DBZ: Barcode Battler
Release Date: December, 1992
The ultimate fighting
tournament for your Famicom! Choose a card, swipe it across
the scanner, and get ready to fight it out against your friends.
There are hundreds of possible combinations, but only one person
will come out the winner.
This game is quite
unique for an 8-bit game! The idea is to choose the type of
fighting (versus, tournament, etc.) and then scan a barcode
into the special reader device. It can be one of the cards that came with the game, or any other barcode you have lying around that will fit through the scanner. These things never came to America,
but they were pretty popular in Asia. From the barcode information
the game generates a character from the DBZ series, his or her
hitpoints, battle power, and defense power. Then you battle
it out. The winner of the elimination tournament that then ensues
gets a chance to battle Freeza. If you beat him, the victor
of the next tournament you play gets to fight against Cell.
Beat him and the closing credits are shown.
The fighting is simplistic,
but fun. Pressing A or B punches or kicks. Pressing both fires
a Ki blast. Each character has a different Ki attack. Tenshinhan
can, if the move is done correctly, split into four versions
of himself. Ginew can do his Body Change move as well. I've
not figured out how to do any of these moves, however. I've
just seen them done in the demo and by the computer against
There are a lot of
characters: Goku, Gohan, Piccolo, Vegeta, Kuririn, Trunks, Tenshinhan,
Chaozu, Yamucha, Zarbon, Ginew, Cell, Freeza, Perfect Cell,
Perfect Freeza, Saibaiman, and Androids No. 16, 17, 18, 19,
and 20. There could very well be more, but these are the only
ones I have seen. Some of the battle screens actually have parallax
scrolling! Some stages are in the air, some on ground, some
are scrolling, and some are single screen. All in all, this
is a pretty fun diversion and a good laugh for you and your
Obviously this game
is not spectacular by today's standards, and can't even be compared
on the same level with them. There really isn't much to the
game, and playing it by yourself gets old after about 10 minutes.
Still, its probably the most unique Dragon Ball Z game out there.
Besides, how many fighting games have you played on the NES?
- A fighting game
for the Famicom
- Tons of characters
- Unique experience
- Simplistic controls
- Not much single-player