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'Dragon Ball Z' Announced For Nintendo GameCube This Fall

by Thomas on May 8, 2003 @ 5:25 a.m. PDT

The blockbuster fighting game of 2002 makes its way to the GameCube as Atari today announced that Dragon Ball Z: Budokai will be available for Nintendo players nationwide this October. Created by DIMPS, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai has shipped more than 1.3 million units in North America since its December 2002 release on the PS2.

"We are thrilled to bring Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(TM) to the Nintendo GameCube with a heart-pounding interactive parallel to some of the most exciting sagas from the animated television series," said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of marketing, Atari's Beverly studio. "Nintendo GameCube owners who have eagerly awaited the Nintendo GameCube arrival will now be able to enjoy all the Dragon Ball Z® excitement that made Budokai such a hit."

Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(TM) spans from the Saiyan(TM) Saga through the Cell Games and allows players to experience the fantastic DBZ® universe. The game features five heart-pounding fighting modes, including Story Mode, where players reenact some of the most exciting scenes from the animated series, and Tournament Mode, where players can face off to crown a single DBZ® fighting champion. With 23 of the most famous DBZ® heroes and villains in full 3D, Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(TM) spans 29 heart-stopping levels and features over 60 different combo moves per character, including their most infamous attacks from the animated series.

Originally developed in Japan, the Dragon Ball series has become the number one animated series in many countries including Japan, France, Spain, Hong Kong and Mexico. It is the top-rated series on Cartoon Network's Toonami block 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 the 2002 season's launch line-up.

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