This Dragon Ball Z Fighting Game Is So Retro

By Spencer . October 10, 2013 . 10:48pm

Bandai was making Dragon Ball fighting games back for the Super Famicom and had some clever ideas to adapt the epic feel of battles on 16-bit hardware. The sparse map in Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden 2 switches into a split screen when players get too far away from each other, a workaround because scaling was too much for the SNES. You can jump between two planes, ground and air, which has the spirit of Dragon Ball Z’s midair battles.


Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden 2 will be re-released for Nintendo 3DS as one of the games in Jump Legend Biography. Jump magazine says this is the final game in the 3DS compilation which also includes the NES game Dragon Ball: Mystery of Shenlong (aka Dragon Power),  and if you pre-order the game Dragon Ball Z II: Frieza the Planet Destroyer.


Bandai Namco Games Presents Jump Legend Biography comes out on November 7.

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  • Kaitsu

    Holy shit. Yes.

  • Rishtopher

    lol I remember playing this when I was a kid. It was such a sick game. Didn’t understand any Japanese though.

  • notforsale

    Never bet dbz

    • Crevox

      always bet dbz, mexibeam too strong

  • Mike G. Moran

    Back in the day I would emulate the third entry of this series. Ahhh, emulators. There was a time that was the best way to do imports.

  • Go2hell66

    used to play this all the time

  • isotrex

    I loved playing this game.

  • d19xx

    Wow I have that and 3. Also the Genesis/Megadrive version.

    Bojack was cheap as hell.

  • z_merquise

    We use to play this game. It’s very unbalanced but me and my brothers were such huge fans of Dragon Ball way back that we didn’t mind.

    There’s even a cheat code you need to press during the game’s intro to make Broly playable. I still can’t forget the “urban legend” where you need to perform the button sequence to unlock Broly 10 times to make Tenshinhan playable but turns out, it’s not true at all.

    • Ziko577

      I played all these games on that system. None of them were good at all. Bojack is an extremely broken character, the controls weren’t good and the lack of characters was astonishing to me.

  • Chee Yang

    I….actually….remember this game!

  • Chee Yang

    Alright, they need to let Dimps do a full game like this along with their budokai style, and no more of those Carddass games. Dimps still pull off one of the best DBZ fighting games.

  • David García Abril

    This game in Europe was a HUGE hit!

    Yes, I was one of those kids who grew up playing it. It was such a great fun!

  • Nice Boat Quatro

    Goku’s player got really lucky in the vid’s first battle.

  • Sergio Briceño

    Oh! I remember this! I had this and the next game set on the Majin Boo arc! Also the RPG of the first arc… Man… Good times…

  • fairysun

    The real question here is …

    How many ‘Kakarot’ Broly will say in title screen?

    I think my record is 8 times.
    I used to have this little competition with my buddies of who can call Kakarot the most before we go duke it out in the game.

    Here’s the code in case you forget:
    press ‘Up, X, Down, B, L, Y, R, A.’

  • Brian Carty

    This game was glorious. Still one of my favorite fighting games.

  • Chow

    Man, I remember playing a DBZ game that was actually different than the Super Butoden engine. It felt so much faster, but I don’t think it allowed for splitscreen or on-the-fly flying (it’s been a while since I played it). They tied in the health and the ki into the same bar, and the graphics seemed to have much more contrast and style to them. They had desperation attacks that were pretty unique to the characters, but I don’t remember the meteo attacks being in the game.

    I believe it was called Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension.

    • British_Otaku

      Hoping they release a second retro Jump collection that has Hyper Dimension, Legend of the Super Saiyan and another 6 awesome SNES/NES Jump classics.

      I’m considering this though even if it is holding back a ROM from me as a preorder bonus. >_>

    • J_Joestar

      i remember that game, the sprite designs and animations were beautiful.

    • Göran Isacson

      Man I do indeed remember this game, had the best looking sprites of them all.

  • XaviIniesta

    Man, I used to play these games a lot back in the day with my friends. We mostly played Super Butouden 3 though.

  • NimbusStev

    Ha, I still own this game. As a young DBZ fan I was completely awestruck by it, but looking back it’s really not a very good fighting game.

  • Bear Negishi

    Oh man. Those mixups are amazing lol.
    I seriously wish I knew about the depth of fightan games back then, would’ve been so much fun.

  • Yan Zhao

    I loved this game as a kid haha.

  • 風神 ケルビン

    remember ditching school with friends to play this game at a friend’s house….good times were had :) LOVE the BGM from this game. Had the orchestral adaptation on CD..can’t find anywhere :(

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