Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden Trailer: Portable DBZ Action
A dream scenario is playing out over in Japan, as Bandai Namco and Arc System Works have partnered for a new Dragon Ball Z fighting game for the Nintendo 3DS, and it looks incredible.
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is the name, and it features over 100 characters from the DBZ universe in both playable and assist roles. This is based on a Japanese exclusive SNES game from the early '90s. Based on the three minute gameplay trailer above, there are going to be a lot of hectic battles waged in this game, which fits in perfectly with the fast-paced DBZ style, and with Arc System Works at the helm we're betting the fighting system will be expertly crafted. Arc System Works, for those unaware, is the team behind Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, so that alone should tell you what to expect.
There are so many different angles on how awesome this project is, that it's difficult to choose where to start. Dragon Ball Z fans have a new franchise game that isn't another Budokai sequel or ripoff, so they're happy. Fighting game fans, especially those of Arc System Works, get a new fighting game to tinker with, so they're happy as well. Best of all it's on the 3DS, so the fighting can be taken anywhere. The stars are aligning over Japan with this project, and we can only hope that the Extreme Butoden makes its way to Western shores as soon as possible.
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden will launch June 11 exclusive on Nintendo 3DS in Japan, while the rest of the world pouts and waits for their chance to launch some Kamehamehas.
Now if only Hyper Dragon Ball Z could become a legit console game: