Runs on the "Taito F2 System" Hardware. It used a graphics extension on the board, the so called Taito F2 Expanded System.
Board Number: K11E0714A
Prom Stickers: D28
Screen Orientation: Horizontal
Control: 8-Way Joystick
=> Fire Weapon, Dive Roll
Dead Connection was released in July 1992.
This game was unpopular in Japan because the Mafia theme was not proper to Japanese gamers. A very few boards were released in Japan.
This game seems to take specific inspiration from the the 1987 mobster film 'The Untouchables'. Two of the main characters bear an uncanny resemblance to Kevin Costner and Andy Garcia who both starred in that film.
See goodies section.