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Published by VegettoEX
01 May 2006, 9:12 PM EDTComments Off

IGN has updated with four videos showcasing some new in-game footage from “Sparking! NEO”. We clearly see Goku go through all Super Saiyan forms in-game, as well as Slug transform into his “giant” form.

Unfortunately (and as opposed to the first videos we got of the original “Sparking!” way-back-when), these videos appear to be from the American version of the game, and feature both FUNimation’s voices and recycled “Budokai” music.

Here’s hoping the Japanese version gets even more slightly-remixed versions of BGM from the TV series and movies…!

Published by VegettoEX
30 April 2006, 9:30 AM EDTComments Off

Confirmed extra characters (extra from the arcade release, anyway!) for “Super Dragon Ball Z” are Majin Boo (“Fat Boo”) Piccolo-Daimaō, Majin-Vegeta, Videl, Mecha-Freeza, and Gohan (with his Kaiōshin-gi). Play-France is hosting some scans showcasing some of these additional characters. Additionally, these six characters are shown across the top of the game’s back cover.

Published by VegettoEX
30 April 2006, 9:20 AM EDTComments Off

It looks like Play-Asia has updated their database listings with both the official logo for “Battle Stadium D.O.N.”:

… as well as the cover-art for the Japanese release of “Super Dragon Ball Z” on the PS2:

Published by VegettoEX
30 April 2006, 8:00 AM EDTComments Off

Episode #0024 of the podcast is available for download! We’re up bright and early for you, so be sure to grab it. Lots of fun stuff this week… bad decisions characters made, Meri’s list of “hardest hits”, and even a new contest to give away a free DVD! That’s right, Daizenshuu EX loves you more than other sites, and we want to give you free things :P. You’ll have to listen to find out how to enter! Check it out!

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0024! VegettoEX, Julian, and Meri discuss some of the worst decisions characters made throughout the series. Not only bad decisions, but ones with (sometimes horrible) repercussions. Video game, DVD, and manga news highlight the week, along with Meri’s list of hardest hits, great e-mail, and a contest for a free DVD!

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Published by VegettoEX
29 April 2006, 8:47 AM EDTComments Off

The official website for “Sparking! NEO” flashes up a bunch of names in its intro movie. Following the image below, I have listed any names that appear… corrected from their sometimes strange romanization, of course!

  • Cell
  • Chiaotzu
  • Freeza
  • Ginyu-Tokusentai
  • Kame-Sen’nin
  • Kuririn
  • Majin Boo
  • Mr. Satan
  • Nappa
  • Piccolo
  • Son Gohan
  • Son Goku
  • Son Goten
  • T’ao Paipai
  • Tenshinhan
  • Trunks
  • Vegeta
  • Yamcha
Published by VegettoEX
28 April 2006, 7:17 PM EDTComments Off

The Magic Box is reporting that “Shin Budokai” for the PSP sold a little over 700,000 copies last week. Not too shabby for its Japanese debut.

Published by VegettoEX
25 April 2006, 9:22 PM EDTComments Off

RightStuf has added Dragon Ball Z movie 13 (quite strangely renamed “Wrath Of The Dragon” by FUNimation) to their store, which includes the official domestic cover art. FUNimation is going out with a bang and continuing to use the original Japanese cover art as their basis, so mucho thanks to them for that nod.

Published by VegettoEX
24 April 2006, 8:31 PM EDTComments Off

Mostly-substantiated rumors have been floating around for the last couple of weeks, but when it comes directly from Atari, I guess you can call it official!

Atari Announces 2006 Dragon Ball Z(R) Line-Up for PlayStation(R)2

Games Will Showcase Exciting Variety of Gameplay Elements and Characters

NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) today announced the development of two new Dragon Ball Z(R) titles for 2006 release, Super DBZ(R) and Dragon Ball Z(R): Budokai Tenkaichi 2, both for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system.

Super DBZ(R) is a new highly intense DBZ(R) fighting experience unlike any other Dragon Ball Z game. Featuring an all-new and more complex DBZ fighting system with unique fighting combos for all 18 characters, Super DBZ promises fans and gamers explosive on-screen environmental damage. Developed by NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. / Crafts & Meister, and including the creators of the acclaimed Street Fighter II arcade game, Super DBZ will be available in July 2006.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is the sequel to Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi, the top-selling DBZ(R) game of 2005. Combining action, fighting and light role-playing game (RPG) elements, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 will send players into a rich story mode that spans the entire Dragon Ball(R), DBZ, and Dragon Ball GT(R) series. The game takes the acrobatic and intense 3D flying and fighting dynamic made popular in last year’s hit and takes it to a whole new level with over 100 playable characters, 15 vast and vibrant 3D destructible environments, and nine different game modes, including intense single and multiplayer battles. Developed by NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. / Spike, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is slated to release during the 2006 holiday season.

“This year’s DBZ line-up offers more gameplay variety than ever before,” said Emily Anadu, Product Manager, Atari, Inc. “Super DBZ provides a more hard-core 3D fighting experience to reflect the maturing gaming desires of our fan base and simultaneously remains true to the DBZ experience — that of being the best anime and cartoon-based series out there.”

Anadu continued, “Newcomers to DBZ will enjoy the colossal selection of characters, authentic recreation of the Dragon Ball story, dazzling enhancements and intense fighting combos of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2. It represents an accessible and faithful way for a new fan to experience DBZ in its entirety.”

Dragon Ball Z is the gold standard of anime-based video games, with more than 24 different games and 10 million units sold since May 2002. For additional information about Super DBZ and Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, please visit http://www.atari.com .

About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation(R) Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (Nasdaq: NAVR), is a brand management company and one of the nation’s leading independent home video entertainment companies. The company’s most recent initiative is the FUNimation Channel(SM), a new 24-hour digital network featuring programming from the top anime brands in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For images, or more information on FUNimation Entertainment, the FUNimation Channel, or any of FUNimation’s properties, contact Jeff Dronen at 817-788-0627, ext. 251 or pr@funimation.com.

About Atari

New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company’s 1,000+ titles include hard- core, genre-defining franchises such as DRIVER(TM), The Matrix(TM) (Enter The Matrix and The Matrix: Path of Neo), Stuntman(TM) and Test Drive(R); and mass- market and children’s franchises such as Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), and Dragon Ball Z(R). Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext – ISIN: FR-0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit http://www.atari.com .

Thanks to all of our forum members for keeping us on our toes! There it is — confirmation that “Sparking! NEO” will indeed be released for both the PS2 and Revolution (both in Japan and in the US).

Published by VegettoEX
24 April 2006, 6:53 PM EDTComments Off

The official Japanese website for “Sparking! NEO” has gone live, which contains the typical Flash opening, horrendously-awesome Engrish, and little other information.

Atari has issued an official press release announcing the game (seemingly called quite simply, and still incorrectly, “Budokai Tenkaichi 2” for its non-Japanese release, which contains no information about its release to any console other than the Nintendo Revolution:

Atari Announces First Next-Generation Dragon Ball Z(R) Game

– Budokai Tenkaichi 2 Game Set for Nintendo Revolution –

NEW YORK, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) today announced that Dragon Ball Z(R): Budokai Tenkaichi(TM) 2 is in development for Nintendo(R) Revolution. Combining action, fighting and light role-playing game (RPG) elements, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 will send players into a rich story mode that spans the entire Dragon Ball(R), DBZ, and Dragon Ball GT(R) series. Developed by NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. / Spike, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is slated to release during the 2006 holiday season.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 takes the series’ popular acrobatic and intense 3D flying and fighting dynamic and takes it to a whole new level with over 100 playable characters, 15 vast and vibrant 3D destructible environments, and nine different game modes, including single and multiplayer battles.

Matt Collins, Director of Marketing, Atari, Inc., said, “The innovative controller featured with Nintendo Revolution is perfectly suited for Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, which engages players with fast-paced fighting moves. Gamers will be able to play in a very physical way, mimicking several of the show’s most popular character moves and pull off awesome combos and attacks.”

In addition to the unprecedented number of characters, wide selection of massive 3D destructible environments and abundance of game modes, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 will feature in-game transformations, which players will be able to trigger in real-time, making battles even more dramatic and exciting than ever before. Using the Nintendo Revolution controller, players will be able to mimic signature moves as they are performed in the Dragon Ball Z animated series, such as Goku(R)’s Kamehameha, moving both hands to execute this devastating energy attack.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is set for release this holiday season. For more information on Dragon Ball Z video games, please visit http://www.atari.com

More information as it comes in!

Published by VegettoEX
23 April 2006, 9:26 PM EDTComments Off

Episode #0023 of the podcast is available for download! Julian’s back from Japan… all the gaming news… full review of the new “Dragon Box”… Meri’s top five most gruesome deaths in the series… your e-mails… whatta show! Check it out!

SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0023! VegettoEX, Julian, and Meri go over even more video game news, and give a complete review of the DB and DBZ movie “Dragon Box”. Meri’s list of most gruesome deaths, April’s final releases, and a good batch of e-mails round out the episode!

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