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'Dragon Ball Z: Budokai' (NGC) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on Oct. 28, 2003 @ 11:19 a.m. PST

The most popular fighting game of 2002 enters a new arena as Atari today shipped Dragon Ball Z: Budokai for Nintendo GameCube. Developed by DIMPS, the Nintendo GameCube version brings exclusive, highly-detailed 3D character models that vividly reflect the visual style of the hit animated series while maintaining the authentic fighting action sought by DBZ fans. The Dragon Ball Z video game franchise has been one of the industry's most successful over the last 18 months, and Dragon Ball Z: Budokai for the PlayStation2 has shipped more than 1.4 million units in North America since its December 2002 release.

"With enhanced graphics that truly recreate the essence of Dragon Ball Z®, Nintendo GameCube owners will now get to enjoy their own unique version of Budokai," said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of marketing for Atari's Beverly studio. "Due to the incredible popularity of the Dragon Ball Z® franchise and its enormous fan base, it was only natural that Atari bring Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(tm) to the Nintendo GameCube."

Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(tm) spans the Saiyan Saga through the Cell Games, and features five epic play modes, including Story, Duel, Practice, Tournament and Legend of Hercule. Test your skills against the most powerful heroes and the most sinister villains as you play as one of 23 mighty DBZ® characters. Many of them are unlockable, and you can unleash up to 60 different combo moves for each character. Every battle is more intense and more dangerous than before - will you be the last warrior standing?

The Dragon Ball brand has generated over $3 billion in worldwide licensed merchandise. It is among the top-rated series on Cartoon Network and was the number-one rated show among all U.S. cable TV programs for 'tweens 9-14, boys 9-14 and men 12-24 during 2002 season's launch line-up. For the second consecutive year, "Dragon Ball" was the most searched-for term on the Internet in 2002 according to Lycos.

Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(tm) for Nintendo GameCube is currently available at a suggested retail price of $29.99 and rated "T" for Teen. For additional information on Dragon Ball Z®, visit www.dragonballz.com.

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