Earlier this month a new Dragon Ball Z video game called Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden has been released in Japan exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. Even though the series is incredibly popular in the West, a North American and European release wasn’t announced and the fact that the previous entry of the series released on Nintendo DS wasn’t localized made fans fear that even the new game would be a Japanese exclusive. Thankfully, this won’t be the case.
Bandai Namco has confirmed with a new press release that Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden will be released in North America and Europe this October, Precisely, the game will hit Europe, Australia and the Middle-East on October 16th and on October 20th in North America.
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden has been developed by Arc System Works, a team that’s well known by fighting games fans as it’s the team behind several excellent 2D fighting games such as the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series. The team is also remembered for two fighting games based on the Persona series that have been released in the recent past on consoles.
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden features 20 playable characters and over 100 assist characters that can help players during the match. While the roster isn’t as extensive as expected, all fighters play quite differently from one another. The game also includes a single player mode which players have to play through in order to unlock all characters
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden has also received a playable demo in Japan in the past few weeks. The demo includes playable characters Goku, Kid Gohan, Vegeta, and Majin Buu, and support characters Tien, Recoome, Korin, Turtle, Super Uub, Mercenary Tao, Hercule, and The Great Saiyaman. Data from the game’s demo can also be used to unlock Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku in the full game. More news on a possible Western release of the demo will surely come in as we get closer to the game’s release date.
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is now available in Japan exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. The game will be released on October 16th in Europe, Middle-East and Australia and on October 20th in North America.