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DBZ: Legend of the Super Saiyan

System: Super Famicom
Release Date: January, 1992

Game Description:
Legend of the Saiyan begins as Goku and Piccolo join forces against Raditz, and follows the DBZ story all the way through the defeat of Freeza on Namek. The game unfolds in an RPG fashion, where strategy and planning are more important than fast fingers. Playing out the game as events occurred in the series pays off, and will allow you to end the game as a Super Saiyan.

Game Review:

This is the first DBZ game ever made for the Super Famicom, and in a lot of ways it's the most unique. It's an RPG, but perhaps a more accurate description is that it's a video game customizable card game. You choose the characters' moves from one of five cards visible on the screen on any given turn. A dragon ball on each card represents the turn initiative value, and a kanji represents the type of attack. Cool (for the time) mode-7 sequences really inhance the game. Occasionally a character will get to make a flying ram attack on their opponent, in which case it shows the character flying into your face. There are also mode-7 views from the enemy's perspective, like slamming into a mountain, the water, or the ground. You can fly around or walk on the overhead map as you randomly encounter enemies in the classic Final Fantasy style.

However, the game does have some shortcomings. The music will definitely get on your nerves. There are very few different tunes, all of which are fairly short and monotonous. When you're flying, it's possible to fly faster (the character begins to glow), but you get into battles much more frequently. Sometimes you even get into a battle immediately after finishing another one, which is not fun, since you spend most of your time continually fighting different colored Saibaimen.

There are a lot of nifty things about this game, and I recommend it to anyone who is a loyal fan of the series.

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The Plus Side:
  • Unique RPG gameplay
  • Covers the entire Freeza story arc
  • Relatively exciting combat for an RPG
The Negative Side:
  • Seriously annoying music
  • Not much gameplay variety
  • Combat occurs too frequently

Gohan flys at you with Mode 7 effects Tenshinhan prepares to attack some enemies
Goku at the Kame House Goku fires a KameHameHa
Multimedia Files:
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lots1.rm (1359 KB file): A 55.5 second RealMedia clip of SonGoku and Piccolo fighting a group of Saibamen.

lots2.rm (311 KB file): A 13.4 second RealMedia clip of SonGoku flying over the world map until he gets into an encounter. I just made this one so you could see what this aspect of the game is like.
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