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Published by VegettoEX
16 July 2017, 7:44 PM EDTComment

In conjunction with this weekend’s EVO 2017 event and tournament series, Bandai Namco fully unveiled (the previously-teased) Trunks as a playable character in the upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ video game with a new trailer:

Bandai Namco also revealed that registrations for the game’s (also previously-announced) closed beta will begin 26 July 2017 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. The closed beta is expected “before end of summer”.

The 3-on-3, “2.5D” fighting game is set for an “early 2018” release worldwide and is under development by Arc System Works for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam). The game is advertised as running at a 1080p resolution and 60fps frame rate, with higher resolutions available on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles.

Arc previously worked on Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden for the Nintendo 3DS, as well as the Super Sonic Warriors games (Bukū Tōgeki and Bukū Ressen) on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. The developer is otherwise known for their Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series of fighting games.

Published by VegettoEX
16 July 2017, 1:45 PM EDTComment

As the company prepares to launch their first home video set next week, FUNimation’s online shop reveals an 03 October 2017 release date for their second part of the Dragon Ball Super television series on DVD and Blu-ray.

While two of the strongest fighters train in another world, trouble stirs for planet Earth. The remains of a powerful force have started to gather, seeking revenge for their fallen leader—the wicked overlord Frieza! When evil takes on a new form with the force of 1,000 troops, can Gohan and the remaining Z Fighters take him on?

The bilingual (English/Japanese) two-disc set will span episodes 14 to 26 and is slated to contain 17 minutes of bonus material. The set will retail for $39.98 MSRP on DVD and $44.98 MSRP on Blu-ray.

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and the first home video release kicking off next week.

Published by VegettoEX
16 July 2017, 1:24 PM EDTComment

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X for the Nintendo 3DS — the third and latest portable entry supporting the over-six-years-old, still-going-strong, card-based arcade game — launched in Japan 27 April 2017. According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 03 July 2017 to 09 July 2017, the game pushed an additional 2,594 copies during its eleventh week on sale, bringing its total sales to 175,491 copies in Japan.

By comparison, the original Ultimate Mission had sold 184,517 copies by its respective eleventh week in May 2013, while Ultimate Mission 2 had fallen off the charts in its eleventh week having done roughly 152,000 copies by its respective tenth week in October 2014. The most recent Nintendo 3DS game prior to Ultimate Mission X‘s release — Ganbarion’s Dragon Ball Fusions — had pushed 177,592 total copies by its respective eleventh week last October.

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X received a Version 1.1 update this spring adding a new Tenka’ichi Budōkai mode. As with the previous Dragon Ball Heroes games on the Nintendo 3DS, no international localization has been announced for Ultimate Mission X.

Published by VegettoEX
10 July 2017, 9:18 AM EDT1 Comment

The North American branch of Bandai Namco has revealed a 22 September 2017 release date for their Nintendo Switch port of Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2.

The game appears to be set for Europe the same day. The international release comes approximately two weeks after the respective Japanese release.

The Switch version is set to run at a maximum of 900p in docked mode (720p in handheld mode), and will support the various Switch-specific methods of input and play with up to six-players in local play (using multiple Nintendo Switch consoles).

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is currently 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
05 July 2017, 10:41 AM EDTComment

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X for the Nintendo 3DS — the third and latest portable entry supporting the over-six-years-old, still-going-strong, card-based arcade game — launched in Japan 27 April 2017. According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 26 June 2017 to 02 July 2017, the game pushed an additional 2,764 copies during its tenth week on sale, bringing its total sales to 172,897 copies in Japan.

By comparison, the original Ultimate Mission had sold 177,157 copies by its respective tenth week in May 2013, while Ultimate Mission 2 had done roughly 152,000 copies by its respective tenth week in October 2014. The most recent Nintendo 3DS game prior to Ultimate Mission X‘s release — Ganbarion’s Dragon Ball Fusions — had pushed 174,184 total copies by its respective tenth week last October.

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X received a Version 1.1 update this spring adding a new Tenka’ichi Budōkai mode. As with the previous Dragon Ball Heroes games on the Nintendo 3DS, no international localization has been announced for Ultimate Mission X.

Published by VegettoEX
30 June 2017, 11:17 AM EDTComment

In conjunction with the “Tournament of Power” finally kicking off in this weekend’s upcoming 97th episode of the Dragon Ball Super television series, Toei Animation has released an updated promotional video and new key visual.

The new promotional video is an update of a video from back in April, with the only addition being the swap of Majin Boo for Freeza, the team’s last-minute replacement member. All other text and basic visuals remain the same from the previous video:

Ten warriors take up the challenge of a battle with survival on the line, universe pitted against universe
The biggest battle royale in history will break out
The only ones to survive will be those standing at the end

The new key visual’s text splash states “Here god’s work/technique was brought to the limit” (神の御技ここに極まれり). Toei has incorporated the new visual into their official Dragon Ball Super website.

The website update includes a comment from producer Hiroyuki Sakurada:

The curtain finally rises on the “Tournament of Power”, where the strongest warriors in the history of Dragon Ball are gathering! The new key visual for the “Tournament of Power” is finally finished! It depicts Goku as he tries to break new ground in order to face off against the mightiest of foes in the midst of the fierce battle that is the “Tournament of Power”! What sort of formidable foes are in store?! How will Goku battle them?! And what new ground will he break?! Don’t miss Dragon Ball Super as the hype ramps up for the unprecedented battle that will unfold in the “Tournament of Power”!!

The Dragon Ball Super television series now receives weekly simulcast streams on services such as Crunchyroll and Daisuki. FUNimation has also announced their American distribution license for the series, with the English dub beginning earlier this year on Cartoon Network, and the first home video release coming in July.

Published by VegettoEX
28 June 2017, 9:52 AM EDTComment

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X for the Nintendo 3DS — the third and latest portable entry supporting the over-six-years-old, still-going-strong, card-based arcade game — launched in Japan 27 April 2017. According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 19 June 2017 to 25 June 2017, the game pushed an additional 3,084 copies during its ninth week on sale, bringing its total sales to 170,134 copies in Japan.

By comparison, the original Ultimate Mission had sold roughly 170,000 copies by its respective ninth week in April 2013, while Ultimate Mission 2 had done just under 150,000 copies by its respective ninth week in September 2014. The most recent Nintendo 3DS game prior to Ultimate Mission X‘s release — Ganbarion’s Dragon Ball Fusions — had pushed just over 170,000 total copies by its respective ninth week last fall.

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X received a Version 1.1 update last month adding a new Tenka’ichi Budōkai mode. As with the previous Dragon Ball Heroes games on the Nintendo 3DS, no international localization has been announced for Ultimate Mission X.

Published by VegettoEX
27 June 2017, 12:40 PM EDTComment

Spoilers: most characters in Dragon Ball do not have surnames! Additional spoilers: some of the characters you think absolutely do not have a surname may in fact have a secret surname! Join us for a tour of the Dragon World’s family names, from the initial Journey to the West borrows up through the series’ later ancillary material.

孫悟空

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0426! Mike and Jake discuss surnames in the Dragon World. In a series where most characters do not actually have family names, how can you tell for sure when someone might actually have one? What examples tend to confuse fans, and which names might be hiding a secret surname away?! A bit of news recap and a related “Journey to the West” excerpt round out the episode!

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Published by VegettoEX
23 June 2017, 10:12 AM EDTComment

This week’s August 2017 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine reveals an 07 September 2017 Japanese release date alongside the previously-announced ¥6,800 retail price for the Nintendo Switch port of last year’s Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 video game.

As initially revealed in last month’s issue of V-Jump, the Nintendo Switch version in Japan will — for a limited time — come packaged with the original story mode (“Legend Patrol”) from 2014’s first Dragon Ball XENOVERSE game. The physical version will include this addition through its 31 December 2017 printing, while the download edition will include the bonus through 27 December 2017. It has been specifically noted that only the story missions will be available; the first game’s Toki Toki City is not included, and certain circumstances may appear slightly different.

Beyond this first-printing bonus, those who pre-order the game will also receive a download code to unlock 87 additional playable characters immediately; paid downloadable content characters are not included as a part of this bonus. The downloadable version of the game will contain this pre-order bonus up through 03 October 2017.

Shueisha and Bandai Namco are running a contest with both Weekly Shonen Jump (tickets in the 2017 #34 and #35 issues) and V-Jump (ticket in the August 2017 issue) where 318 lucky individuals will receive the game and all presale bonuses on launch day. The entry deadline is 14 August 2017. The number “318” in the contest references a popular number pun for fans of the series, where the individual numbers can be quickly read and stretchingly-interpreted as “3” (sa), “1” (i), and “8” (ya); March 18 each year is typically “celebrated” as “Saiyan Day”.

The game’s official website has also updated with a slew of technical details for the Switch version:

  • In television mode, the game will run at a maximum of 900p (1600×900), while in portable mode it will run at 720p (1280×720)
  • Standard one-on-one fights will run at 60 frames per second, while other gameplay will run at 30 frames per second
  • The game will support up to six players online, and will require a paid subscription to Nintendo’s online service when it launches (similar to other platforms)
  • Additional downloadable content is not included by default, but will be available on the Nintendo eShop (similar to other platforms)
  • There will be minor adjustments to certain items and objects in comparison to versions on other platforms
  • Specific Switch functionality includes the ability to take screenshots, special attacks with motion control, one-on-one battles with Joy-Cons, and the immediate inclusion of Goku Black as a playable character along with Tao Paipai’s pillar as a flying mount in Conton City (items which previously debuted as “Day One” bonus items on other platforms)

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is currently 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. The Nintendo Switch port has been announced for worldwide distribution, though only its Japanese release date has been announced so far.

Published by VegettoEX
23 June 2017, 9:48 AM EDTComment

In conjunction with this week’s August 2017 issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine and a live stream held by Bandai Namco’s North American branch yesterday, the company has revealed a 27 June 2017 release date for the upcoming fourth paid downloadable content pack for the Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 video game.

Merged Zamasu and Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegetto (“Vegetto Blue”) had previously been announced within the pages of V-Jump and in a promotional video, while the latest issue details a new storyline and more.

The fourth downloadable content pack will contain:

  • New playable characters: Merged Zamasu, SSGSS Vegetto
  • New story: “Warrior of Hope” arc
  • New stage: “Ruined Future”
  • Three new parallel quests
  • Five new special moves
  • Two new sets of costumes
  • Five new “Super Souls”

A free content pack is also set to launch alongside the paid content, including:

  • Giant Ape suit, hat, and tail
  • Saiyan tail
  • Yajirobe’s outfit
  • “Majin” mark (only usable with human-types)
  • “Original Work” preset outfits from the “Future Trunks arc” of Dragon Ball Super: SSGSS Goku, SSGSS Vegeta, future Trunks, and young Trunks
  • Five new techniques
  • Two raid bosses: “Future Trunks arc”, Bojack

While items can be purchased as the TP Medal Shop, certain items will also be available through in-game events.

The first paid downloadable content pack was released 20 December 2016, with the second pack following 28 February 2017, and the third pack following 25 April 2017. Downloadable content packs are included in the cost of the game’s season pass, which is available for $29.99 and covers these four content packs.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE 2 is currently 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. The game was also recently announced for the Nintendo Switch.