Dragon Ball Z has been continuously increasing its reach and trying to get a wider audience. They have explored various movies, OVAs, and video games. It is one of the most popular anime franchise and it continues to expand as we speak. DBZ fighting games are the franchise’s journey’s next phase.
The franchise has linked every installment beautifully. They have their own journey through time to navigate. New characters are introduced every time. Something changes each time, yet everything remains the same.
The franchise’s original thirteen movies exist in their own timelines. Their events cannot be reconciled with the occurrences of the original anime and manga. But the character’s powers and ages allow for approximate placement. Dragon Ball Super and Dragon Ball GT are the latest installments in the series.
Dragon Ball Z: Story Is Told Through The Ages
Most of the franchise’s fighting games are based on the franchise’s main timeline. They simultaneously accommodate characters from the movies and GT.
Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout in 1997 was the first DB-based fighting game to be released worldwide. This game was based in Dragon Ball GT’s era. Surprisingly, it is not released in North America. All the game’s characters were based on their GT versions. Only Frieza, Cell, and Kid Buu represented the Z Era. Golden Oozaru Baby Vegeta, the final boss marked the GT’s first major arc’s end.
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai was the second game in the franchise released in 2002. The first Budokai game followed the original anime series’ up until Cell’s defeat. The series’ later games went on to the Majin Buu Saga and into GT. The rosters kept adding characters from the various movies and specials.
All Other Games!
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit is nothing but a Budokai 1’s re-telling. The game ended at the Cell Saga. Additionally, it added Bardock and Broly to the roster and the game’s Z Chronicles story mode.
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 and the Budokai Tenkaichi series also introduced original Dragon Ball series’ elements. Additionally, they had characters from Goku’s early adventures and added them to the list. Budokai series’ final game, DBZ: Infinite World tells the Dragon Ball Z and GT’s stories through its Dragon Mission Mode. Additionally, it adds up the movies and specials into the game’s Extra Saga.
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast released in 2009 and focused exclusively on the Z Era. It also loaded the roster with characters from the various movies and specials from DBZ. Additionally, it cut down the characters and references made to the original series and GT.
Raging Blast 2 brought a Japan-only special called The Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans’ new and renowned version. It marked its first appearance in North America and Europe. Ultimate Battle 22 and Super DBZ followed a similar fashion. Their rosters were mainly focused on the Z era. They also pulled a character or two up from the original DB series.
Dragon Ball undoubtedly one of the best anime franchises and is here to last until many years. They still have years of entertaining content. The main point is, even lasting these many years, no one bored. They find new ways to keeps their fans entangled and have succeeded in that.
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