“Raging Blast 2” & “Tenkaichi Tag Team” US Announcement
Published by 11 May 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

We just learned about Raging Blast 2 over the last couple days, and TAG VS was announced almost exactly one month ago for Japan. Today, however, Namco-Bandai has officially announced both games for North American distribution. Both will be coming this fall, though no specific time frame was given beyond that. With no time frame given in Japan for the games yet, either, we will put an educated guess out there that we will see release dates pretty close to simultaneous worldwide.

The official press release received is as follows:

Duo of Hyperkinetic Dragon Ball Games Blasts onto Multiple Consoles This Fall

BARCELONA, Spain, (May 11, 2010) – Leading video games developer and publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., announced today two highly anticipated Dragon Ball® Z fighting titles, Dragon Ball® Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team™ for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, and Dragon Ball®: Raging Blast™ 2 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

For the first time ever Dragon Ball Z fans can enter into high-impact two vs. two combat in Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team for the PSP system. Play solo or team up via Ad Hoc mode to tackle memorable battles in a variety of single player and multiplayer modes, including Dragon Walker, Battle 100, and Survival Mode. Dragon Walker Mode takes fans through the entire epic Dragon Ball Z story arc from the Saiyan saga to the Majin Boo saga. Battle 100 Mode tasks players to relive the most epic encounters and newly created situations from the Dragon Ball Z world in ever increasingly difficult situations. With more than 70 playable and deeply customizable characters, multiple modes, and Ad Hoc Party gameplay, Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team is chock full of gameplay for your portable PSP system.

Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 is the sequel to last year’s high-flying, fast-hitting, and intense versus battles series. Dragon Ball Z fans can rest assured that the destructible environment, and character trademark attacks and transformations will be true to the series. These include signature Pursuit Attacks which enable players to initiate attack combo strings, juggling your opponent in a string of devastating strikes throughout the environment. Additionally, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 will sport the new Raging Soul System which enables characters to reach a special state, increasing their combat abilities to the ultimate level. Sporting more than 90 characters, 20 of which are brand new to the Raging Blast series, new modes, and additional environmental effects, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 is the next evolution in the home console series.

Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team for the PSP system, and Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system will be available this Fall.

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With TAG VS getting a domestic re-name with “Tenkaichi” in the title, it would be a safe bet to assume the game will play similar to the Sparking! series of PS2 games (which were re-named as Budokai Tenkaichi here in the states), and which Raging Blast was itself a successor to.

At this point, all new-and-currently-announced Japanese video games have now been announced for North American distribution. Dragon Ball DS 2 is coming out 22 June 2010 as Dragon Ball Origins 2, and now both Raging Blast 2 and TAG VS (re-named Tenkaichi Tag Team) are covered.

UPDATE: Both Raging Blast 2 and Tenkaichi Tag Team have been confirmed for European release in the fall, as well.

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