However, with the expiration of the Atari deal in 2009, Namco Bandai Games assumed the North American and European distribution rights, officially starting in 2010 (but really starting with the 2009 releases of Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast and Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo). It was released by Epoch, making it the only game not to feature any kind of involvement with Bandai or the subsequent Namco Bandai.
was released in Japan for the Famicom on August 12, 1988 by Bandai. It was one of the first games to have a board game, which included battles using cards.The battle card games are a hybrid of role playing games, board games and trading cards.The main character is Goku as a child and adult, though Krillin and Yamcha are also playable. was the first Dragon Ball Z game to be released for the Famicom system.It was released by Bandai on October 27, 1990 in Japan.Since 1986, many video games based on the property have been released in Japan, with the majority being produced by Bandai.
Most of the games from the 16-bit and 32-bit eras were also localized and released in European countries like France, Spain and Portugal because of the strong following the series already had in those countries.Super Butōden 2 features 10 playable characters (In the Japanese version are 8 normal, 2 unlockable with a code) and its story mode covers the Cell Games as well as several stories involving Bojack, Zangya, and Broly completely unrelated to the movies they hail from.For unknown reasons, these three characters were renamed Kujila, Aki, and Tara in the French version, respectively.The series follows the adventures of Goku as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in search of the seven wish-granting orbs known as the Dragon Balls.The games are of various genres, mostly role-playing, platform and fighting games, although the latter have become the most prominent.The game features Nappa, Vegeta (two illusion Saiyans who fight Yamcha, Tien, Piccolo, Gohan and Krillin in the anime) and Vegeta (an original who transforms into a Giant Ape).