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Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden

The new fighter Dragon Ball FighterZ has received a great deal of attention since its announcement at E3. However, it’s not the first time that Bandai Namco and Arc System Works are partnering on this sort of game. The two companies worked together on Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden, which came to 3DS in 2015.

With Dragon Ball FighterZ having been revealed, Game Informer spoke with producer Tomoko Hiroki about Extreme Butoden’s origins. When asked why Bandai Namco was interested in working with Arc System Works in the first place, Hiroki explained:

“Because we’ve had games like Super Butoden (a fighting game that released on the Super Nintendo) we’ve had a lot of fans saying, ‘We believe the roots of Dragon Ball [in games] are actually 2D fighting games.’ And we knew that Arc System Works had this pedigree. That’s where we felt their appeal was, and why we’re deciding to work with them.”

Dragon Ball FighterZ is currently not planned for Switch. Hiroki has suggested that it could come to the console with enough fan interest, however.

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Back in September, it was revealed that Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden and One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum would be receiving special updates to allow for cross-play. We can now say this is now available for the two games.

After applying the update, Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden and One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum players can battle against each other. Online and local play are both supported.

One important note: Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden players can only choose characters from the Dragon Ball series, and vice versa for One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum.

View a trailer for the new cross-play feature in Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden and One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum below.

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Bandai Namco is updating One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum and Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden in a rather interesting way. The two games, both of which are 2D fighters created by Arc System Works, will allow for cross-play before the end of this year. Players will be able to battle against each other locally or online, according to the One Piece: Great Pirate Colosseum website.

An update is planned for release to enable the functionality in early November. It will be free to all players.

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Update: The update might be coming tomorrow instead. Despite the trailer saying today (and Bandai Namco UK saying the same thing on Twitter), the press release says tomorrow. Regardless, it’s coming very soon!


Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is receiving a significant update today. Bandai Namco has added in three new modes and more.

After downloading the patch, players can participate in “online mode, training mode to practice your skills and the new extreme survival mode which will push you to the limit”. New Z Assist Characters have also been added in, including Goku Farmer. The update also makes balance tweaks and adjustments to some character moves.

Check out a trailer for the Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden “Extreme Patch” below.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden is half off on Amazon. The game originally went for $30, but can now be purchased for $14.62. Orders can be placed here.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden has received its first notable sale. The initial price was $30, but it’s now down to $16.53 on Amazon. You can find the product page here for more information.

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden recently came out in both North America and Europe. For a lengthy look at the game, check out the video below.

Bandai Namco brought out Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden in North America earlier this week. You can check out 14 minutes of footage below.

New modes are on the way to Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden. In the most recent issue of V-Jump, it’s announced that the game will be adding online battles and a training mode.

Along with new modes, it looks like a collaboration with the Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 is in the works. That’s on top of new support characters as well.

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Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden will be out this Friday in Europe, and next Tuesday in North America. View the game’s launch trailer below.