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It may be going up one day later than our preferred release day, but hey… you awesome website readers had the full written review a day before the listeners who forget to visit the site! That’s right, this episode we dig into DragonBall: Raging Blast. Does Spike’s first high-definition offering live up to and exceed the prior series, or should fans looking for the best “DBZ-simulator” on the market just stick with “METEOR”…? We also give some first-impressions on FUNimation’s Dragon Box, and continue onward with the two contests we are running celebration of the upcoming 200th podcast episode! Download the show now, or head on over to the podcast page for more information or to subscribe.
Episode #0197! VegettoEX and Meri review the new PS3 and 360 game, “DragonBall: Raging Blast”. Does Spike’s first high-definition offering live up to and exceed the prior series, or should fans looking for the best “DBZ-simulator” on the market just stick with “METEOR”…? No news, but November’s releases, your e-mails, and contests to give away “Raging Blast” and a Dragon Box round out the episode!
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast on the PS3 was the third-best-selling game this past week in Japan, selling 57,972 copies its first week. The Xbox 360 version is actually down in the #28 spot, selling around another 7,000 copies on that platform.
Overall, these first week sales are down a bit from Infinite World (PS2) which sold 76,500 copies its first week back in December 2008, and Burst Limit (PS3) which sold 92,298 copies its first week back in June 2008.
Sure, it’s a little late… but better late than never. This episode we hit you with Volume 31 in our “Manga Review of Awesomeness”. Cell has made his presence known, and our heroes have become outclassed just as fast as they became the strongest. Do we finally have an interesting villain for the story arc, or is everything just a little too convenient and confusing? Download the show now, or head on over to the podcast page for more information or to subscribe.
As a reminder, both Dragon Ball: Raging Blast (PS3/360) and Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans (Nintendo DS) are shipping in North America today. We are hearing tons of reports that Raging Blast is actually ringing up at $39.99 at many GameStop locations. Look for reviews of both games soon right here on the website!
Episode #0196! VegettoEX, Meri, Julian, and Jeff dive in to Volume 31 in our “Manga Review of Awesomeness”. Cell has made his presence known, and our heroes have become outclassed just as fast as they became the strongest. Do we finally have an interesting villain for the story arc, or is everything just a little too convenient and confusing? Dragon Boxes are arriving, other news catching-up, November’s continued releases, and your e-mails round out the episode.
Many online retailers have dropped the price of Raging Blast on the PS3 from $59.99 to $49.99 (Amazon, GameStop, etc.). Interestingly, the 360 version remains at the $59.99 on Amazon, but GameStop has dropped it to $49.99 to match the PS3 version.
We have reached out to Namco-Bandai to clarify whether this is a change at the MSRP level, or if this is retailer-specific.
UPDATE: Word from Namco-Bandai is that the MSRP is indeed still $59.99, and that any lower price at launch is a retailer-specific, limited-time promotion.
Online retailers are showcasing the cover art for the upcoming CD single, Progression, which is the theme song for the soon-to-be released Raging Blast as performed by Hironobu Kageyama:
There is still no track listing for the disc across all retailer sites and the official page for the disc on Lantis’ website.
Namco-Bandai has posted a ¥6.04 billion (approximately $66.7 million) loss for the second quarter of fiscal 2010.
In terms of Dragon Ball overall, the franchise dropped in net sales from ¥8.7 billion in the first six months of fiscal 2009 to ¥4.5 billion this fiscal year, with a forecast of a full year net sales figure of ¥14 billion, down from ¥15.8 billion last fiscal year.
There were no Dragon Ball games in their top-ten-performing games for the quarter, though with Raging Blast launching globally and Attack of the Saiyans launching outside Japan in Q3, there is the potential for those numbers to pick back up.
In terms of general toys and hobby merchandise (non-video games), the franchise dropped in net sales from ¥1.7 billion in the first six months of fiscal 2009 to ¥1.2 billion this fiscal year, with a forecast of a full year net sales figure of ¥2.5 billion, down from ¥3.2 last fiscal year.
Since FUNimation’s first Dragon Box Z set has begun shipping early from RightStuf to some very few lucky people, forum member Haseowolf was lucky enough to receive his set extra-early!
His thread on the forum contains numerous pictures of the packaging and Dragon Book that the set comes with, as well as several screen shots of the actual video. It is a bit too early to make any sweeping judgments on the video’s quality quite yet, but on the whole, everything looks pretty nice. The packaging and Dragon Book also look extremely similar to the original, as we have been led to expect. We will definitely be keeping track of any new information as it becomes available.
Many people seem to be forgetting that the DS also gets a new game next week: Attack of the Saiyans. Released earlier this year in Japan as Dragon Ball Kai: Saiya-jin Raishū, it is due out here in the US the same day as Raging Blast on 10 November 2009. Here are a batch of new screen shots from Namco-Bandai:
Several independent confirmations have come in that orders for the “Limited Edition” version of Raging Blast in Europe have been canceled or otherwise put on indefinite hiatus. There is no official word from Namco-Bandai as to what is going on with production of this release, though it seems the standard edition is still on-track for its release on 13 November 2009.