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Episode 127 // 26 October 2014
Beginning to See His True Worth
Buu's Rebellion!

The official website for Zenkai Battle Royale — the Japan-exclusive, arcade-only, multiplayer fighting game — provides an update on six new costumes available for players to unlock until 15 September 2014.

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Included are:

  • Tenshinhan (green outfit from near the end of the series)
  • Mr. Satan (fancy purple outfit from the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour Special)
  • Super Saiyan Son Goku (Saiyan/Freeza armor)
  • Super Saiyan Trunks (his early-teenage outfit from the Trunks TV Special)
  • Yamcha (kung-fu outfit)
  • Videl (blue tank-top with “FIGHT”)

Through special “item acquisition battles” these costumes can be unlocked that adjust your character’s outfit by taking first place under battle royale and team battle rules by yourself or with a friend.

Zenkai Battle Royale first test-launched in Japanese arcades at the end of 2010 and, while it has continued to receive constant updates since then, has not had a home port announced. The most recent roster additions include Vegetto and Janenba.



No doubt fueled by the massive “Anime Sale” held mid-August, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z for the PlayStation 3 and Vita managed to jump in as top-ten-sellers on the North American PlayStation Store during August 2014.

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The downloadable PlayStation 3 version of the game came in at the #6 spot while the Vita version (available exclusively as a download version in North America) came in at the #3 spot.

On the European side of things, Battle of Z returned to the Vita chart at #11.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z recently dropped its MSRP from $59.99 to $39.99 for both retail and digital versions (PlayStation Store / Xbox Live), while the Vita version is down from $39.99 to $29.99 (PlayStation Store only).



A calendar is released for the Dragon Ball franchise each year in Japan, and 2015 brings things back to the Kai branding (which has been absent for a while), no doubt due to the current broadcast of the Majin Buu arc of the “refreshed” series. The calendar will be comprised of seven A2-sized sheets with a featured image on top and two months detailed below:

The Dragon Ball Kai 2015 calendar will retail for ¥1,500 (plus tax), will be available 13 September 2014, and is available for purchase from CDJapan and Amazon Japan.



The new “Dimension of DRAGONBALL” figure for Piccolo, originally teased with the Son Goku figure announcement back in July, has been formally unveiled by Toei and Megahouse:

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As with the Son Goku figure, the vinyl/PVC Piccolo figure comes with three heads with different facial expressions (neutral, smirking, and yelling) along with a soft, cloth outfit.

Pre-orders for the 220mm figure officially open today (04 September 2014) with an expected release date in late-January 2015. The figure will retail for ¥8,000 (plus tax) and is currently available for pre-order via CDJapan and Amazon Japan.



The official website for Dragon Ball Heroes — the nearly-four-year-old, still-going-strong, card-based arcade game — has updated with a slew of promotional material for its upcoming Ja’aku Ryū Mishion 6 (“Evil Dragons Mission 6″ or “JM6″) update coming this month.

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The 15-second commercial focuses on a brief overview of the new cards along with the inclusion of Time Patrol Trunks (of prior Dragon Ball Online and upcoming Dragon Ball XENOVERSE fame).

The minute-long “Special Movie” acts as the sort of “opening” theme and animation for the update, showcasing the Dragon Ball Z Movie 2 villains as well as the Four-Star Dragon (Sì Xīng Lóng) entering the battle against the current, GT-era heroes in the on-going “JM” updates.

The three-minute-long “How to Play” video provides an overview of just that along with showcasing some of the new abilities such as the “Card Action Ability: Merge Sparking” for Goku and Vegeta referenced earlier this week in Weekly Shōnen Jump. We also get a better glimpse at the “Son Goku: Boyhood” card with the playable version of the character from Jaco the Galactic Patrolman!

The “JM6″ update to Dragon Ball Heroes will be released 11 September 2014 and players will receive 1.5X the experience points for playing during the period of 12 September 2014 to 16 September 2014. Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2, covering up through the “JM3″ update, hit the Japanese 3DS last month.



Media Create has released sales figures for the week of 25 August 2014 to 31 August 2014, noting that Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 for the Nintendo 3DS — a sequel to the first portable version of the nearly-four-year-old, still-going-strong, card-based arcade game — pushed another 8,361 copies during its fourth week in Japan.

This places the game at 128,050 total copies sold thus far. Its predecessor had fallen off the Media Create list by its fourth week back in March/April 2013, though it popped up in later weeks retroactively revealing fourth week sales of 9,097 copies with life-to-date sales at the time of 130,794 copies.

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The first game had reached 283,959 lifetime sales as of May 2014 with a long period of floating in and out of sales charts corresponding to arcade version promotions, the release of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods in theaters, and holiday breaks.

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 is available for purchase at CDJapan and Play-Asia. A Japanese system is required to play the (region-locked) game.



Today’s 2014 #40 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan details even more surprises coming to the Ja’aku Ryū Mishon 6 (“Evil Dragons Mission 6″ or “JM6″) update hitting the arcade version of Dragon Ball Heroes.

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The Super Elite comes flying into JM6 Ultimate Rare!

Shocking cards have appeared! Why, little Goku and Jaco are tearing it up!

Showcasing the character from the “Dragon Ball Minus” bonus chapter of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, the “Son Goku: Boyhood” (孫悟空:少年期) card, when added to your team as an attacker, grants the “Space-Time Transfer S” action where Jaco himself will appear. Goku’s “Cast-Away Child of Destiny” ability also grants him the potential to drastically increase his power rating. Having a Hero Energy of six or more will also grant even more ki-power damage with the galactic patrol gun. A blurb notes that the Ultimate Rare cards for “JM6″ have been increased to eight in total.

The splash also teases a “Merge Sparking” Goku coming to the November 2014 issue of V-Jump later this month (officially hitting shelves 20 September 2014). With this card and a Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta card in your party, Gogeta will be born with a, “…super ki bullet supplemental attack!” Confusingly, the blurb for the card says “Merge into Super Saiyan 3 Vegetto!” despite the card itself showing Gogeta and the rest of the text talking about Gogeta.

The “JM6″ update to the card-based Japanese arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes will be released this month. Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2, covering up through the “JM3″ update, hit the Japanese 3DS last month.



Bandai Namco has unveiled their official sub-site to promote their appearance at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show. The company’s list of titles that will be on display at the show include Dragon Ball XENOVERSE, which will be playable on the show floor alongside a trailer.

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Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2, released earlier this month for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS, will also be featured and available for play in the company’s “Family Area”.

Tokyo Game Show will be held 18 September 2014 to 21 September 2014 at Makuhari Messe convention center. The first two days are relegated to industry and press, while the public is allowed in for the final two days.

Dragon Ball XENOVERSE — currently in development by Dimps for Bandai Namco — will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, though no release date has been set. A network test will be conducted in two phases on the PlayStation 3, with the first coming in September for Japanese players and the second phase coming in October to global players.

Thanks to Super Saiyan Prime for the heads-up!



Media Create has released sales figures for the week of 18 August 2014 to 24 August 2014, noting that Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 for the Nintendo 3DS — a sequel to the first portable version of the nearly-four-year-old, still-going-strong, card-based arcade game — pushed another 10,831 copies during its third week in Japan.

This places the game at 119,689 total copies sold thus far. Its predecessor, by its third week back in March 2013, had pushed 121,697 total copies.

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The first game had reached 283,959 lifetime sales as of May 2014 with a long period of floating in and out of sales charts corresponding to arcade version promotions, the release of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods in theaters, and holiday breaks.

Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 is available for purchase at CDJapan and Play-Asia. A Japanese system is required to play the (region-locked) game.



26
Aug
2014
VegettoEX9:59 PM EDTPodcast

The extended edition of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is in the news all over again courtesy of its home release announcement for both North America and the UK. This week on the show, in addition to some Dragon Ball XENOVERSE news goodness, we take a look at the twenty minutes of extra film footage. What helps the film flow more evenly, what has been added that fills in a few holes, and how does it compare to the original theatrical cut? Tune in for the full scoop!

Be warned: the discussion expects that you have seen at least the theatrical version of Battle of Gods!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0368! VegettoEX and Julian discuss the extended version of “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods” from its original Fuji TV airing earlier in 2014. With a home release of this version planned for both North America and the UK, we dive into the extra footage to discuss its benefits to the film’s narrative flow. “Dragon Ball XENOVERSE” news also abounds with previews of its character creation mode and upcoming network test.

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