Skip to main content

Kamehameha on the go! Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden heads stateside this year on 3DS

dragon ball z extreme butoden 3ds announce dbz header
Image used with permission by copyright holder
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.

Dragon Ball Z Extreme Butoden Gameplay Trailer (2015) 【HD】

Editors' Recommendations

Danny Cowan
Danny’s passion for video games was ignited upon his first encounter with Nintendo’s Duck Hunt, and years later, he still…
The most common Nintendo 3DS problems, and how to fix them
common nintendo 3ds problems and how to fix them d72661797c228a53b550835a16f6ff6ed709e7e8

The 3DS is one of the best gaming consoles around, with a great library built up after nearly 10 years in circulation. But the system has also run into its fair share of technical hiccups over the years. There’s nothing worse than pulling out your favorite 3DS games, only to find the system doesn't work as expected, particularly when you aren't sure how to fix them.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of known technical issues 3DS owners have been dealing with, along with some steps you can take to fix or prevent them. Some of these only apply to a particular version of the system -- the original 3DS’ design is substantially different than the New 3DS XL, for instance -- while others are issues that occur across the entire 3DS family.
How to get in touch with Nintendo

Read more
Nintendo’s 3DS discontinuation marks the end of an era for handheld gaming
Person holding Nintendo 3DS in hands

While yesterday’s PlayStation 5 launch announcement marked an exciting moment for the future of gaming, Nintendo quietly put an end to the era of dedicated, portable gaming devices. The company confirmed that it has discontinued production of the Nintendo 3DS family of handhelds.

On paper, the decision is a no-brainer. The Nintendo Switch is a massive success for the company, bringing the worlds of console and handheld gaming together. While Nintendo maintained its position that the Switch was not a replacement for the 3DS over the years — reiterating that point last year when the Switch Lite launched — it had become increasingly clear that the 3DS was outdated within Nintendo’s new strategy.

Read more
Is this it for the Nintendo 3DS? No new first-party games in the works
New Nintendo 2DS XL Review

There is no official announcement that the Nintendo 3DS is winding down, but the contents of a financial briefing by the video game company hinted that the handheld console is nearing the end of its rope.

More specifically, it is the lack of content regarding the Nintendo 3DS in the briefing that signals the decline of the handheld console, according to Kotaku.

Read more