Dragon Ball Z is arguably the most popular Japanese anime all-time and started to become popular in countries like America during the mid to late 90’s. While the Dragon Ball Z anime grew in popularity in the anime scene during the 90’s; DBZ video games did not start to become popular in western countries until the 00’s decade. During the 00’s decade we got to see titles like the DBZ: Budokai trilogy from ‘02-‘04 along with the Tenkaichi series from ‘05-‘10. The Dragon Ball Z 3D titles were more memorable because the gameplay was far superior and closers to the actual show; opposed to the 2D titles that appeared on the SNES & PS1 during the 90’s. However, games like the DBZ: Super Butoden series from ‘93-‘94 were somewhat memorable because the gameplay was unique in comparison to your standard fighting game. The first DBZ: Super Butoden game was developed by Tose and published by Bandai and was released in Japan and Europe in March 1993. The game featured several high-profile characters including Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Future Trunks and Piccolo; along with villainous characters like Frieza, Cell, Androids 16 & 18 and Dr Gero. DBZ: Super Butoden featured three different game mode one of them featured arcade gameplay where players started of in the Saiyan saga and finished in the Cell Games.
There some who would argue that the gameplay for DBZ: Super Butoden was more superior than that of Street Fighter II: World Warrior from ‘91. However, Street Fighter II: World Warrior was a game that paved the way for 2D fighting games in general and is far more iconic. While DBZ: Super Butoden managed to reach approximately 1.3 million in sales following its initial release; there are fans of DBZ who believe the game does not get the type of recognition that it deserved. DBZ: Super Butoden felt like it was ahead of its time in terms of gameplay and had a memorable soundtrack. The two sequels of DBZ: Super Butoden were better than the and its somewhat of a shame that we never got a sequel to the third installment from 1994. Even though, DBZ: Super Butoden is a game that many people may not be aware of; its still considered to be a gem from the 16-bit era of gaming.