DBZ: Legend of the
Release Date: January, 1992
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.
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
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.
FAQs and Codes at
- Unique RPG gameplay
- Covers the entire Freeza story arc
- Relatively exciting
combat for an RPG
- Seriously annoying
- Not much gameplay variety
- Combat occurs
(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.
you don't already have it, download the FREE RealMedia player
by clicking this graphic.
lots1.rm (1359 KB file):
A 55.5 second RealMedia clip of SonGoku and Piccolo fighting
a group of Saibamen.