Dragon Ball Z: Buyuu Retsuden

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Dragon Ball Z: Buyuu Retsuden
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Bandai, Ecofilmes (PT)
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Official in-game languages:
  • 日本語
  • Français
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    ¥8,800 T-133013
    Sega Mega Drive
    Sega Mega Drive
    Sega Mega Drive
    ?PTE$ MDJSB0672

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    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.


    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


    This game was 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, during this time, where it is simply called Dragon Ball Z. The first version of the game sold in the region was the Japanese version, released with a Mega Key 2 and the Spanish instructions of the Dragon Ball Z: L'Appel du Destin FR/ES version, copied and printed on both sides of an A4 paper sheet, included as a manual (and the original Japanese manual). Later, in 1996, for the second version, the distributor Ecofilmes, would take Japanese copies of the game, replace the cover by one from a Dragon Ball Z VHS cassette[1][2] directed by Japanese scriptwriter and series director Kazuhisa Takenouchi[3][4] (竹之内 和久) sold by Prisvideo-Edições Videográficas, Lda (Prisvideo signed a contract in 1996 with, London based Manga Entertainment[5], a producer, licensee, and distributor of Japanese animation in the United States and United Kingdom, to release their anime films[6] in Portugal) 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 cassette. Some time after, they released a third version and switched to use the French version cartridge. The three versions are now very rare.


    Localised names

    Also known as
    Language Localised Name English Translation
    Japanese Dragon Ball Z: Buyuu Retsuden (ドラゴンボールZ 武勇列伝)
    French Dragon Ball Z: L'Appel du Destin Dragon Ball Z: The Call of Destiny

    Magazine articles

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

    Promotional material

    BeepMD JP 1994-04.pdfBeepMD JP 1994-04.pdf

    Print advert in (JP) #1994-04: "April 1994" (1994-03-08)

    BeepMD JP 1994-05.pdfBeepMD JP 1994-05.pdf

    Print advert in (JP) #1994-05: "May 1994" (1994-04-08)

    Photo gallery

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    63 №1991-11, p35[7]
    73 №, p83[8]
    85 №32, p90/91/92/93
    30 №1991-09, p91
    83 №31, p44/45
    81 №21, p52-54[9]
    77 №22, p44/45
    80 №43, p32/33
    64 №57, p66
    62 №35, p60/61
    Sega Mega Drive
    Based on
    10 reviews

    Mega Drive, JP
    DBZBR MD JP Box.jpg
    DragonBallZ MD JP CartTop.jpg
    DragonBallZ MD JP Cart.jpg
    Dbzbr md jp manual.pdf
    Mega Drive, FR/ES
    DBZBR MD FR Box.jpg
    Dragon Ball Z L'Appel du Destin MD ES Manual.pdf
    Mega Drive, PT(1st Version)
    DBZBR MD JP Box.jpg
    DragonBallZ MD JP Cart.jpg
    MegaKey2 MD Alt.jpg
    Mega Key 2
    Mega Drive, PT(2nd Version)
    DBZ MD PT Box Back.jpgDBZ MD PT Box Spine.jpgDBZ Cover pt.jpg
    DragonBallZ MD JP Cart.jpg
    MegaKey3 MD.jpg
    Mega Key III
    Mega Drive, PT(3rd Version)

    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


    Dragon Ball Z franchise games for Sega systems
    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)