What is Dead or Alive?
Dead or Alive is a 3D fighting game created by Tomonobu Itagaki and developed by Team Ninja. Dead or Alive is consider sexualizing female characters and complex mechanics. Here is a brief history of how Dead or Alive is made from the ground up. Tomonobu Itagaki made a wager with the head of the company of Temco. Itagaki vowed to make a video game that would players would enjoy. He named the series Dead or Alive to demonstrate the series will fail or succeed. He made a group called Team Ninja to help Itagaki develop the game. The main inspirations for Dead or Alive was Virtua Fighter (which some characters appear in DOA5), Mortal Kombat and Fatal Fury (Mai also appear in DOA5). Known for fast gameplay and knocking opponents off multi-level stages.
Itagaki explain about DOA “I want people to remember DOA as a game that was very aggressive and combative. As to […] how it contributed to the fighting genre – I look at it as something similar to how sushi was released in this country and became mainstream”. He wanted the game to be its own fighting game. Featuring characters with variations of fighting styles and core mechanics. There is another game which is canon to the DOA series called Ninja Gaiden. Ryu Hayabusa, Moniji and Rachel crossover in Dead or Alive series. Kasumi and Ayame appear in the Ninja Gaiden franchise as well. DOA got spinoffs such as Volleyball and Xtreme. These games are majority female characters from the series no males.