Anime-based one-on-one fighter Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden will launch for the Nintendo 3DS in North America and other western territories later this year, publisher Bandai Namco confirmed today.
Developed by Guilty Gear and BlazBlue creator Arc System Works, Extreme Butoden brings together a broad selection of golden-haired warriors for a massively destructive 2D fight to the finish. The game features over 20 playable fighters, along with dozens more characters plucked from the Dragon Ball universe who will serve a supplemental role in battle.
Extreme Butoden follows up on 2011’s Japan-exclusive brawler Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butoden for the Nintendo DS. Though many Dragon Ball games have been localized and released stateside over the last several years, Ultimate Butoden was passed over for a western release.
Other recent Dragon Ball games include the fighting game compilation Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection, online multiplayer-enabled brawler Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, and this year’s Dragon Ball: Xenoverse for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC platforms. An oddball spinoff game for the Xbox 360’s Kinect peripheral premiered in 2012, allowing players to mimic physical movements from the animated series in order to fight in-game enemies.
Dragon Ball is a long-running anime and manga series, spawning video game adaptations as far back as the 8-bit NES era. The upcoming Dragon Ball Super marks the first time a new animated Dragon Ball series has entered production in 18 years. The first episode of Dragon Ball Super is scheduled to air in Japan on July 5.
Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden will launch in North America at retail and via the Nintendo 3DS eShop on October 11. In the meantime expect it to just be standing around somewhere clenching, yelling, and glowing ever-brighter for a while as we focus on Bulma’s B story.