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V-Jump Reveals Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3

by Chris Clement (2007-05-21)

Update: Atari issued a press release revealing more details about Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3.

Developed in collaboration between Namco Bandai and Spike, Budokai Tenkaichi 3 will feature improved visuals, 150 characters, enhanced fighting techniques and improved Wii Remote controls. Additionally, the developers have added a night and day component to each of the 20 stages, allowing players to transform characters for more power under the right circumstances.

"Atari is incredibly excited to offer the ultimate chapter in the Budokai Tenkaichi series with over 20 new characters that have never been seen in any other DBZ video games such as Nail, King Cold and King Vegeta and battle stages that fans will love," said Atari Senior Product Manager Emily Anadu. "Each year, the developers refine the game to bring fans closer to feeling like they are actually playing the show."

Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is expected to ship this holiday season. First media for the game can be found in our media section.

Stay tuned to The Wiire for the latest Wii rumblings.

Original Story: Japanese manga and video game magazine V-Jump reported a new game in the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi series of fighting games will release on Wii. While details are scarce, V-Jump confirmed the inclusion of King Vegeta, King Cold and Nail as playable characters.

Known in Japan as Dragon Ball Z: Sparking Meteor, the game is expected to release in that territory later this year. Release of the game outside of Japan is expected, but no official announcement has been made.

Sparking Meteor's predecessor, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, released on Wii in November 2006. The Wiire reviewed Budokai Tenkaichi 2 upon the game's release, giving it an overall grade of B+. The title also earned Innovative Design, Infinite Replay, and Eye Candy awards. The full review can be found here. More information on the Wiire's review system can be found in our review guide.

Stay with the Wiire for the latest news on Dragon Ball Z: Sparking Meteor as information becomes available.