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0402 August 2015
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Zenkai Battlethe upcoming, 3.0 upgrade to the Japan-exclusive, arcade-only, multiplayer fighting game — will receive a new team rematch mode.

The “One More Game!” mode will allow players who win in Team Battle mode to request to play together again in the next match. If both players request the feature, they will continue onward together.

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An additional update on the game is promised for 03 July 2015.

Super Saiyan 3 Son Goku and Vegeta will join the roster for the game’s 3.0 Zenkai Battle update. The game’s update will both launch and be on display at this year’s Jump Victory Carnival next month. 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 official Twitter account for Dragon Ball Super has started a daily countdown leading up to the series’ debut 05 July 2015. Today’s entry, starting with ten days until the premiere, focuses on the promotional poster:

「ドラゴンボール超」放送開始の7月5日まであと10日!何か毎日ネタを探して当日までカウントダウンしていきます!今日のネタは…完成間近の番宣ポスター!「改」の隣に貼ってみましたー(S)
※地域によって放送開始日・時間が異なります


There’s 10 days remaining until Dragon Ball Super‘s July 5th debut! Until then, we’ll be counting down with daily content! For today, we’ve got… a nearly complete promotional poster! We’ve hung it up next to Kai (S)
*Air date and time varies by region

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Dragon Ball Super, which begins airing 05 July 2015 on Fuji TV, is the first all-new TV series for the franchise in 18 years. The story and characters will be developed by original manga author Akira Toriyama, will star veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa, and will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka. The series will, “…follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace.” A manga adaptation from “Toyotarō” will run each month in V-Jump starting with this month’s August 2015 issue.



The upcoming Dragon Ball Super TV series will receive a “Super Start Guide” courtesy of V-Jump just in time for its debut. Very little is known about the magazine-style guide book, but the official website for Dragon Ball Heroes has revealed a small image of its cover:

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The book will contain information on the “mysterious characters” (one of whom we know is “Champa”), will include a “super comment” from Akira Toriyama, as well as more information about the series’ production. The guide will also come packed with a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (SSGSS) Son Goku card (GDPJ-06) for the arcade version of Dragon Ball Heroes.

The V-Jump Special Edition: TV Animation “Dragon Ball Super” Super Start Guide will hit magazine stands in Japan 03 July 2015 for ¥750. Copies are available to pre-order from CDJapan and Amazon Japan.

Thanks to TheDevilsCorpse for the heads-up!



While the rest of the world has to wait until October, Japan just wrapped up its second week with Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden on the Nintendo 3DS.

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According to the Media Create sales list for the reporting period of 15 June 2015 to 21 June 2015, the game pushed another 16,443 copies, coming in as the fifth-best selling game of the week. This brings the game up to 91,102 cumulative copies sold.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden launched in Japan 11 June 2015. First-press copies of the game come packed with bonus content, including a downloadable version of the Super Famicom game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 (previously included as a part of the J-Legend Retsuden compilation game; albeit now with replacement music). Arc System Works developed the game for Bandai Namco. The developer previously worked on the Bukū… / Supersonic Warriors games on the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and DS.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden is currently available for order from CDJapan. The Nintendo 3DS / New Nintendo 3DS are region-locked; a Japanese system is required for the game to play.



Zenkai Battle Royale — the Japan-exclusive, arcade-only, multiplayer fighting game — is receiving a new “3.0” update (following the 2.0 “Super Saiyan Awakening” update in 2012), simply titled Zenkai Battle.

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「ドラゴンボールZENKAIバトルロイヤル」が、2対2の「チーム戦」をメインとして進化を遂げる!!
チーム戦ならではの「新システム」!そして新たな「戦略」!超戦士達の闘いは新たなステージに突入だ!
全国のプレイヤーと2人でチームを組んで敵チームと勝負っ!
パートナーと協力し息を合わせて勝利を掴もうぜっ!


Dragon Ball: ZENKAI Battle Royale will evolve into mainly 2-on-2 “team battles”!!
A “new system” that you can only find in team battles! Plus new “strategies”! The super-warriors’ battles will burst on to new stages! Partner up with players nationwide and face off against an opposing team!
Cooperate with your partner, synchronize your breathing, and grab hold of victory!

The game’s official website, in conjunction with the August 2015 issue of V-Jump, reveals that Super Saiyan 3 Son Goku and Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta will be joining the roster as playable characters.

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Additional information is promised for this week.

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The game’s 3.0 update will both launch and be on display at this year’s Jump Victory Carnival next month.

The most recent additions to the roster have included Golden Freeza and Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (SSGSS) Son Goku from Revival of “F”.

Super Saiyan 3 Vegeta was developed for the Dragon Battlers card-based arcade game in 2009 before making his way to Raging Blast on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 later that same year.

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.



Bandai Namco have announced that the Nintendo 3DS game Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden will make its way — with its name intact! — to Europe and the Americas this October.

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Localized versions will be released in Europe 16 October 2015 with an American release following suit 20 October 2015.

The announcement comes following a couple very specific teases from the company.

DRAGON BALL Z EXTREME BUTODEN to be released in Europe, Middle-East, and Australasia
Goku and His Friends Are Back!

June 23, 2015 – BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe is proud to announce that DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN will be available in Europe, Middle-East and Australasia starting October 16th!

Developed by the famed Arc System Works teams, DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN contains tons amazing features bound to energetic and visually attractive fighting-games! With 20 playable characters and more than 100 support characters, fans will be more than happy to look for their favourite team composition and duke it out!

“Following the success of DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE, we wanted to keep on bringing awesomeness to our fans and make them as happy as ever. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe is listening to fans and will keep on surprising them over the next few years! In the meantime, everybody will enjoy a high quality fighting-game based on one of the most emblematic Anime & Manga ever created!” said Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of Marketing & Digital at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe

DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN will be available in Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Australasia on October 16th only for Nintendo 3DS™ and new Nintendo 3DS™ systems!

DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN ANNOUNCED FOR THE AMERICAS FROM BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INC.
Goku and Friends Bring Earth Shaking 2D Fighting Action to the Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL

SAN JOSE, Calif., (June 23, 2015) – Leading digital entertainment company BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is proud to announce DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN for the Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL handheld system. The game will be available at game retailers and the Nintendo eShop across the Americas starting October 20, 2015.

Developed by famed fighting game designers at Arc System Works, DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN brings high energy 1-on-1 2D fighting action to fans around the world. With more than 20 playable characters and 100 support characters, fans will be able to create their dream matchups and come to blows with friends through local multiplayer.

“The DRAGON BALL Z franchise continues to delight gamers around the world, most recently with this year’s release of DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN lets players take DRAGON BALL on the road while delivering a tight and engrossing fighting game experience developed by one of the most respected 2D fighting game developers in Japan.”

DRAGON BALL Z: EXTREME BUTODEN will be available at video game retailers and the Nintendo eShop throughout North America and Latin America starting on October 20, 2015 and in Brazil on October 23, 2015 exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL handheld systems.

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Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden launched in Japan 11 June 2015. First-press copies of the game come packed with bonus content, including a downloadable version of the Super Famicom game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 (previously included as a part of the J-Legend Retsuden compilation game; albeit now with replacement music). Arc System Works developed the game for Bandai Namco. The developer previously worked on the Bukū… / Supersonic Warriors games on the Nintendo GameBoy Advance and DS.

Check out Episode #0382 of our podcast for early impressions and story teases based on the import version!



Japanese rock band Good Morning America has revealed that the CD single for their song “Hello Hello Hello” — which will be used as the closing theme to the Dragon Ball Super TV series beginning next month — will be released in Japan on 12 August 2015.

An additional song titled “Have Some Cider” (サイダーでも飲んで) will also be included, along with another yet-to-be-named song that has not been recorded. The CD single (COCA-17044) will retail for ¥1,000 plus tax and is currently listed on Amazon Japan for pre-order.

In the same update, the band revealed that they will now be hosted on the TRIAD rock label which was founded by Columbia Japan in 1981. The label had gone dormant by 2007, but has recently seen a revival in new artists. The label previously produced the work of the famous rock band The Yellow Monkey, which itself disbanded in 2004. The band’s former lead vocalist, Kazuya Yoshii, will be performing the opening theme for Dragon Ball Super, “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!”.

Good Morning America previously contributed the third overall closing theme (and first of the Majin Buu arc) for the Dragon Ball Kai TV series, “Dear Zarathustra“.



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Jun
2015
VegettoEX7:23 PM EDTPodcast

It is the calm before the storm: though we received the name of a new character coming our way in Dragon Ball Super, the news has otherwise been relatively light. This last week was a perfect opportunity to dive in to Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden on the Japanese Nintendo 3DS. Come for the news, stay for the game review!

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SHOW DESCRIPTION:
Episode #0382! VegettoEX and Herms discuss the reveal of “Champa” for “Dragon Ball Super” before diving in to early impressions of “Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden” for the Japanese Nintendo 3DS. While the new game invokes the old Super Famicom series, does it live up to the pedigree set by both the old games as well as 2011’s “Ultimate Butoden” on the original Nintendo DS? Did Arc System Works deliver a technical masterpiece, or just phone it in on the portable space?

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Enjoy! Discuss this episode on the Kanzenshuu forum, and be sure to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Tumblr.



In addition to a wealth of other news and information, today’s August 2015 issue of V-Jump in Japan marks the beginning of the Dragon Ball Super manga adaptation by Toyotarō.

We have expanded the “Official Manga Spin-Offs” section of our “Manga Guide” to include this new adaptation. Look forward each month to chapter summmaries, notes, and more.

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A page for the first chapter — “The God of Destruction’s Prophetic Dream” — is now available. Enjoy!



In conjunction with today’s August 2015 issue of V-Jump, Japanese entertainment and news websites have revealed the name of a new character coming to the Dragon Ball Super TV series:

“Champa” (シャンパ / shanpa) is pronounced with a “sh” sound at the beginning, in all likelihood taking its inspiration from シャンパン (shanpan or “champagne”), following with Beerus’ and Whis’ name pun series.

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V-Jump provides little additional context, teasing the character further:

His Name is Champa!!
Revealed in the main visual!! Who the heck is this new character “Champa” that’s next to Beerus…?!

The name for the corresponding attendant-type character seen along with Champa on the official website has not yet been revealed.

Dragon Ball Super, which begins airing 05 July 2015 on Fuji TV, is the first all-new TV series for the franchise in 18 years. The story and characters will be developed by original manga author Akira Toriyama, will star veteran voice actress Masako Nozawa, and will be directed by Kimitoshi Chioka. The series will, “…follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace.” A manga adaptation from “Toyotarō” will run each month in V-Jump starting this same August 2015 issue.