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Dragon Ball Z: Buyuu Retsuden

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Dragon Ball Z: Buyuu Retsuden
Publisher: Bandai, Ecofilmes (PT)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Peripherals supported: Six button pad
Genre: Action































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥8,800 T-133013
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas
Sega Mega Drive
PT
?PTE$ MDJSB0672



Dragon Ball Z: Buyuu Retsuden (ドラゴンボールZ 武勇列伝) is a 1994 fighting game by Bandai for the Sega Mega Drive made with the Dragon Ball Z license released exclusively in Japan — and also France and Spain, due to the great popularity of the Dragon Ball Z anime in these European countries. The French/Spanish version was renamed Dragon Ball Z: L'Appel du Destin and has the game translated to French language and the instruction booklet in French and Spanish languages.

The game was also distributed in Portugal in 1996 where it is simply called Dragon Ball Z.The first version of the game sold in the region was just the Japanese version with a regular photocopy of the spanish half of the French / Spanish version instruction manual and a Mega Key 2 included. For the second version the distributor, Ecofilmes, would take Japanese copies of the game, replace the cover (copied from the cover of a VHS Dragon Ball Z movie tape by Japanese scriptwriter and series director Kazuhisa Takenouchi (竹之内 和久) sold by Prisvideo, a sister company of Ecofilmes during the same period in the region) and the manual with Portuguese translated equivalents (but keep the Japanese cart), and sell the game as is, promising a free converter cart (Mega Key III) as the Japanese cartridges cannot fit into European Mega Drives. A 500$00 Escudos discount coupon (2.50€) was offered with the game for the aforementioned VHS tape. Some time after, they released a third version and switched to use the French version cartridge. The three versions are now very rare.

Gameplay

The game is a typical fighting game. A punches, B kicks, Up jumps, and various combination moves can be done by holding the various controller buttons together. The C button is used to switch between staying on land and flying in the sky.

An unique feature in this game is that both characters will always be on-screen simultaneously — leading to the game doing vertical split-screen with scrolling, rotating split screen, and various other neat tricks the Mega Drive was not known for doing (accomplished using various tricks with VDP layer management). This feature is in fact required by some of the strongest moves (which require both players to be far away from each other).

Playable characters

  • Goku
  • Vegeta
  • 18
  • Rekum
  • Gohan
  • Trunks
  • Kurilin
  • Ginyu
  • Piccolo
  • Cell
  • Freeza

Magazine articles

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Buyuu Retsuden/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 №32, p90/91/92/93
83 №31, p44/45
81 №21, p52-54[1]
77 №22, p44/45
80 №43, p32/33
64 №57, p66
62 №35, p60/61
Sega Mega Drive
76
Based on
7 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
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Cover
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Cart
Dbzbr md jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, FR/ES
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Cover
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Cart
Dragon Ball Z L'Appel du Destin MD ES Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, PT(1st Version)
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Cover
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Cart
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Mega Key 2
Mega Drive, PT(2nd Version)
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Cover
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Cart
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Mega Key III
Mega Drive, PT(3rd Version)
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Cover
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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 af8f3371
MD5 ae9347eeea41c1a02565a187a4bf28f7
SHA-1 dc6336dfbbe76c24ada735009d0d667ce27843f6
2MB 1994-03 Cartridge (JP)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f035c737
MD5 9386f82fc9ab95294ca35961db80d0b9
SHA-1 5ff71986f4911b5dfd16598a5a3a9ba398c92c60
2MB 1994-03 Cartridge (FR)

External links

References

  1. File:MeanMachinesSega21UK.pdf, page 52


Dragon Ball Z franchise games for Sega systems
Arcade
Dragon Ball Z V.R.V.S. (1994)
Sega Mega Drive
Dragon Ball Z: Buyuu Retsuden (1994)
Sega Saturn
Dragon Ball Z: Shinbutouden (1995) | Dragon Ball Z Idainaru Dragon Ball Densetsu (1996)