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Release year: 1996-1997 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Bandai

Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension (AKA ドラゴンボールZ ハイパー ディメンション, Doragon Bōru Zetto Haipā Dimenshon) is the last fighting Dragon Ball game released in 1996 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). It features a story which is quite similar to the one in the anime, happening during the late Frieza saga up until the Kid Buu saga. Kame Hame Ha!

A noticeable difference of Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension for SNES from the anime would be how the plot progression continues despite certain characters losing specific battles. On the other hand, deaths of characters such as Goku or Gohan will require the use of a Senzu Bean in order to continue playing. As you’d expect, the first fight is with Frieza in planet Namek and it ends with Kid Buu. The story mode is quite unfaithful to the original story though due to the lack of available characters… But it’s a Goku game!

When compared to the other titles in the Butouden series, players will notice that the HP and Power bars are nowhere to be found. Instead, in Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension character health is displayed using a number system from 1 to 999 which can be charged during battle.

Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension Cover Box

On top of the story mode, three other modes are available as well. These are Versus Mode, where a one-on-one match between two players or a player and the CPU can take place; Tournament Mode, where a player enters in a tournament between 8 players (or CPUs); and Practice Mode which is a fight between the player and the CPU, allowing no damage to the player and thereby enabling the player to practice his skills.

In general, Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension is a good fighting retro video game, although it is a little on the slower side and with really dark atmosphere. It is also the first game of the Dragon Ball franchise to use Kid Buu as playable character and that is really cool.

It has not been ported to any other system, but you can buy the original cartridge on Ebay or other stores and enjoy it on your Super NES console.