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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai

MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
69
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PlayStation 2
71
3.4

Advertising Blurbs

www.software-pyramide.com - PlayStation 2 (German):
    Erlebe die wichtigsten Situationen der Dragoball Z Abenteuer in einem spannenden Action-Spektakel mit Rollenspielelementen. Wähle deinen Lieblingscharakter und spiele mit oder gegen die bekanntesten Figuren aus der Kult TV-Serie. Alle Protagonisten können im Laufe des Abenteuers mit Preisgeldern ausgebaut und durch Vergabe von gewonnenen Skills verbessert werden. Am Ende wartet ein unerbitterlicher Endkampf, und wehe, du bist nicht stark genug. FEATURES: - Detaillierte 3D-Engine mit Manga Comicgrafikeffekten - Detailgetreue Animationen der Charaktere wie in der TV Serie - 7 verschiedene Spielmodi: Story, Battle, Practice, Skill Edit, Tenkaichi, Budokai plus ein versteckter Modus, der freigespielt werden muss - Kämpfe mit oder gegen die beliebtesten Figuren von Dragonball Z.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66224) on Jan 26, 2009.

www.nintendo.com.au – GameCube:
    Dragon Ball Z: Budokai is an authentic and deep 3D fighting game set in the spectacular world of DBZ and filled with the fiercest fighters the universe has ever known.

    Test your skills against the most powerful Dragon Ball Z heroes and the most sinister villains. Every battle is more intense, more dangerous, and more epic than the one before. Will you be the last warrior standing? Dragon Ball Z: Budokai allows gamers to play as any one of 23 mighty Dragon Ball Z characters, many of them unlockable, and unleash up to 60 combo moves for each character.

    Players will be able to fight in five epic play modes including: Story, Duel, Practice, Tournament and Legend of Hercule. Unlock characters and faithfully follow the DBZ story from Saiyan Saga through Cell Games in Story mode, or earn Zenie to purchase capsules and customise characters in Tournament mode. Fighting skill capsules collected throughout the game can also be traded with other players!

    Dragon Ball Z: Budokai for GameCube offers cleaner character graphics, which offer more detail and less distortion.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54193) on Oct 02, 2005.

Press Release - PlayStation 2:

    INFOGRAMES UNLEASHES THE POWER OF DRAGON BALL Z(R): BUDOKAI(TM) ON PLAYSTATION(R) 2



    Date: December 04, 2002

    New Fighting Game Invites Players to Relive Their Favorite Dragon Ball Z(R) Battles on Leading Next-Generation System BEVERLY, Mass., Dec. 4 -- Achieving an incredible convergence between one of the leading anime and television properties ever created and the interactive entertainment world, Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFGM) today announced that it has shipped Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(TM) for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Already heralded for its authenticity, depth and excitement, Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(TM) is hitting store shelves in time for the holiday season.

    Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(TM) spans from the Saiyan(TM) Saga through Cell Games and allows players to experience the fantastic confrontations that define the Dragon Ball Z® universe. Choose from five heart-pounding fighting modes, including Story Mode, where players reenact some of the most exciting fighting scenes from the animated series, and Tournament Mode, where players can face off to crown a single Dragon Ball Z® fighting champion.

    A true parallel to the television series, which was the top rated show among all U.S. cable TV programs for boys 9-14, tweens 9-14 and men 12-24 during this season's launch lineup, Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(TM) puts players in some of the show's most intense battles and heightens the star quality of the game via the inclusion of the actual voice actors from the show. To date, the Dragon Ball®, Dragon Ball Z® & Dragon Ball GT® franchises have generated more than three billion dollars in related merchandising and over 500 animated TV episodes.

    "Never before has there been a Dragon Ball Z® game that is as true to the property as Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(TM)," said Paul Rinde, senior vice president of Infogrames. "The effort and attention to detail will be a huge payoff for fans as Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(TM) truly recreates the epic storyline of the Dragon Ball Z® series in the interactive realm." Chris Sabat, the Voice Director of Dragon Ball Z® and the voice of Vegeta®, Piccolo(TM), and Yamcha®, added, "To be able to actually step inside the DBZ universe, controlling your favorite character's moves, his attacks, in his voice, is a completely surreal experience. The battle/duel section of the game is worth the price of the game itself."

    Already an eagerly anticipated release, the media had the following to say about the game:

    "Budokai is a dream come true for every Dragon Ball Z fan." -- GamePro Magazine

    "Fans of the show will drool over the voices, music, and perfectly replicated look of the animated series." -- Game Informer Magazine

    "Budokai stands above any of the previous attempts to turn the series into a fighter." -- Electronic Gaming Monthly

    Featuring 23 of the most famous Dragon Ball Z heroes and villains in full 3D, Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(TM) spans 29 levels, and features over 60 different combo moves per character, including some of their infamous signature attacks from the animated series.

    Developed by Dimps, Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(TM) is currently available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system at a suggested retail price of $49.99 and rated "T" for Teen. For more information on this title, please visit www.dbzgamer.com.

    About FUNimation

    Focusing on quality entertainment properties such as Dragon Ball Z®, FUNimation Productions, Ltd, is a full-service brand management company with in-house production, licensing, Internet, home video distribution and toy divisions. With over 14 million videos sold and over 7 million hits per day on its web site, www.dragonballz.com, Dragon Ball Z® is the top rated series on Cartoon Network's Toonami block and the "Most Searched for Term of 2001" according to the Lycos 50 Daily Report on the internet. FUNimation also produces Dragon Ball®, the exciting prequel to Dragon Ball Z® airing in the USA on Cartoon Network's Toonami Block; Yu Yu Hakusho(TM), one of the top anime of all time, airing in the USA on Carton Network's Adult Swim Action; Lupin the 3rd(TM), one of the longest running anime classics; Fruits Basket(TM), based on the top selling manga in Japan; and Blue Gender(TM), a sci-fi anime series. Look for collectibles from IF Labs(TM) featuring the Dragon Ball® Movie Collection, Dragon Ball®, and Yu Yu Hakusho(TM) as well as home video from FUNimation Productions, Ltd. and a host of other products licensed by FUNimation's Production's licensing division. IF Labs(TM) is a joint venture between FUNimation Productions, Ltd. and Irwin Toy, Ltd. For additional information on FUNimation and its properties, check out www.funimation.com. For more information regarding Dragon Ball Z®, contact Jeff Dronen at FUNimation at 817-788-0627 x 251 or [email protected]

    About Infogrames

    New York-based Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFGM) is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company develops video games for all consoles (Sony Computer Entertainment America, Nintendo and Microsoft), PCs, and Macintosh systems. Infogrames' catalogue of more than 1,000 titles includes award-winning franchises such as Civilization®, Backyard Sports(TM), Deer Hunter®, Driver(TM), RollerCoaster Tycoon®, and Test Drive®, and key licenses including Warner Bros. The Matrix®, Warner Bros. Looney Tunes(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues® and Dora the Explorer(TM), Dragon Ball Z®, Unreal®, Mission Impossible®, Terminator®, Harley-Davidson®, Major League Baseball®, and the National Football League®, among many others. The Company's Humongous Entertainment and MacSoft labels are leaders in children's and Macintosh entertainment software, respectively.

    Infogrames, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (IESA) (Euronext 5257), a global publisher and distributor of video games for all platforms. In 2001, IESA acquired Infogrames Interactive, Inc. (formerly Hasbro Interactive), including rights to use its line of software based on well-known licenses such as MONOPOLY, Jeopardy®, TONKA, and Atari®, which are published and distributed in the U.S. by Infogrames, Inc. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.infogrames.com.

    Licensed by FUNimationa Productions, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Dragon Ball Z and all logos, character names and distinctive likenesses thereof are trademarks of TOEI ANIMATION.

    "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

    All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66224) on Aug 18, 2005.

Press Release - GameCube:

    ATARI DELIVERS BLOCKBUSTER DRAGON BALL Z®: BUDOKAI’ FOR NINTENDO GAMECUBE’



    Date: October 28, 2003

    TOP-SELLING FIGHTING GAME UNVEILS EXCLUSIVE NEW GRAPHICS

    Contact: Stacey Clement
    Atari, Inc
    978.921.3372
    [email protected]


    Tara Blanco
    HighWater Group PR
    212.338.0077 x. 12
    [email protected]

    ATARI DELIVERS BLOCKBUSTER
    DRAGON BALL Z®: BUDOKAI’ FOR NINTENDO GAMECUBE’

    TOP-SELLING FIGHTING GAME UNVEILS EXCLUSIVE NEW GRAPHICS

    BEVERLY, MA - October 28, 2003 - The most popular fighting game of 2002 enters a new arena as Atari (Nasdaq: ATAR) today shipped Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai’ for Nintendo GameCube’. Developed by DIMPS, the Nintendo GameCube version brings exclusive, highly-detailed 3D character models that vividly reflect the visual style of the hit animated series while maintaining the authentic fighting action sought by DBZ® fans. The Dragon Ball Z® video game franchise has been one of the industry's most successful over the last 18 months, and Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai’ for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system has shipped more than 1.4 million units in North America since its December 2002 release.

    "With enhanced graphics that truly recreate the essence of Dragon Ball Z®, Nintendo GameCube owners will now get to enjoy their own unique version of Budokai," said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of marketing for Atari's Beverly studio. "Due to the incredible popularity of the Dragon Ball Z® franchise and its enormous fan base, it was only natural that Atari bring Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai’ to the Nintendo GameCube."

    Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai’ spans the Saiyan Saga through the Cell Games, and features five epic play modes, including Story, Duel, Practice, Tournament and Legend of Hercule. Test your skills against the most powerful heroes and the most sinister villains as you play as one of 23 mighty DBZ® characters. Many of them are unlockable, and you can unleash up to 60 different combo moves for each character. Every battle is more intense and more dangerous than before - will you be the last warrior standing?
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    The Dragon Ball brand has generated over $3 billion in worldwide licensed merchandise. It is among the top-rated series on Cartoon Network and was the number-one rated show among all U.S. cable TV programs for 'tweens 9-14, boys 9-14 and men 12-24 during 2002 season's launch line-up. For the second consecutive year, "Dragon Ball" was the most searched-for term on the Internet in 2002 according to Lycos.

    Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai’ for Nintendo GameCube is currently available at a suggested retail price of $29.99 and rated "T" for Teen. For additional information on Dragon Ball Z®, visit www.dragonballz.com.

    About FUNimation
    Focusing on quality entertainment properties such as Dragon Ball Z®, FUNimation Productions, Ltd., is a full-service brand management company with in-house production, licensing, Internet, marketing, and home video sales and distribution divisions. With over 15 million videos sold and over 8.5 million hits per day on its web site, www.dragonballz.com, Dragon Ball Z® is a top rated series on Cartoon Network and was the most searched for topic on the Internet for 2002 (also #1 in 2001), becoming "the first topic to ever repeat atop the Web's Most Wanted," according to the Lycos 50 Daily Report. FUNimation also produces: Dragon Ball®, now airing on Cartoon Network's Toonami block; the eagerly awaited sequel to Dragon Ball Z®, Dragon Ball GT®; Yu Yu Hakusho, one of the top anime of all time seen by millions on Cartoon Network; Movies for Lupin the 3rd, one of the longest running anime classics; Fruits Basket, based on the top selling manga in Japan; and Blue Gender, a true sci-fi anime series now airing on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim; recently announced mega-hit Detective Conan; and fan favorites like Kiddy Grade, Tenchi Muyo! GXP and Sakura Taisen. For additional information on FUNimation and its properties contact Jeff Dronen at FUNimation at 817-788-0627, ext. 251 or [email protected]

    About Atari
    New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining games such as Driver’, Enter the Matrix’, Neverwinter Nights’, Stuntman’, Test Drive®, Unreal® Tournament 2003, and Unreal® Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard Sports’, Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues’ and Dora the Explorer’, Civilization®, Dragon Ball Z® and RollerCoaster Tycoon®. Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext 5257), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com.
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    Contributed by Xoleras (66224) on Aug 15, 2005.

www.nintendo.com – Nintendo GameCube:

    Who will be the last warrior standing?



    Test your skills against Dragon Ball Z's most powerful heroes and villains in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai, Atari's Saiyan-slammin' 3D fighter.

    The Dragon Ball Z phenomenon hits the GCN with Dragon Ball Z: Budokai, a high-flying, muscle-rippling 3D fighting game that draws on the popular anime style and voice acting of the beloved television series. Follow the DBZ animated series as you face off against a horde of superhuman combatants. Offering a unique brand of action, drama and quirky humor, the game is poised on the crest of the anime wave that continues to flood U.S. shores.

    Features

    • Fight to the finish in five epic modes of play.
    • Battle against a friend or fine-tune your skills against a customizable computer-controlled opponent.
    • Create the most powerful fighter in the universe by customizing, unlocking and trading devastating skills with your friends.
    • Take the fighting action to the next level with the blazing speeds of Burst Mode.

    From Goku to Nappa, a huge cast of heroes and villains battle for dominance. All of the fighters are keenly balanced to ensure a fair and ferocious fight, and each character features a unique skill set to keep the brawls interesting. In the Skill Shop, you can purchase new skill capsules and equip your fighter with them. Each fighter can only be equipped with a handful of skills at a time, so some element of strategy is involved with choosing the best combination of skill capsules.

    In the story mode, Androids, aliens and Saiyans are all key ingredients as the Dragon Ball Z story spirals into the stratosphere with more plot twists than an episode of General Hospital during sweeps month. Fans of the series will be able to reenact famous DBZ moments!

    Bottom Line

    For fans of the series, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai delivers. The game faithfully recreates the over-the-top battles which have made DBZ so popular. Directing the awesome power of superhuman juggernauts is a dream come true for DBZ fans, and though the game will be not as satisfying for players unfamiliar with the series, it's still a solid fighting game that offers a unique blend of RPG-like skill management and intense one-on-one clashes.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54193) on Jul 16, 2005.

de.playstation.com:
    Übersicht

    Der Superhit unter den Anime-Serien hat sich endlich auf die PS2 durchgekämpft, um in Form von Dragon Ball Z: Budokai die Träume aller DBZ-Fans zu erfüllen. Mit jeder Hauptfigur der ersten drei Sagas an deiner Seite, musst du dich mit einem Haufen super starker Bösewichte, wie zum Beispiel Raditz, Vegeta, Frieza und Cell, in einer direkten interaktiven Wiedergabe der Serien-Ereignisse herumschlagen. Wie du dir sicher vorstellen kannst, ist dies kein typisches, spiessiges Beat-em-Up, also erwarte eine Menge riesiger Feuerbälle, Schnellfeuer-Kung-Fu-Kämpfe und dramatische Gefechtseinlagen in der Luft. Pack jetzt noch eine leuchtende, farbenfrohe und originalgetreue 3-D-Wiedergabe der DBZ-Welt sowie unterhaltsame Ausschnitte mit den echten japanischen Stimmen obendrauf - dann wird schnell klar, das Budokai dich praktisch direkt zu einem Teil der Serie macht.

    Details

    Es gibt massig Spiel-Modi, die dich in eine Welt epischer Machtkämpfe entführen. Der Haupt-Story-Modus lässt die unvergessliche Eröffnungssaga wieder aufleben, während der stachelhaarige Held Goku (manchmal auch Gohan oder Piccolo) die Erde und den Planeten Namek vor den mächtigen, zerstörerischen Schurken beschützt. Wenn du die Konsorten der Ginyu-Einheit und die übermächtigen Androiden besiegst, werden dem Dienstplan neue Charaktere hinzugefügt, insgesamt gibt es davon 23. Diese können dann im Zwei-Spieler-Duell-Modus und auch im Einzelspieler-Welt-Kampf-Modus eingesetzt werden. Nachdem du im letzteren Modus triumphiert hast, verdienst du sogar Zenie - die Währung im Dragon-Ball-Z-Universum - welche dann für Spezialleistungen im Fähigkeiten-Bearbeitungs-Modus ausgegeben werden kann. Wenn du einen der bestehenden Kämpfer nutzt, kannst du seine Fähigkeiten ganz nach deinen Wünschen gestalten. Du würdest gerne Trunks in einen Ringer-Profi verwandeln oder Krillin in eine Tötungs-Maschine, die jemanden mit einem Schlag umhauen kann? Jetzt hast du die Chance dazu.

    Falls du von dem vorherigen Schwung an Dragon-Ball-Z-Spielen enttäuscht warst, dürfte es dich erfreuen, dass Budokai reinen Tisch macht und eine neue Ära im Franchising-Bereich einläutet. Abgesehen davon, das Kämpfe nur Minuten dauern, anstatt sich über mehrere Episoden hinzuziehen, bietet dieses Spiel praktisch die Möglichkeit, an einer interaktiven DBZ-Erfahrung teilzuhaben. Dies ist ein Pflichtkauf für Fans von DBZ, aber auch eine gute Wahl für Leute, die eine Vorliebe für Beat-'em-Ups haben.

    Features

  • Kämpfe dich durch drei der grössten Sagas von DBZ

  • Transformiere deinen Charakter mitten im Kampf - werde ein Super-Saiyan

  • Authentische Ausschnitte erhalten originalgetreu die Seele der Serie

  • 23 Charaktere, inklusive Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Frieza und Cell

  • Der Fähigkeiten-Bearbeitungs-Modus erlaubt dir, den ultimativen Kämpfer zu erschaffen

    Contributed by Xoleras (66224) on Sep 23, 2004.

us.infogrames.com:
    Enter the Dragon Ball Z® Budokai’.

    A spectacular 3D world filled with the fiercest fighters the universe has ever known. Test your skills against the most powerful Dragon Ball Z heroes and the most sinister villains. Every battle is more intense, more dangerous, and more epic than the one before. Will you be the last warrior standing?

    Game Features: Follow the Dragon Ball Z animated series from Saiyan Saga to Cell Games! Face off with up to 23 mighty Dragon Ball Z warriors! Unlock, customize, and trade devastating skills with friends to create the most powerful fighters in the universe! Fight in 5 epic play modes Fine tune your skills against custom AI opponents Battle at blazing speeds in the Burst Zone

    Contributed by Grant McLellan (25) on Apr 18, 2004.