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Release year: 1992 | Players: 1 player | Developed by TOSE / Bandai

Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu (SNES)

Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu (AKA ドラゴンボールZ 超サイヤ伝説, Doragon Bōru Zetto Supā Saiya Densetsu; lit. “Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Legend” in Japan) is a 2D role-playing game (RPG) card-based game developed and released by Bandai for the Super Famicom (Super NES) in 1992. It is the first RPG in the DBZ SNES video games saga and was followed by Dragon Ball Z: Super Butouden.

Rating its storyline, Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu has an impressive plot, which is actually no surprise. It started with Saiyan Saga and ended up with Frieza Saga. There is a change of POV per chapter which meant the use of different characters including Goku, Piccolo, Gohan, etc.

Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu Cover Box

Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu Cover (SNES JAP / SFC)

TOSE, the company that developed the game, made a good decision to stray its gameplay away from other card-based adaptations. Unlike other versions, the characters’ actions are not limited to the card the player picked. Drawn by five, the cards only determine the attack the character will use as well as the bonus points to power it up. Each character reacts differently to each card so the effectiveness of the draw relies on the characters’ strengths and weaknesses.

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Additional features such as training houses were added to the game where players can train their characters to improve special Ki power. Another one includes Dragon Radar which can be used to discover location of magical Dragon Balls. The only downplay is the limit for highest level per stage and fighting after reaching it makes the game somewhat boring.

The graphics of Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu are pretty average. The game has well-designed characters but the color scheme used is too lively for DBZ. The effects of the fighting parts are commendable. The audio, on the other hand, is a big disappointment. It is repetitive and definitely could use some improvements.

The game lived up to its predecessor games. It has simple yet challenging gameplay which will make DB fans and non-fans enjoy playing it.

Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu game has only been ported to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).

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