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Published by VegettoEX
30 November 2016, 1:17 PM EST1 Comment

From 23 December 2016 through 12 February 2017, Namco’s J-WORLD TOKYO will host a “super” Dragon Ball festival with games and food celebrating Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball series.

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The “Clash! Bang Bang Car Attack” ride will split players into Z-Warrior and Freeza’s army teams attacking for the high score, which can be applied to special prizes.

Attendees will be able to indulge in Dragon Ball-inspired food such as “Super Saiyan Vegeta’s Final Flash Carbonara” (¥960), “Goku Black’s Super Black Seafood Risotto” (¥920), and the “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku Drink” (¥590).

Entrance to the event will cost ¥800.

Published by VegettoEX
30 November 2016, 12:36 PM ESTComment

In conjunction with last week’s January 2017 issue of V-Jump, Shueisha has released the cover art for the forthcoming second collected edition of the Dragon Ball Super manga, due out in print in Japan 02 December 2016:

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In addition to promoting a special poster that readers can send in to win via lottery (with only 10 winners to be selected next year), the January 2017 issue of V-Jump also contained a short message from illustrator Toyotarō, stating:

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原作は鳥山明先笙ですので、漫画はTVアニメとは少しちがうアプローチ、ちがった演出になっています。 2巻では、そのあたりも楽しんでいただけたらうれしいです!! これからもよろしくね!!


Since it’s Akira Toriyama-sensei doing the original story, the manga has a slightly different approach than the TV anime, which results in a different kind of production. I hope you all enjoy that aspect of it for volume 2!! And I hope you keep reading!!

Volume 2 of the Dragon Ball Super manga collected edition is due out in print in Japan 02 December 2016 for ¥420 spanning 216 pages. A digital release will follow 04 January 2017. The second volume is available for pre-order via CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

The first collected edition was announced back in February and saw its release in April covering the series’ first nine chapters, one spin-off chapter, and a special interview between Toyotarō and original author Akira Toriyama. Since this volume’s release, another nine regular chapters and one more spin-off chapter have been released.

The Dragon Ball Super manga began in June 2015 as a promotional tie-in for the television series. The manga runs monthly in Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine, with the series’ eighteenth chapter printed last week in the magazine’s January 2017 issue. Illustrated by “Toyotarō” (in all likelihood, a second pen-name used by Dragon Ball AF fan manga author and illustrator “Toyble”), the Dragon Ball Super manga covered the Battle of Gods re-telling, skipped the Resurrection ‘F’ re-telling, and “charged ahead” to the Champa arc to act as further promotion for the television series. Viz is currently releasing free digital chapters of the series, and will release their own collected print edition beginning in May 2017.

Published by VegettoEX
24 November 2016, 8:53 AM ESTComment

According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 14 November 2016 to 20 November 2016, Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 pushed another 6,703 copies on the PlayStation 4 during its third week on sale in Japan.

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This brings the game to 87,105 total copies sold thus far in Japan. The first Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — released on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC — had sold 72,838 and 54,442 copies on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, respectively, by its own third week back in 2015.

This past August, Dragon Ball Fusions on the Nintendo 3DS had sold 127,652 copies by its own third week on sale in Japan.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In North America, the game launched for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game launched across all platforms 28 October 2016. In Japan, the game exclusively launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016.

Published by VegettoEX
24 November 2016, 8:22 AM EST1 Comment

Bandai Namco’s press release for the international debut of Dragon Ball Fusions on the Nintendo 3DS includes a note that a free update will hit the game in early 2017.

DRAGON BALL FUSIONS IS NOW AVAILABLE

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (November 22, 2016) – BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. the premier publisher of anime videogames today releases DRAGON BALL™ Fusions, a new portable Dragon Ball™ Action-RPG experience for the Nintendo 3DS handheld system. Fuse Dragon Ball characters from across the entire series into brand new characters in this fun and fast-paced Action-Role-Playing Game (Action-RPG).

Development at Fukuoka, Japan based Ganbarion Co., Ltd; DRAGON BALL Fusions is the latest Dragon Ball experience to appear on the Nintendo 3DS platform. DRAGON BALL Fusions is an Action-RPG game that combines fighting, customization, and item collection elements to bring the Dragon Ball world to life. The game features a huge roster of character appearances stretching across Dragon Ball through Dragon Ball Super. Players will have the opportunity to enter an all new original Dragon Ball story in DRAGON BALL Fusions’ Adventure mode or prove their fighting prowess in Multiplayer Battle mode. DRAGON BALL Fusions also enables players to combine the powers between characters to create endless combinations of powerful characters. Players looking to share their DRAGON BALL Fusions fun will be able to use the Nintendo 3DS’ camera to take pictures with friends and fuse them with Dragon Ball characters or trade special moves with nearby players.

“The Nintendo 3DS continues to be the perfect on-the-go system for our Dragon Ball fans looking for a more lighthearted adventure with the Z Fighters,” said Dennis Lee, Director of Brand Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “With DRAGON BALL Fusions we’re excited to see players take their Dragon Ball adventure with them wherever they go and share their experiences with friends through its multiplayer mode and fun fusion photo functions.”

A free DRAGON BALL Fusions downloadable update will be released in early 2017 that will implement online battles, an online special moves trading function, new characters, new fusion possibilities, and more. Additional details pertaining to the free update, including its release timing, will be shared at a later date.

DRAGON BALL Fusions is now available for purchase in the Americas at both retail locations and digitally on the Nintendo eShop exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. DRAGON BALL Fusions is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and carries a MSRP of $29.99. To learn more about BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.’s other products go to: http://www.bandainamcoent.com/home.html or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS or join the conversation on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/bandainamcous.

Dragon Ball Fusions, developed by Ganbarion for Bandai Namco, is the latest Dragon Ball franchise portable video game and is exclusively available on the Nintendo 3DS. The game has sold upward of 170,000 copies thus far in Japan and has received two free updates — with a third on the way next month — thus far.

Read our full review, or check our Episode #0415 of our podcast for more discussion regarding the game.

Published by VegettoEX
22 November 2016, 3:36 PM ESTComment

Thanks to a last-minute, surprise release date shift, Dragon Ball Fusions is now available on the Nintendo 3DS in North America! Tune in for some final thoughts on the game as Mike, Jake, and Kirran wrap up the Japanese version and look ahead to the domestic release.

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0415! Mike, Jake, and Kirran wrap up the Japanese release of “Dragon Ball Fusions” on the Nintendo 3DS. Does the game offer enough to keep you interested for an extended period of time? How does it shape up against other offerings, both on the handheld and console front? What kinds of expectations should be put in check? Tune in for all this and more!

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Published by VegettoEX
22 November 2016, 6:31 AM ESTComment

In promotion of the 69th episode of the Dragon Ball Super television series (set to air in Japan 04 December 2016), the official Dragon Ball Super website has posted a new “Special Interview” with Masako Nozawa (Son Goku, et al.) and Mami Koyama (Arale).

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Koyama:
I was so happy when I heard they were doing an episode where Goku fights Arale-chan! I’m a big Mako-san [Masako Nozawa] fan, so it was a pleasure to get to work with her again!… I can’t believe I get to see Arale-chan‘s world of Penguin Village once more.

Nozawa:
I figure Goku is probably happy about getting to fight Arale-chan! But I bet he won’t just go “hey, she seems strong”; he’ll be more like “boy, this sure takes me back!” Because Goku becomes friends with everybody before too long.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW TRANSLATION

Our translation of the full interview has been archived in our “Translations” section.

Prior to this upcoming appearance, Arale made a brief cameo in episode 43 of Dragon Ball Super.

Published by VegettoEX
21 November 2016, 12:46 PM ESTComment

In conjunction with today’s January 2017 issue of V-Jump in Japan, Bandai Namco has detailed the upcoming first downloadable content pack for Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 in social media and website posts.

Dear Time Patrollers,

Today, we are excited to share some news about the first major update and DLC pack for Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2! The update for the game will be available on Dec. 20th and will consist of a free update for all players and the content of the first DLC pack (available through the Season Pass or purchased individually).

Let’s begin with the free updates:
– New skill for SSGSS Goku: Awakened Skill Kaioken times 10!
– New skill for Hit: Awakened Skill Pure Progress
– 6 new costumes
– 4 new attacks
– A new event for everyone: Frieza’s Siege! Be ready to defend Conton City against Frieza’s Army, there are 10 new Jersey costumes to win!
– A new Raid Quest featuring Evil Yamcha, with an exclusive title to win!
– 5 new teachers: Future Gohan, Bardock, Cooler, Android 16, Whis
– 20 new attacks

The first DLC pack will be available at the same time and here is a glimpse into it’s [sic] content:
– 2 new playable characters: Cabbe (with his Super Saiyan transformation) and Frost (Final Form). Check out those lovely screens!
– One new master: Hit
– 5 new attacks
– 3 new Parallel Quests
– 2 new costumes
– 5 Super Souls
– 2 emotes

You can get the content from the first DLC pack with the Season Pass or by purchasing it individually!

The first downloadable content pack will release 20 December 2016. Downloadable content packs are included in the cost of the game’s season pass, which is available for $29.99 and will cover four future content packs.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is available worldwide for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In North America, the game launched for consoles 25 October 2016 with a PC release following 28 October 2016. In Europe, the game launched across all platforms 28 October 2016. In Japan, the game exclusively launched on the PlayStation 4 console 02 November 2016.

Published by VegettoEX
20 November 2016, 11:45 AM ESTComment

Our written “Reviews” section has been a bit neglected in favor of the convenience offered by our podcast, but the announcement (and subsequent release date adjustment!) of Dragon Ball Fusions was just the right kick in the pants to knock out another review!

Though we gave our first impressions of the game back on Episode #0409 of our podcast (and we will have a three-way follow-up later this week on the show), dive in to the full written review here for a deeper look at what’s in store for you next week in the domestic release!

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READ THE REVIEW

Dragon Ball Fusions, developed by Ganbarion for Bandai Namco, is the latest Dragon Ball franchise portable video game and is exclusively available on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The game has sold upward of 170,000 copies thus far in Japan. The game is scheduled for an international localization, hitting North America this month and Europe in February 2017.

Published by VegettoEX
19 November 2016, 4:18 PM ESTComment

The 1996 #13 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan contained a special feature promoting the new Dragon Ball GT television series as well as the 10th anniversary theatrical film, The Path to Power. Introducing this special feature was a short, one-page comic by none other than original author Akira Toriyama himself! In the comic, Toriyama describes his personal business of the day, lack of self-confidence, and anticipation for the new animated works. While Toriyama had provided brief comments both before and after the completion of the Dragon Ball GT television series, this may have been his only comment on Dragon Ball GT during its actual broadcast (though he admits not having actually seen any of it yet due to the production timeframe of the self-insert comic), and likely the last time he ever drew the child version of Dragon Ball GT‘s Goku.

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READ THE TRANSLATED COMIC

This comic, which was later reprinted in the 30th anniversary Super History Book, has been archived in our “Translations” section.

Published by VegettoEX
19 November 2016, 7:49 AM ESTComment

This weekend’s January 2017 issue of V-Jump is set to announce a 2.2.0 update coming to Dragon Ball Fusions on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. Following up on the previous 2.1.0 update which brought Trunks and Goku Black from the Dragon Ball Super television series, the 2.2.0 update will bring additional new characters (Merged Zamasu and Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegetto) as well as a special online story quest mode.

Story
While training in the world of the Valley of Space and Time, the protagonists are informed by Jiku about a ki disturbance in the space/time vortex. It seems that ki from some other space/time is rapidly “disappearing”. When the protagonists head to the space/time vortex, they meet Goku Black, who has traveled through time and space. In order to wipe out all mortals, Goku Black is attempting to take control of the zone linking together all of space/time.

What’s the Space/Time Vortex Quest?!
A special, limited time only online quest lasting for three weeks!! Each week the battle rules change, and ranking battles are conducted! By participating in this event, you get the powerful warriors showcased on the right! And the top rankers get another special prize too?!

1st Round Rules:
-Compete to see who can inflict the most damage within a set timeframe
-At the end of that time, the participants all get SS Trunks: Super
-At the end of that time, top rankers receive the special attack “Light Sword”
-When the quest is over: title “Indomitable Spirit”

The first round of the “Space/Time Vortex Quest” will run from 07 December 2016 to 13 December 2016, with the second round following immediately after.

Dragon Ball Fusions, developed by Ganbarion for Bandai Namco, is the latest Dragon Ball franchise portable video game and is exclusively available on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The game has sold upward of 170,000 copies thus far in Japan. The game is scheduled for an international localization, hitting North America this month and Europe in February 2017. Check out Episode #0409 of our podcast for our first impressions with the game.

The January 2017 issue of V-Jump is available to purchase on CDJapan and Amazon Japan.