Retro Gaming 90’s- Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle (1994)

When it comes down to underrated arcade games from the early to mid 90’s Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle is a game that does not get the credit that it deserves. In fact, there are most likely a handful of long time DBZ fans who have never heard of Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle from ‘94-‘95. The reason why Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle was so special is because it’s arguably the best DBZ related video game to have come out of the 90’s decade. The gameplay for DBZ 2: Super Battle was very similar to that of the Butoden series for the SNES except the gameplay and presentation looked about ten times better. This DBZ 2: Super Battle was manufactured by Banpresto and featured ten playable characters from from the series each with their own respective stages. The character featured on DBZ 2: Super Battle included Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Cell, Android 18, Android 20, Mr. Satan, Piccolo Future Trunks along with Android 16. The gameplay for DBZ 2: Super Battle was addictive and the 2D graphics & sprites were very crisp especially by ‘94-‘95 standards.

Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle had a basic arcade mode with no storytelling and a 2 player versus mode. Despite, the game’s limited roster size and lack of storytelling Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle was an addictive fast paced fighting game; that casuals and hardcore fans of the DBZ series could easily sink their teeth into back in the day. In fact, Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle was arguably a better game than the likes of Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout which came out for the PS1 in 1997. If anything Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle was ahead of its time mainly because it was released in America before DBZ really started to get hot on Toonami during ‘98-‘99. It’s a shame that Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle never officially received a spiritual successor because it could of been very popular in America back in the day.

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