DBZ: Shin Butoden
Release Date: November, 1995
Dragon Ball Z comes
to the Saturn with a vengeance! Play as any of 27 different
characters! Never before have there been so many different modes
of play in a Dragon Ball Z game. Choose from the story mode,
versus mode, five man team elimination mode, Tenkaichi-Budokai
championship mode, or the very unique Mr. Satan mode, in which
you play as Mr. Satan betting on who will win each match (and trying to cheat at it).
This is, in my opinion,
the best Dragon Ball Z fighting game. The best parts of all
the other Dragon Ball Z fighting games have been put together
to make this masterpiece. The split screen action has returned,
with bigger and more dramatic super moves than ever before,
and because it is on CD and is therefore not limited to a
small amount of space like a cartridge, the characters take as
much time to announce what move they are performing as they
do on the show. For example, instead of a quick "kamehameha"
from Goku that lasts 2 seconds it is a dramatic "KA- - -ME-
- -HA- - -ME- - -HAAAAA!" as one would expect.
One interesting innovation
is that you can knock your opponent into the background, and
in doing so "rotate" the battle field, which changes the background
image as well as the amount of room you have to maneuver.
The battle fields
are of different shapes and sizes, and one battle field has
actual obstacles that you can jump on or over that can be destroyed
by a super energy blast (see the multimedia section of this
page for an example).
You can play as all
27 characters from Ultimate Battle
22 on the PlayStation without entering a cheat code.
The characters are lovingly hand drawn by actual animators,
The Mr. Satan mode
is pretty unique and funny. As the match takes place you control
Mr. Satan's movement back and forth behind the ring throwing
in banana peels, shooting a gun, and using various other techniques
to turn the tide of the battle in his favor. He is trying to
raise enough money to pay Android No. 18 the money he owes
her for letting him win the Tenkaichi Budokai.
Although the opening animation basically
has the same content as Ultimate Battle
22 for PlayStation, it suffers from
the video limitations of the Saturn. It doesn't fill the screen
and is a little grainy, where the PlayStation version is clearer than the actual show. Not that this is a reason
not to buy this game. It's still way better than Ultimate
The controls are
a little different from other DBZ fighters, and buttons
X, Y, and Z are not even used during battle. Blocking moves
is a little confusing and more difficult than usual since it
switches to a close up of your face looking shocked when a super
energy attack is being fired at you.
Since I began singing
the praises of this game, the value of it has gone up tremendously
all over the web. Sorry about that. Still, I hope you agree
with me when you actually sit down and play it.
and Codes from Gamefaqs.com
- Great hand drawn
- Cool music
- Tons of different
modes of play
- More characters
than you can shake a Nyoi-bo at (ugh...sorry)
- Mr. Satan Mode!
- Grainy intro movie
- Controls are a
you don't already have it, download the FREE RealMedia player
by clicking this graphic.
(683 KB file): A 27.7 second RealMedia clip of Super Saiyajin
Level 3 SonGoku fighting Super Boo, and hitting him with a KameHameHa.
Notice the lightning and thunder in the background.
(1 MB file): A 41.1 second RealMedia clip of Vegita fighting
Freeza and hitting him with a close range Big Bang Attack and
a long range Final Flash. Notice that the Final Flash hits and
destroys a rock and doesn't hit Freeza. Please note that in
the game you can see what they are firing, but because the refresh
rate of the flashing lights in the game don't sync up with my
video capture card, you can't see them all the time in this
(496 KB file): A 20.1 second RealMedia clip of Android No.18
fighting Piccolo. Notice that Piccolo hits her and knocks her
into the background, which causes the battle field to rotate.
This changes the background graphic and the size of the play
(736 KB file): A 29.6 second RealMedia clip of Mr. Satan trying
to rig a fight between the Great Saiyaman and Kuririn by throwing
bananas, health potions, and by firing a gun.