It never occurred to me that I should probably check the audio on the first “Budokai” game. I wanted to check the announcer recordings of DBZ1 vs DBZ3 with characters like Zarbon & Dodoria to determine concretely if they were left-over recordings, or new ones done specifically for the third game.
What I found was even more interesting.
DRAGON BALL Z: BUDOKAI (1)
In addition to the regular playable characters we all know, the following additional announcements are indeed on the disc:
- “Saibaman versus…!”
- “Cell Jr. versus…!”
- “Cui versus…!”
Saibaiman and Cell Jr. had not been playable characters until the third game, yet have been fully complete since the first game (as NON-playable characters). Quite interesting. Perhaps they were intended to be playable, at some point? Or maybe just as testing devices for the play-testers to use in World Tournament? And what’s up with Kewi being in there? Was he intended to be a character, and was simply never finished?
DRAGON BALL Z: BUDOKAI 2
Absolutely nothing of interest not already known.
DRAGON BALL Z: BUDOKAI 3
The main goal (before finding extra DBZ1 audio!) was to compare the announcing of character names with DBZ1 announcements. If they were not the exact same sounding, that means they were new recordings, and recorded for some reason. Well, they sure are new recordings, so that solves that one.