Release Date: 1986
The first and only
Dragon Ball game to be released in the USA! Kick and punch your
way alongside Goku and Nora (Bulma) in this action game as they
journey for the 7 Dragon Balls to summon the dragon.
Originally I was
under the impression that no Dragon Ball game had ever been
translated and brought to American shores.
Who's the idiot that
decided Goku needed all of his hair removed, KameSennin needed
a longer beard and a toga, and that Oolong and Bulma's names
needed to be changed to Pudgy and Nora?
Here are some choice
examples of the pathetic translation and hacking up of the original
story line: After Goku takes the turtle back to the sea, Goku
is rewarded with the flying cloud by KameSennin. Here's what
happens next in Dragon Power:
Hey I want one too!
Okay give me your sandwich.
what do you guys want a sandwich for?
Following that is
an animated sequence of KameSennin with sandwiches floating
around his head (see the third picture at right). This was an
effort to clean up dirty old KameSennin's original request.
The sandwich is really a graphic of a pair of panties
turned upside down.
Here's another great
line from the game, where Goku first goes to the town where
in the original series the shape-shifting pig Oolong has been
abducting the local girls. They begged Goku to defeat him and
free the girls. Here's how it goes in Dragon Power...
Pudgy lives here he does mischief by changing shape. He doesn't
like to share food with people. If you beat him I will give
Oh no! He doesn't
share his food!?! If there's ever been justification for beating
somebody up, this has go to be it.
The game goes on
and on in this way. Of course, the Japanese version wasn't a much
better game, but it still held true to the Dragon Ball story.
If you are interested
in this game -- and I'm not sure why you would be unless you're
a collector like me -- then check your local Funcoland, eBay,
or anywhere else that offers used NES games. Chances are they
will have SEVERAL copies. It's a bad game. Bad, bad, bad.
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