News Archive

November 2010

The cover art for the upcoming Nintendo DS fighting game, Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden, has made its way online:

A few sites are reporting that the upcoming arcade game ZENKAI Battle Royale will run on Namco’s own PS3-based System 357 hardware (similar to how Super Dragon Ball Z ran on the PS2-based System 246 hardware), meaning an eventual home port is more likely. The game’s official website has also revealed that it will be on-location for testing from December 10th to 12th (almost all day long at each) at Namco Land Umeda in Osaka, Namco Nakano in Tokyo, and Wonderpark Hakuta in Fukuoka. Even more exciting is the news (by way of Shoryuken) that the game is indeed Internet-based and will run with the GGPO netcode to handle latency and communication.

ZENKAI Battle Royale just gets more and more interesting, so stay tuned for even more information after its test run!

Those of you who look forward to our regular “Manga Review of Awesomeness” segment are in for a treat, as we are finally back on schedule and starting up the final major story arc of the series! After a seven-year time skip, the Earth has returned to peace, characters have grown up, new ones are introduced, and we get some quality down-time with the cast. Jeff joins us for the topic, while KaiserNeko stops by to talk up all of the recent news with us. Download the show now, or head on over to the podcast page for more information or to subscribe.

Episode #0240! VegettoEX, Meri, and Jeff dive into Volume 36 in our “Manga Review of Awesomeness”. The final story arc has begun and Toriyama has aged up the cast, introduced new characters, and brought things back to a comedic tone. Was this the last and most obvious direction to take the series, and does a little down-time do a story good? KaiserNeko of TeamFourStar also stops by to talk about the month’s biggest news, including “DragonBall SD”, two new video games on the horizon, and much more!


VegettoEX2:51 PM ESTNews

Following up on their website for ZENKAI Battle Royale from just a few days ago, Namco-Bandai has just opened up the official website for next February’s DS fighting game, Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden:

There are a couple screen shots of the game seen before in Jump, but we are probably only just getting going with the information overload. If the opening page is any indication, the game will span the length of the full, original Dragon Ball Z series.

VegettoEX11:59 AM ESTNews

This past weekend’s episode 82 of Dragon Ball Kai featured a new insert song: “Tatta Hitori no Senshi” (“The Lone Warrior”), performed by Takeshi Kusao, who happens to be the voice actor of Trunks. The song recently appeared on the new album Dragon Ball Kai Soundtrack III & Songs, though there was no hint that it would eventually end up in the show — while many vocal songs from the first Dragon Ball Kai Song Collection ended up being used in the show, just as many remained image songs relegated to disc-only status.

The song played during Trunks’ fight with Cell after powering up to the third stage of the standard Super Saiyan form. Incidentally, the title “Tatta Hitori no Senshi” was originally used as the title for the special chapter in the manga showcasing Trunks and his future timeline.

The last insert songs to be used in Kai were back in episode 41 when both “Saiyan Blood” and “Super Ultra Dragon Soul” were used. Trunks is no stranger to insert songs, though, previously having both “Battle Point Unlimited” (episode 120) and “Mind Power …Ki…” (episode 139) associated with him in the original version of the Dragon Ball Z TV series.

Check out our review of Soundtrack III & Songs back on Episode #0237 of our podcast. For a little extra Trunks commentary, we reviewed and compared the manga and TV versions of the Trunks special back on Episode #0213 of our podcast.

The confirmations are just coming one after another! After hearing about two new trademarks filed in Japan last week, more solid bits of information on Namco-Bandai’s latest Dragon Ball video games are coming in quick succession.

In addition to Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden coming on the Nintendo DS in February, we have Dragon Ball: ZENKAI Battle Royale, interestingly enough coming as an arcade game. Namco-Bandai has recently launched its official website, which includes a trailer and first-look at the game:

It appears to be a four-player fighting game played via networked arcade cabinets. The playable characters shown so far are Goku, Vegeta, Kuririn, Piccolo, Freeza (final form), and #16.

The graphics, more “realistic” in nature, look very different from anything we have seen before with the franchise. Players can fly and bounce around the map behind rocks, under water, and can seemingly team up with other players to take out one of the other opponents.

After a brief run of traditional 2D fighting games in 1993 and 1994, as well as Sega’s first-person V.R.V.S. (which spawned the original character “Ozotto”, discussed in the most recent podcast episode), the franchise stuck with console games for several years.

Game developer Dimps, responsible for the Dragon Ball Z / Budokai series on the PS2 and Gamecube, expanded into the arcade realm with Data Carddass-based games such as Bakuretsu Impact and Dragon Battlers this past decade. In the meantime, the only other traditional fighting game to hit arcades was Craft and Meister’s 2005 release of Super Dragon Ball Z, which was ported to the PS2 (in all territories) the following year.

It remains to be seen if ZENKAI Battle Royale will ultimately hit home consoles, but if it is not card-based in any way (the new website does not have any Carddass branding), it may very well be likely. This is another one we will certainly keep our eye on, and hopefully get some local reports about upon its release!

Earlier this week, we reported news from Siliconera that Namco-Bandai had trademarked two new video game titles that potentially had something to do with the Dragon Ball franchise, including one called “Ultimate Butōden” (アルティメット武闘伝).

A Japanese Tales fansite/blog is reporting that an upcoming magazine will reveal Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden as a fighting game for the Nintendo DS game set for release rather soon 03 February 2011 for the standard price of ¥5040.

UPDATE: Jump pages are starting to float out there, confirming everything we have been reading so far:

We know that Namco-Bandai is working on a game for the 3DS, but if this news is true, it will be the first (and possibly last?) fighting game for the regular Nintendo DS since 2005’s Bukū Ressen (released stateside as Super Sonic Warriors 2). While the PSP has exclusively seen fighting games (four in total), the library of DS games has included traditional role playing, action/adventure, fighting, and more.

This would be the second game to receive the Kai branding in Japan — the first was Dragon Ball Kai: Saiya-jin Raishū (also for the Nintendo DS), released stateside as Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans last year.

Thanks to Marc for the tip.

VegettoEX11:20 AM ESTNews

Raging Blast 2 was released in Japan 11 November 2010, which means that we now have some first-week sales figures for the game. It managed to grab the number-two spot this past week, selling 47,610 copies on the PS3 (the Xbox 360 version does not appear anywhere within the top twenty performing titles).

There are a couple different ways to look at this story, though.

Sure, it was the second-best-selling game of the week in Japan, coming in only after the Tactics Ogre PSP re-release. On the other hand, it sold over 10,000 less copies than the first Raging Blast sold one year prior (57,972 copies, all also on the PS3), despite a significant upgrade in many areas, as well as including Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans as a viewable feature.

About a week ago, Shueisha announced plans to release a new magazine called Saikyō Jump. At the time, this news had nothing to do with our favorite franchise — other series were receiving spin-offs from new artists (including One Piece), but Dragon Ball was not listed.

Well, things have changed — we are getting one, too!

The new Dragon Ball SD spin-off series will be in color and will be created for the magazine by Naho Ooishi, who previously did the two-part manga adaptation of the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour Special. There is no word yet on whether or not this will be a one-shot or an on-going series.

Saikyō Jump debuts in Japan 03 December 2010, so we can expect all sorts of new information very soon. Coincidentally, December 3rd will be the manga’s 26th anniversary — the first chapter of Dragon Ball debuted in 1984’s Weekly Shōnen Jump #51 on that day. Very exciting news, folks!

Thanks to Liam for being the first to send this in, and everyone talking about it on our forum for some extra tidbits!

VegettoEX4:04 PM ESTNews

Despite a re-release of the first Dragon Ball movie coming at the end of December, a new four-pack of Dragon Ball movies is due for 08 February 2011. Presumably consisting of the three original Dragon Ball movies and the franchise’s 10th anniversary movie (another re-telling of the early story combined with the Red Ribbon arc), this “remastered” pack will retail for $34.98, and is being solicited as two discs (two movies per disc, perhaps?).

The bilingual discs will of course include the original Japanese language track. There is no word yet on whether the second and third movies will be receiving an updated dub; both were recorded before FUNimation returned to dub the entirety of the Dragon Ball TV series (the second movie was actually the first thing FUNimation recorded in-house before even picking up production on “season three” of the Dragon Ball Z TV series in 1999).

UPDATE: Our buddy Marc notes for us that an upcoming trailer for the set showcases the set as indeed containing the expect four Dragon Ball movies, and will include the original dubs for the three movies previously released uncut.

A three-pack (sans the first movie) was released back in 2005 (itself re-released again in 2008 as a thin-pack), and was the first time that the second movie was available uncut and in Japanese in North America.

Additionally, we already had the third volume of Kai on-schedule for release this December, and now FUNimation has updated with a release date for the fourth set. “Part 4” (containing episodes 40-52, right before the end of the Freeza story arc) will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in North America on 08 March 2011 for the standard MSRPs of $54.98 and $49.98, respectively.