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Databook Guide

Game Guides


Over the years, there have been numerous Dragon Ball video games released in Japan across several platforms, and in various genres. In most cases, Shueisha also released a corresponding game and/or strategy guide book for these video games containing walkthroughs, character and item information, and the game’s general backstory. The first few of these video game guide books were released by Jump Comics, but would eventually go on to be released by V-Jump, Shueisha’s video games based magazine created in early 1993. In addition to video games, Shueisha has also released guide books for the various “Collectible Card Games” (CCG) available in arcades throughout Japan over the years.

The first few game guides were listed in Daizenshuu 7, which was released on 25 February 1996, but for some reason the “Dragon Ball: The Great Demon King’s Revival” and “Dragon Ball Z: The Super Saiya Legend” guides were omitted. Fortunately, we’ve documented all of these game guides for you right here, which are organized as follows:

Jump Comics Selection

The first Dragon Ball game related books were released under the “Jump Comics Selection”, the same sub-section of Jump that released the “Film Animation Comics”. The majority of the game guides listed under this section are for video games from the Nintendo Famicom system, although the last two are from the Super Famicom system. Over half of the illustrations featured on these game guide covers were actually drawn by Akira Toriyama, although almost all of them were originally drawn for Weekly Jump and not specifically for these guides. These guides also came with fold-out posters, some of which were also drawn by Toriyama. Following these eight game guides, all subsequent guides were released by Shueisha’s video games based magazine V-Jump.


JAN 4-8342-1053-7

Dragon Ball: The Mystery of Shenlong

Softcover | JIS B6 (12.8 × 18.2 cm)
Released: 15 December 1986
Retail: ¥360
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

JAN 4-8342-1069-3

Dragon Ball: The Great Demon King’s Revival

Softcover | JIS B6 (12.8 × 18.2 cm)
Released: 15 August 1988
Retail: ¥390
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

JAN 4-8342-1017-0

Dragon Ball Z: Assault! The Saiyans

Softcover | JIS B6 (12.8 × 18.2 cm)
Released: 05 November 1990
Retail: ¥450
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

JAN 4-8342-1018-9

Dragon Ball Z: Complete Book of Carddass Secrets

Softcover | JIS B6 (12.8 × 18.2 cm)
Released: 15 April 1991
Retail: ¥500
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

JAN 4-8342-1020-2

Dragon Ball Z II: The Violent God, Freeza!!

Softcover | JIS B6 (12.8 × 18.2 cm)
Released: 12 August 1991
Retail: ¥500
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

JAN 4-8342-1142-8

Dragon Ball Z: The Super Saiya Legend

Softcover | JIS B6 (12.8 × 18.2 cm)
Released: 10 February 1992
Retail: ¥500
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

JAN 4-8342-1143-6

Dragon Ball Z III: A Violent Battle With the Artificial Humans

Softcover | JIS B6 (12.8 × 18.2 cm)
Released: 15 August 1992
Retail: ¥500
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

JAN 4-8342-1146-0

Dragon Ball Z: Super Martial Legend

Softcover | JIS B6 (12.8 × 18.2 cm)
Released: 24 March 1993
Retail: ¥500
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

V-Jump Books

In early 1993, Shueisha launched the new monthly magazine V-Jump which would cover Jump-related video games, such as Dragon Quest, Dragon Ball, Yu-Gi-Oh, One Piece, and Digimon. As part of this decision, Shueisha discontinued publishing game guide books under the “Jump Comics Selection” line, and instead began publishing them under the “V-Jump Books Game Series” line. Most, but not all, of the books come with fold-out posters, although none were drawn by Toriyama. It should also be noted that not every video game released has received a game guide, but the majority have. The contents of each guide varries depending on its respective game, but the majority contain a game walkthrough, character data, and supplemental game information.

The sixth game guide released by V-Jump on 17 October 1997 covers the last three video games released in the 1990s before the series’ revival in 2002. These games include “Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension”, “Dragon Ball Z: The Grand Legend of Dragon Ball”, and “Dragon Ball: Final Bout”.


JAN 1067301021003

Dragon Ball Z Side Story: The Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 14 September 1993
Retail: ¥1,000
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

JAN 1067301061009

Dragon Ball Z: Super Martial Legend 2

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 25 January 1994
Retail: ¥1,000
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

JAN 1067301131009

Dragon Ball Z: Super Martial Legend 3

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 07 November 1994
Retail: ¥1,000
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

JAN 1067301150703

Dragon Ball Z: Goku’s Soaring Legend

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 03 January 1995
Retail: ¥1,000
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

JAN 1067301290850

Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 12 September 1995
Retail: ¥1,000
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-108060-7

Dragon Ball: Strongest Martial Arts Bible

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 17 October 1997
Retail: ¥1,050
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779192-0

Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 09 August 2002
Retail: ¥1,200
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779224-2

Dragon Ball Z

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 13 February 2003
Retail: ¥1,000
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779276-5

Dragon Ball Z 2

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 05 February 2004
Retail: ¥1,000
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779283-8

Dragon Ball Z: Dramatic War in the Skies

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 31 March 2004
Retail: ¥1,000
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779303-6

Dragon Ball: Advance Adventure

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 29 November 2004
Retail: ¥1,000
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779317-6

Dragon Ball Z 3

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 01 March 2005
Retail: ¥1,200
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779341-9

Dragon Ball Z: Sparking!

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 06 October 2005
Retail: ¥1,100
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779344-3

Dragon Ball Z: Intense Battle in the Skies

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 06 December 2005
Retail: ¥950
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779366-4

Dragon Ball Z: The True Martial Arts Tournament

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 25 April 2006
Retail: ¥1,000
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779371-0

Super Dragon Ball Z

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 30 June 2006
Retail: ¥1,100
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779385-0

Dragon Ball Z: Sparking! NEO

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 05 October 2006
Retail: ¥1,100
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779416-4

Dragon Ball Z: The Distant Legend of Goku

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 27 March 2007
Retail: ¥1,100
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779436-9

Dragon Ball Z: Sparking! METEOR

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 09 October 2007
Retail: ¥1,200
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779463-6

Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 10 June 2008
Retail: ¥1,100
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779476-8

Dragon Ball DS

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 18 September 2008
Retail: ¥1,150
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779486-5

Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 09 December 2008
Retail: ¥1,300
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779503-9

Dragon Ball Kai: Attack of the Saiyans

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 30 April 2009
Retail: ¥1,150
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779513-6

Dragon Ball: The World’s Greatest Adventure

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 23 July 2009
Retail: ¥1,150
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779527-6

Dragon Ball: Raging Blast

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 12 November 2009
Retail: ¥1,350
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779545-4

Dragon Ball DS2: Charge! Red Ribbon Army

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 12 February 2010
Retail: ¥1,200
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779570-5

Dragon Ball: Tag VS

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 30 September 2010
Retail: ¥1,200
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779574-8

Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 11 November 2010
Retail: ¥1,250
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779585-3

Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Martial Legend

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 03 February 2011
Retail: ¥1,100
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779614-0

Dragon Ball: Ultimate Blast

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 08 December 2011
Retail: ¥1,200
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779651-3

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 28 February 2013
Retail: ¥1,250
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779691-9

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 07 August 2014
Retail: ¥1,350
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779708-4

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 05 February 2015
Retail: ¥1,400
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779721-3

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Martial Arts Legend

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 11 June 2015
Retail: ¥950
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779742-8

Dragon Ball Fusions

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 04 August 2016
Retail: ¥1,200
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-111178-7

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 02 November 2016
Retail: ¥1,400
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779755-8

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 27 April 2017
Retail: ¥1,400
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779766-4

Dragon Ball FighterZ Bible

Softcover | AB (21 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 01 February 2018
Retail: ¥1,500
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

Collectible Card Games / Data Carddass

Starting in the mid-2000s, V-Jump began publishing supplemental magazines covering Bandai’s Data Carddass arcade games. Many of these magazines contain card data, control instructions, and usually come with bonus Data Carddass cards for that respective arcade game. However, these guides are all pre-dated by the two supplemental daizenshuu released in 1996 that cover the original “Dragon Ball Carddass” series’ that ran from 1988 to 1995.


ISBN 4-08-102058-2

Dragon Ball Z – Premium Guide

Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 19 December 2005
Retail: ¥680
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

EAN 4-910045-410961

Dragon Ball Z 2 – Ultra Guide

Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 21 July 2006
Retail: ¥500
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

EAN 4-910113-240179

Dragon Ball Z 2 – Ultra Guide II

Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 15 December 2006
Retail: ¥500
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779429-6

Dragon Ball Z: Explosive Impact – Master Card Book

Softcover | JIS B5 (18.2 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 02 August 2007
Retail: ¥1,100
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779469-5

Dragon Ball Z: W Explosive Impact – Winning Guide

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 17 July 2008
Retail: ¥920
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779516-0

Dragon Ball Kai: Dragon Battlers – Dragon Strike Guide

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 06 August 2009
Retail: ¥950
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779533-0

Dragon Ball Kai: Dragon Battlers – Dragon Strike Guide 2

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 10 December 2009
Retail: ¥1,000
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-779553-5

Dragon Ball Kai: Dragon Battlers – Dragon Strike Masters Guide

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 27 May 2010
Retail: ¥1,250
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 4-08-108088-7

Dragon Ball Heroes: Heroes Guide

Softcover | AB (21 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 13 January 2011
Retail: ¥980
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-108091-5

Dragon Ball Heroes: Heroes Guide 2

Softcover | AB (21 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 19 May 2011
Retail: ¥980
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779604-9

Dragon Ball Heroes: Heroes Guide 3

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 15 September 2011
Retail: ¥1,000
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779619-3

Dragon Ball Heroes: Heroes Guide 4

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 19 January 2012
Retail: ¥1,100
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779631-5

Dragon Ball Heroes: Heroes Guide 5

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 17 May 2012
Retail: ¥1,150
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779642-1

Dragon Ball Heroes: Heroes Guide 6

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 15 November 2012
Retail: ¥1,200
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779652-0

Dragon Ball Heroes: Heroes Guide 7

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 14 March 2013
Retail: ¥1,200
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779667-4

Dragon Ball Heroes: Heroes Guide 8

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 12 September 2013
Retail: ¥1,200
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779677-3

Dragon Ball Heroes: Heroes Guide 9

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 16 January 2014
Retail: ¥1,150
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779686-5

Dragon Ball Heroes: Heroes Guide 10

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 15 May 2014
Retail: ¥1,150
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779697-1

Dragon Ball Heroes: Heroes Guide 11

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 13 November 2014
Retail: ¥1,200
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

ISBN 978-4-08-779725-1

Dragon Ball Heroes: Heroes Guide 12

Softcover | A5 (14.5 × 21 cm)
Released: 16 July 2015
Retail: ¥1,200
Publisher: Shueisha Publishing Co., Ltd.

Other

The “Design Works” artbooks for “Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit” and “Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2” were exclusive bonus items for those that pre-ordered the video games early enough. The artbooks contain character models from their respecitve games, along with some bits of information about each.

Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit – Design Works

Hardcover | JIS B6 (12.8 × 18.2 cm)
Released: 05 June 2008
Retail: Not For Sale
Publisher: Bandai Co., Ltd.

Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 – Design Works

Hardcover | JIS B4 (36.4 × 25.7 cm)
Released: 11 November 2010
Retail: Not For Sale
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games Inc.