:SDOJ is considered by some to be the ultimate DDP.
This game featured several home ports with a bevy of options and modes. Purchasable cheats added replay
value for both the veteran and novice alike.
Returning to the ideas from DOJ, elemental dolls are the characters
you'll choose from when selecting a ship. There are three characters, Shuri, Hikari and Maria and
they correlate to the standard red, green & blue ships, each with its own characteristics. Adding to
this diversity, the game features a dress system. This corresponds to shot, laser or expert. Therefore
the three characters each with three styles means there's plenty of diversity.
The true final bosses this time around were Hibachi and