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Release Date: November 22nd, 2016 Movie Release Year: 2016

Dragon Ball Fusions

Overview -

The latest video game entry in the 'Dragon Ball' series comes from 'Pandora's Tower' and 'One Piece: Unlimited World RED' developer Ganbarion. Called 'Dragon Ball Fusions,' the role-playing game brings characters from the series' entire 30 year history together for a tournament that will decide who is the toughest warrior in the universe. From Goku as a kid to his granddaughter Pan, the game features a who's who of 'Dragon Ball.'

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Release Date:
November 22nd, 2016

Video Review


Featuring an art style reminiscent to the spin-off manga 'Dragon Ball SD,' 'Dragon Ball Fusions' features smaller, more adorable versions of the characters fans know and love. Well, except for the legendary Super Saiyan Broly as nothing can make him look anything less than terrifying. It's a great stylized look, especially since the Nintendo 3DS doesn't have the power to render highly detailed versions of the characters. The only real bummer is that the game doesn't support stereoscopic 3D, which is really disappointing since flying around the worlds and watching the attacks take place in a 3D space would've been an awesome visual.

Audio Review


The 'Dragon Ball' anime has one of the most recognizable dubs of all-time, and one that has been featured in most of the video games since the PS2 era, so it's disappointing that only Japanese voices are heard in 'Dragon Ball Fusions.' Not having the voices of Chris Sabat, Sean Schemmel and company makes the game seem like a second-rate entry, despite that not being the case. The rest of the package is fine as sound effects help battles come alive, but Goku unleashing a Kamehameha isn't nearly as fun or recognizable without hearing him chant along with it.

Final Thoughts

'Dragon Ball Fusions' delivers a fresh take on one of the most heavily adapted franchises. Not only is the role-playing game unique in that it tells an all-new story, it has a fantastic battle system that has plenty of depth hidden under an easy-to-learn exterior. This is a must-own 3DS title for fans of 'Dragon Ball,' and a good RPG that doesn't have to rely upon nostalgia as a core selling point.