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Super Butoden 1 Label

DBZ: Super Butoden 1

System: Super Famicom
Release Date: March, 1993

Game Description:
In this, the first Dragon Ball Z fighting game for the Super Famicom, we follow the adventures of Goku beginning with his fight against Piccolo at the Tenkaichi Budokai and ending with Gohan's battle against Perfect Cell.

The characters available for selection are Goku, Vegita, No. 20, No. 16, No. 18, Piccolo, Freeza, Cell, Trunks, Gohan, Perfect Cell, Super Saiyan Goku, and Super Saiyan Vegita. It is also rumored that with a lot of work, Mr. Satan is playable!

As in other Dragon Ball Z fighting games you may play through a story mode, selecting which fighter to pit against each opponent, or you can play one on one against a buddy or computer opponent. There is also a Tenkaichi Budokai mode, in which you can play against 8 friends or computer opponents in a tournament to see who's the best fighter of all.

Game Review:
This game was the first article of Dragon Ball Z merchandise I ever purchased, and at the time it was incredibly innovative. The characters could fly up or away from their opponent with the use of an innovative split screen effect, and special moves were thrown from great distances with spectacular results. No other game had ever done this. This is the only 16-bit Dragon Ball Z fighting game to have Android No. 20 (Dr. Gero) in it, and he has a nifty block that allows him to absorb energy attacks and turn them into life points. It is also the only game to include Cell in a non-perfect form. Another cool touch is that it is possible to blow Piccolo's arm off and watch as it grows back. This happens on occasion when he fails to repell an energy attack with his hand. With the extra character code entered you can choose to be either regular Goku and Vegita or play them as Super Saiya-jin.

However, If you've played any of the Dragon Ball Z games that have come out since this one, you will most likely be very disappointed. The characters are small, the movement is jerky, and the super energy attacks seem puny. Charging up power is a long and tedious process as you really just have to wait. Sometimes the super moves and blocks seem hard to pull off, and cheap players can keep the other guy down just by flying into them over and over again.
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The Plus Side:
  • Challenging story mode
  • More hidden characters than any other Super Famicom DBZ game
  • You can blow Piccolo's arm off
  • Non SSJ Goku can fire a Genki Dama (Spirit Bomb)
The Negative Side:
  • Graphics far more primitive than those of its successors
  • Control is very difficult
  • Blocking special attacks is nearly impossible
  • Cheap "fly-into" knockdowns
  • Little variety in control among characters
Cell vs. Android No. 18 Gohan's after battle stats
Cell prepares a KameHameHa Android No. 20 Vs. SSJ Mirai Trunks
Multimedia Files:
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buto1_1.rm (538 KB file): A 25 second RealMedia clip of Perfect Cell Fighting Dr. Gero (Android No.20).
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