While the upcoming 360/PS3/Vita outing Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is getting a lot of attention recently, the nearly-three-years-old arcade brawler Zenkai Battle Royale continues to receive balance updates and additional characters to its already-impressive roster.
Revealed in today’s December 2013 issue of V-Jump in Japan is news that Bardock will be joining the fight!
Bardock is able to take damage received and turn it into power to deal back even more significantly against his opponent.
A side column teases what is clearly Coola — “that elder brother” — in his final form from the fifth Dragon Ball Z movie. At this time, the magazine simply urges players to look forward to more information. Last year Zarbon was teased in a similar way, with the official reveal coming soon after.
This week’s 2013 #47 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump as well as today’s December 2013 issue of V-Jump in Japan finally reveal a release date — 23 January 2014 — for the Dragon Ball franchise’s next mainline fighting game outing, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z.
Namco-Bandai has yet to reveal a release date for international (specifically North American and European) versions of the game, though we do already know that the Vita version will be digital-only in our own territory.
Additionally, today’s issue of V-Jump reveals more of the giant boss characters that players will battle against in the game:
Ōzaru Bardock, Hildegarn, as well as the “core” version of Metal Coola join the fray in Battle of Z!
Namco-Bandai also released the second full-length promotional video for the game, which showcases much of what was already seen in the most recent English video, but also showcases FLOW’s version of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” and provides the game’s pricing structure.
On the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the game will run ¥7,480, with the Vita version running ¥6,480.
A new smartphone game — following on the heels of the occasionally-disastrous Dragon Ball: Tap Battle — is coming soon to both Android and iOS devices in Japan called simply Dragon Ball RPG: Shōnen-hen (“Boyhood Chapter”).
The game is revealed in today’s December 2013 issue of V-Jump in Japan with a note that it is coming soon (apparently this very month). Tap Battle came slightly ahead of schedule with its original Android release, so we should see Dragon Ball RPG rather soon, as well — October is just about over!
With the game having a “Boyhood Chapter” subtitle, it is likely we will see this game cover the early portion of the Dragon Ball storyline with a possible follow-up down the road covering later parts of the story.
As our buddy Super Saiyan Prime points out, the key art used for this new mobile game is recycled from Dragon Ball DS 2 / Origins 2 on the Nintendo DS:
It remains to be seen exactly how much — if anything — will be recycled, but we will plow through the game as soon as we get a chance!
Selecta Visión has been on a roll recently, tossing out even more remasters of the various Dragon Ball series, and now coming out swinging again with the big announcement that many fans in Spain have been waiting for: Battle of Gods has been licensed!
The announcement was made alongside a screening of the film at this year’s Sitges Festival. There are no specific details yet about a release date/plan, but the company urges its fans to stay tuned to their Facebook page for more information.
Thanks to sangofe and MrKaytos for the heads-up.
On 13 September 2013, months following the premiere of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods in theaters across Japan, Toei finally released the franchise’s first theatrical film in 17 years to the home video market. We gave everyone a first glimpse at the packaging as our own Julian (“SaiyaJedi”) received his copy a day before its official release. Now join us again, as we add our detailed information pages to the “Home Video Guide“!
The film’s home video was released in “Standard” and “Limited” edition packaging, with both editions available in DVD and Blu-ray formats. While the “Standard Edition” release is your typical single disc release, with a few bonus features, the “Limited Edition” release comes jam-packed with special presents, a second disc of bonus features, and the inclusion of the Dragon Ball “Jump Super Anime Tour 2008″ Special. In addition to all that, a special booklet was included highlighting various aspects of the film, along with an exclusive introductory message from Akira Toriyama.
If you haven’t done so already, you can still pick up a copy for yourself from the following online retailers:
An upcoming “Dragon Ball Heroes: Special Binder Box Set 2″ gives us a close look at the “new chapter” coming to the card-based arcade game in Japan, and more specifically at the adult, GT-styled Gotenks.
9ポケットバインダーセットがドラゴンボールヒーローズで登場!高級感のある豪華金箔押し仕様のバインダーに加え、9枚の強力なカードがセット。付属の9枚のカードを組み替えることで、5種類の強力な戦略でデッキを作ることが可能!【商品内容】バインダー1冊、9ポケットリフィル10枚、バトルカード9枚 (・孫悟空:GT 超サイヤ人4[CAAチェンジバースト] ・孫悟天:GT 超サイヤ人[CAAロックオン] ・トランクス:GT 超サイヤ人 ・ブロリー 伝説の超サイヤ人[CAAチェンジバースト] ・ベジット 超サイヤ人[CAAロックオン] ・ゴジータ 超サイヤ人 ・ピッコロ ・孫悟空:幼年期 ・亀仙人[新1弾実装の新CAA] *ラインナップは変更になる可能性あり。*9ポケットリフィル (別売) が追加可能。
A 9-pocket binder set appears for Dragon Ball Heroes!! In addition to the deluxe gold-leaf inlaid binder with high-quality feel, comes a set of 9 powerful cards. By mixing and matching the 9 included cards, it is possible to create a deck with five kinds of powerful tactics!
PRODUCT CONTENTS: 1 binder, 10 nine-pocket pages, 9 battle cards (Super Saiyan 4 Son Goku: GT [Card Action Ability: Change Burst], Super Saiyan Son Goten: GT [CAA: Lock On], Super Saiyan Trunks: GT, Legendary Super Saiyan Broli [CAA: Change Burst], Super Saiyan Vegetto [CAA: Lock On], Super Saiyan Gogeta, Piccolo, Goku: Childhood, Kame-Sen’nin [New CAA Implemented in New Stage 1] — lineup subject to change).
* 9-pocket refills (sold separately) may be added.
The binder is due out in Japan 14 December 2013 for ¥3,150 MSRP, though Amazon Japan currently has it on pre-order for ¥2,704.
Thanks to HECTOR4 for the heads-up!
The J-Stars Victory Vs updates are coming fast and furious now. Tokyo Game Show brought us a slew of new character and gameplay updates, and issues of Jump-branded magazines are filling in even more gaps, with next week’s upcoming 2013 #47 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan (due out on Monday, 21 October) announcing even more for the crossover fighting game extravaganza.
Following on the heels of last week’s announcement that Medaka Kurokami of Medaka Box would be a playable character, the characters to be introduced next week are all female.
Three of the four characters introduced this time are support characters: Lala Satalin Deviluke of To Love-Ru will restore the player’s stamina; Chitoge Kirisaki from Nisekoi can disable opposing support characters with a stinging slap; and Rukia Kuchiki from Bleach can freeze opponents using her Zanpakutō, leaving them open to attack. The lone fighter among next week’s additions is “Pirate Empress” Boa Hancock of One Piece, who will be able to use the Devil Fruit powers of her “Love-Love Fruit” to turn opponents to stone.
Perhaps most important of all is the game’s release date and pricing scheme. The game will finally drop 19 March 2014 in Japan on both the PlayStation 3 and Vita, with normal and “Limited Edition” versions of both. The “Limited Edition” will run ¥10,980 yen and ¥9,980 yen on the PS3 and Vita respectively, with the normal edition running ¥7,980 and ¥6,980 for the same platforms. The release date announcement also mentions a limited-edition “Anime Song Sound Edition” (presumably containing vocal songs from included series’ respective animated adaptations, though there is no actual explanation of the item) to go on sale at the same time, but it is also unclear at the moment whether this is the same as and included within the “Limited Edition” listed above, or represents a separate product with an as-yet unannounced price.
Online retailers have yet to update with appropriate listings for the four different SKUs, but we will keep you updated and point you in the right direction as soon as they are available. The PS3 and Vita are both essentially region-free, with only minor caveats thrown into the mix (such as Persona 4 Arena being software-region-locked on home consoles, and the Vita generally requiring multiple memory cards for multiple profiles and reboots, though they both will indeed play games from all regions).
The official website for J-Stars Victory Vs — the upcoming crossover fighting game for the PlayStation 3 and Vita featuring all sorts of characters from various Jump franchises — has updated with even more screen shots showcasing new characters and background stages.
Of most interest for Dragon Ball fans is the website’s formal introduction to Vegeta:
DEFEATING KAKARROT IS MY JOB…
Proud prince of the Saiyan warrior race. An elite with a high battle power from birth, his pride is also extremely great. He is also Goku’s eternal rival, who was once a brutal, evil warrior, but gained a new heart over the course of his battles with Goku & co.
When we last left J Legend Retsuden — the upcoming, Japanese, Nintendo 3DS compilation of older Jump-property-based video games — another Dragon Ball game was being included as a bonus download with first-run orders.
This week’s 2013 #46 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan reveals another inclusion for the compilation: Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 from the Super Famicom.
Originally released at the end of 1993, Super Butōden 2 — a favorite here at Kanzenshuu! — greatly expanded upon the first fighting game for the franchise with refined controls, new characters (including two unlockable characters), new background stages, and a branching story mode incorporating the Cell arc as well as Dragon Ball Z Movie 9.
Jump sadly notes that this will be the final inclusion in the compilation, bringing the total to 10 games:
- Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo (Famicom)
- Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu (Famicom)
- Dragon Ball Z: Kyōshū! Saiya-jin (Famicom)
- Saint Seiya: Gold Legend (Famicom)
- Saint Seiya: Gold Legend Finale (Famicom)
- Charge! Men’s Private School (Famicom)
- Go! Go! Ackman 3 (Super Famicom)
- Yū Yū Hakusho (Super Famicom)
- Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 (Super Famicom)
- Dragon Ball Z: Gekishin Furīza!! (Famicom; download-only bonus)
J Legend Retsuden is due out exclusively in Japan 07 November 2013 for ¥4,980. Play-Asia is currently offering the game for pre-order at $47.49 with free shipping until 24 October 2013.
Be sure to check out Episode #0311 of our podcast for an exhaustive retrospective of all the mainline Super Butōden games, along with a few of its later and more recent successors.
Along with the Dragon Ball franchise’s main outing, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (hitting the 360, PS3, and Vita sometime in early 2014), the multiplayer crossover brawler J-Stars Victory Vs was also shown off by Namco-Bandai at this year’s Tokyo Game Show.
In addition to being playable on the show floor, a second promotional video was also on display during the event, which was uploaded to YouTube last week by the company:
Tarō Yamada from Chin’yūki will also appear as a playable rival character. New battle mechanics include various attacks such as “Hero Action”, “Combination Attack”, “Victory Voltage”, “Trap”, and a “Support Character” you can call on. Showcased as a support character is Jaguar Jun’ichi from Pyū to Fuku! Jaguar.
This past week’s 2013 #45 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump also revealed two more character additions to the game: Medaka Kurokami and Misogi Kumagawa from Medaka Box. Medaka, the fearsome Student-Council President, can move “faster than the speed of sound” to strike her enemies, and apparently also includes a “fierce god mode”. Misogi Kumagawa is a support-only character, who is apparently able to attack and weaken enemy characters.
The game’s official website has been detailing some of the background stages, including Alabasta (One Piece), Planet Namek (Dragon Ball), and Vegetable Sky (Toriko):
J-Stars Victory Vs will be available on the PlayStation 3 and Vita. No official release date or price have been revealed.