Modern Handheld Dragon Ball Games
This section will cover every DragonBall game on the 2 modern hand held video game systems: the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.
- Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2
- Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu
- Dragon Ball: Origins
- Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans
- Dragon Ball: Origins 2
- Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butôden
- Untitled DragonBall game (2011)
Listed in order of North American release date. Metacritic scores are provided below the title, platform, genre, and release date for each game so you can click the link to read many professional and amateur reviews on the game. Click the image to the right of each game to enlarge its box art.
Dragonball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 (Nintendo DS) / Fighting / November 20th, 2005
Metacritic: 66/100 (Mixed or average reviews)
A direct sequel to the 2004 Gameboy Advance fighting game for the Nintendo DS. Super Sonic Warriors 2 shares the same type of gameplay as the first even though it was created by a different developer.
The game pits two characters against each other in large environments, where they fight mostly in the air. The player can use weak and strong variations of close combat attacks, and charge their ki to fire strong and weak energy blasts. Each character also has three unique “Certain Kill” abilities that deal heavy damage to the opponent. The Certain Kill ability varies depending on where the player is located – above, below or horizontal to the opponent. The game also features tag team options, which allow up to three characters on each side to fight against one another. Unfortunately, there’s been no word on a sequel to Supersonic Warriors 2 coming out.
Dragonball Z: Shin Budokai (PSP) / Fighting / March 7th, 2006
Metacritic: 70/100 (Mixed or average reviews)
Shin Budokai is the PSP equivalent of the PS2 Budokai games. It looks impressively similar for a handheld game, and the gameplay is almost identical. It’s basically what you’d expect from a DBZ fighting game and nothing more.
The game’s story mode is based on the movie Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn. The choices the player makes in the story determine how the story progresses. Other modes include Arcade (where you battle random CPU opponents one after another) and Z-Trial (with two game types: survival and time attack).
Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai 2: Another Road (PSP) / Fighting / March 20th, 2007
Metacritic: 65/100 (Mixed or average reviews)
The sequel to the first Shin Budokai. It share the same type of gamplay, however the game features a brand new story that tells the tale of Majin Buu being released in Future Trunks’ Timeline.
While some fans appreciated the unique “what-if” story that didn’t faithfully follow the DBZ series like so many other games, others thought it slowed down the action and was poorly written and uninteresting.
Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu (Nintendo DS) / Card / June 5th, 2007
Metacritic: 57/100 (Mixed or average reviews)
This is a card based RPG for the Nintendo DS. I’ll let Namco Bandai do the rest of the explaining.
Dragon Ball Z Harukanaru Densetsu is an all new DBZ experience for the Nintendo DS. Harukanaru Densetsu combines strategic card based gameplay and role playing to deliver a game that is easy to understand but hard to master. Players’ progression is determined through their use of the cards to evolve characters, strengthen moves and create new moves.
Dragon Ball: Origins (Nintendo DS) / Adventure / November 4th, 2008
Metacritic: 78/100 (Generally favorable reviews)
The first action/adventure game for the modern handheld systems, Dragonball: Origins allows players to control Goku (and Bulma) with the Nintendo DS stylus – no buttons for attacks, but you can still use the D-Pad optionally for movement. The game plays similarly to the two “The Legend of Zelda” games for DS, and that’s not a bad thing.
The game’s primary mode is the “Episode Select,” where players are given the option of playing each episode installment in chronological order or play them at random. Players can revisit these installments to either try to earn a higher rank or search for items they missed. As each installment is completed, a new installment is unlocked. Some levels contain racing elements for variety where players, on Nimbus, must arrive at a particular point or catch up with an opponent with a time limit or before the opponent moves out of range.
Dragonball: Evolution (PSP) / Fighting / April 8th, 2009
Metacritic: 28/100 (Generally unfavorable reviews)
The only game based on the live-action Dragonball movie, Dragonball Evolution for the PSP is simply terrible. It was panned by almost every critic, and the gaming website IGN even went so far to say that it could be the worst PSP game ever made. If that doesn’t turn you off, the overly simple gameplay – ripped straight from Dragonball Z: Shin Budokai but made much worse – and horrible story mode will.
Dragonball Evolution loosely follows the events of the movie through cinematics consisting of photo stills and text. The gameplay is like any Budokai game before it but simplified even further and without certain iconic abilities such as the power of flight or “Super Saiyan” transformations. Only a handful of characters from the movie are selectable to fight as, but this does mark the first time Bulma is featured as a playable character (albeit the butchered DBE version of her).
Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans (Nintendo DS) / RPG / November 10th, 2009
Metacritic: 73/100 (Mixed or average reviews)
Attack of the Saiyans is the first true DBZ RPG for the modern handheld systems. In the game you can play as an assortment of different Dragon Ball heroes in a traditional JRPG party.
The game is a turn based RPG that starts at the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai and ends after the Saiyan Saga. There’s been rumors regarding a sequel but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Dragon Ball: Origins 2 (Nintendo DS) / Adventure / June 22nd, 2010
Metacritic: 71/100 (Mixed or average reviews)
Origins 2 is a direct sequel to the first game for Nintendo DS. Just like the original, it’s an action/adventure game starring Goku and friends with gameplay similar to the two “The Legend of Zelda” games for DS (the same style of graphics, puzzles, exploration and so on). It wasn’t as well received by critics but it’s still safe to bet if you enjoyed the first game you’ll enjoy the sequel. A playable demo was made available on the Nintendo Channel which players can access online through their Nintendo Wii console.
The game allows players, again with the stylus and touchscreen (or optionally with the D-Pad and buttons), to take on the role of Goku who must find the seven mythical Dragon Balls and stop the evil organization known as the Red Ribbon Army from achieving their goal of world domination. The Japanese game comes included with an emulated version of the original 1986 Famicom video game Shenlong no Nazo as a bonus feature, but this was removed in the North American release for unknown reasons.
Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team (PSP) / Fighting / October 19th, 2010
Metacritic: 66/100 (Mixed or average reviews)
DragonBall Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team for the Sony PSP is a 2 vs. 2 tag-team fighter. It features 70 playable and customizable characters and various single- and multi-player modes that allow players to enjoy key missions from the anime series. The game and a playable demo on PSN are now available.
Players can play alone or multiplayer via Ad Hoc. The game includes modes such as 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 Buu 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.
DragonBall Kai: Ultimate Butôden (Nintendo DS) / Fighting / February 3rd, 2011
Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butoden is a new fighting game for Nintendo DS. It will cover every story arc in Dragon Ball Kai, all the way to the Buu saga. The game is planned for release in Japan on February 3rd, 2011. No North American release date has been announced yet. Stay tuned to the front page of Dragonball Legends for the latest news and developments on this video game.
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