“Budokai 3” Hidden Audio Files
Published by 12 November 2004, 8:44 PM EST

I decided to go through all of the sound files on the North American release of “Budokai 3”, extracting them one-by-one from the game’s programming on the disc. Within these audio bits, I found the announcer’s… well, announcements for the characters’ names (you know, “Goku vs…!” and so on). A complete list of what I discovered is included below, written as-is from the FUNimation English dub version as spoken aloud in the game, and in order from the extracted files:

  • Goku
  • Gohan
  • Vegeta
  • Krillin
  • Trunks
  • Piccolo
  • Tien
  • Yamcha
  • Raditz
  • Nappa
  • Captain Ginyu
  • Recoome
  • Zarbon
  • Dodoria
  • Freeza
  • Android 16
  • Android 17
  • Android 18
  • Android 19
  • Cell
  • Hercule
  • Great Saiyaman
  • Saibaman
  • Cell Jr.
  • Dr. Gero
  • Goten
  • Majin Boo
  • Dabura
  • Videl
  • Supreme Kai
  • Shin
  • Oob
  • Cooler
  • Bardock
  • Broly
  • Omega Shenron
  • Saibaman
  • Cell Jr.
  • Bulma

Yes, “Cell Jr.” and “Saibaman” get two entries. It is worth noting that the Zarbon, Dodoria, and Android 19 audio bits are indeed new recordings, and not simply left over from the first “Budokai” game when they last appeared (having been removed for “Budokai 2” and are still not playable here in “Budokai 3”). Then there’s “Shin”; if that was meant to be Kaiōshin, why would “Supreme Kai” already be there, too? The biggest surprise is — naturally — “Bulma”.

These announcements come from the “World Tournament” mode, which does not include fusions and possible alternate-outfits. This is all pretty interesting, especially considering we are hearing that Bardock has an alternate outfit that is quite Tullece-like.

I just went through all 4500+ sound files I could decrypt from the game. I did not hear any Bulma fighting sounds / attacks (or #19, Zarbon, Dodoria). There is a crapload of Bulma audio from what sounds like “Dragon Universe” (the game’s single-player story mode that expands upon a single character’s adventures) and audio specifically regarding getting Vegeta to Super Saiyan 4 (which backs up what a little birdie told me weeks ago). I also hear absolutely no Yamhan (“Tiencha”) or Gotan (“Gokule”), or any other fusions besides Vegetto, Gogeta, and Gotenks, for that matter.

I know I am not hearing EVERYTHING, though; lots of stuff is hidden away elsewhere in the game’s programming. In none of these files did I hear the everyday, normal Kamehameha, Buster Cannon, etc. “regular” attacks and fighting sounds, so they are probably elsewhere in the game, and not with this batch.

There could be a chance that these characters are actually in there… or they could be not.

Just because these files exist does not necessarily mean any one specific thing. They could be extra files, they could be things that were never finished, they could mean things that we just cannot even comprehend yet.

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