Retro Dragon Ball Z Card RPG Added To J Legend Biography

By Spencer . August 22, 2013 . 12:49am

jleg1 Bandai Namco Presents J Legend Biography is a 3DS card loaded with retro anime games like Go! Go! Ackman 3, Dragon Ball: Mystery of Shenlong, and Saint Seiya: The Golden Legend.


Two more games are confirmed to be in the compilation and they’re both Dragon Ball titles. Dragon Ball: Great Demon King’s Revival blended a board game with the Piccolo Daimao Saga. Sure, Mario Party and Dokapon Kingdom use the same concept, but this  Dragon Ball: Great Demon King’s Revival was one of the first games to experiment with this mechanic.


Dragon Ball Z: Assault! Super Saiyan looks like a fighting game, but it’s actually a card RPG. When the game came out in 1990, spinning around the screen was a cinematic achievement kind of like watching the special attacks in Super Robot Taisen.


 Dragon Ball: Great Demon King’s Revival




Dragon Ball Z: Assault! Super Saiyan


Bandai Namco Presents J Legend Biography is slated for release on November 7.


A tip of the hat and a senzu bean to David for giving us the heads up!

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  • Seraph

    I would hype even more if they added the Frieza Saga, Android saga card games as well as Dragon Ball Z Gaiden.

    Sadly they butchered the Dragon Ball Z Gaiden OVA when they reanimated it for Raging Blast 2.

    • Barrylocke89

      I just realized from the youtube clip that you can play as Chichi in this game against Vegeta. Kinda funny that they would stick her in there since she only really played a mom role in Z. Were there any Dragonball (not Z) games that used the same battle system, or did they just decide to stick her in there for people who wanted to use Chichi?

      I only just started playing Super Saiya Densetsu a few days ago so I’m not far, but I think the game has a sort of summoning system with the cards. Maybe they’re summoning Chichi to help fight with a Chichi Card? Either way, it is kinda cool to think of the whole family all fighting together against one opponent :P

      • Seraph

        I don’t believe you can summon Chi-Chi in Super Saiyajin Densetsu.

  • Barrylocke89

    Dragon Ball Z: Assault! Super Saiyan had a similar equivilant on the Super Famicom, “Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu” (Legend of the Super Saiyan) that went from the beginning of the DBZ anime with Raditz all the way to the end of the Frieza Saga. It used a similar card battle system and has some nice animations (though they get kinda repetitive in a JRPG format, and afaik there’s no way to skip them ingame). That game does have a patch floating around, I believe…

    • Seraph

      Yes it does. While we’re on the topic of DBZ Card Battling games, there’s also Legendary Super Warriors on the GBC as well as the official CCG on the GBA.

      • Barrylocke89

        How do those compare to the Legacy of Goku games on the GBA?

        (and more importantly, why do I care so much, I don’t even like DBZ that much XP )

        • Seraph

          Legendary Super Warriors runs right through DBZ. Also including the part where Trunks killed the Androids in his timeline (if the requirements are met). It had a very large playable cast as well with their own stats. In personal opinion, I enjoyed it as much as the Legacy of Goku games.

          The CCG was based off the DBZ Card game that was out at the time. I wouldn’t consider that as good as the Legacy of Goku series. Then again, 2 completely different styles of game.

          I didn’t like the last boss fight of DBZ Gaiden. You had to beat Hatchiyak using the Z Fighter’s signature moves, and you need to have specific cards to achieve it making it somewhat chance based.

          • Barrylocke89

            I guess they decided to focus more on emulating the experience of the anime/manga instead of having it be its own game. I’m sure that was the easier way to do it and it makes it feel more like the show which the fans may have liked, but a game isn’t the same as a show. Some liberties need to be taken with this sort of thing :P

  • Monterossa

    Gosh… I played all of these DBZ card RPGs when I was a kid and can’t even read Japanese back then.

    • Aoshi00

      I played all the famicom DBZ rpgs too when I was a kid, I remember my neighbor spending so much time leveling ip in this game in one summer lol.. The time we spent grinding..

      Btw this game was called assault! Sayian, not super Sayian, only covering from Raditz to vegeta.. I remember how excited I was about each one of these new rpgs because they covered the arcs that were new at the time.. Walking on the map and battling with the cards, depend on the word and the stars on the corners was fun too, and it had great animation.. I wish they would make another rpg in this format but its always fighters now..

      • Barrylocke89

        Did you play the Super Saiya Densetsu game I mentioned in my other post? It goes all the way to Frieza, and uses a similar battle system from what I saw flicking through the YouTube video.

        • Aoshi00

          Yeah I played super saiya densetsu on the super famicom, used to own it. I was blown away by the 3D graphics at the time, u know like in Mario or contra..the battle music was very addictive too. That was one of the last card based DBZ rpgs for consoles, not counting the ones on GBA much later. there was another DB rpg with kid and teenage goku then fighting piccolo daimao, but the view was in 3/4 isometric.. That’s why all this time I want an rpg with good graphics from today, but they just keep pumping out 3D fighters. I might just import this for nostalgia s sake. The cover above also has the second DB rpg too I think after shenlong no nazo

          • Seraph

            That SNES game you were talking about had a sequel which covered the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai through to the final fight on Namek. The choices you had to make in that one had to match what happened in the Manga.

          • Aoshi00

            Yeah I remember there were two of em, I think the game was called goku-den. I haven’t played either of those because I stopped playing games for a couple of years then, but I thought the isometric view like Mario rpg was interesting and it went back to DB instead of Z.. Would be nice if those are on this collection too. But super saiya densetsu, the super butou den fighters, and hyper dimension were all great on the super famicom. They should go back to the roots with next gen graphics..

          • Seraph

            Closest thing to a classic Super Butouden game would be Ultimate Butouden on the DS.

          • Aoshi00

            I imported that too but haven’t played too much. I remember it was fun to play the sfc fighters with friends. They should make 2D fighters or rpgs for consoles too, but seem unlikely now

  • z_merquise

    Hey! We used to have that Dragon Ball Z RPG in Famicom. For an RPG, it was too short. It started with the Raditz story then went to Garlic Jr. (which I think only appeared in a movie) then to Vegeta and that’s it.

  • Bruno Reis

    1:57 ITS OVER 9000!!

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    Played a few of these as ROMs back in the day. They’re not very fun.

  • British_Otaku

    A game which resembles Legend of the Super Saiyan… They have some of my interest now… I wish I could read or they put up some good action titles.

    • Seraph

      Hope you like grinding. Kyoushuu Saiyajin has a fair bit of it.

      • British_Otaku

        I play Disgaea and my first choice in Pokemon was a Charmander. I’ll be fine.

        • Seraph

          You’re the same as me then. I tip my hat to you sir.

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