Dragon Ball  
Video Game Title: Dragon Ball Z - Legends
Console: Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation
Release Date: May, 31 1996
Publisher: Bandai
Launch Price: ¥5800

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Reviewer: Michael Huh

Dragon Ball Z Legends is considered by many to be the best Dragon Ball Z game on 32-bit platforms. Unlike previous Dragon Ball Z fighting games, this game uses a new battle engine, unlike the previous Super Butoden series on the SNES. This new battle engine is capable of creating three-on-three battles within a 3D atmosphere. It truely represents the huge battles that occur in the Dragon Ball Z TV and manga series.

The FMV introduction to Dragon Ball Z Legends is amazing. You see the summoning of the Namek Dragon with the portraits of Son Goku, Son Gohan, Krillin, Piccolo, Vegeta, Trunks and Gotenks fading by into the background.

The story in this game is based on the entire Z series and is divided into 8 major battles:

Battle 1: Nappa and Vegeta

Battle 2: Ginyu Force

Battle 3: Frieza

Battle 4: Artificial Humans 19 and 20 and Artifical Humans 16, 17, and 18

Battle 5: Cell

Battle 6: Majin-Boo (1st Form)

Battle 7: Majin-Boo (1st and 2nd Form)

Battle 8: Majin-Boo (3rd Form)

Before each fight, some shots from Dragon Ball Z are shown, with the narrator from the original TV series explaining the beginning of the battle in Japanese. The new battle engine is very impressive. The characters are able to fight exactly as they did in the anime. They can fly miles up into the sky, while their opponent is standing on the ground. They can also unleash dozens of kicks and punches with a single button press, which gives you the same feeling of speed as in the anime. The special attacks that each character can perform are recognizable from the anime and are reproduced impressively. The characters you control can also escape from attacks by vanishing, and reappearing behind your opponent with a powerful counter attack. Everything just looks and feels like Dragon Ball Z.

In Dragon Ball Z Legends, the player can play as three characters at once and can battle against the CPU, who can also have three characters. For example, in the first battle of the game, you have the choice of Son Goku, Son Gohan, Piccolo, or Krillin. The player can choose three characters among your choices. After the choice of characters have been made, the fight against Nappa only begins. Once you defeat Nappa, Vegeta will show up and fight your team. You can only control one of the characters at a time. The other two characters are controlled by the CPU and automatically attacks the other team. You can switch characters anytime you want. You can also swap between characters that you did not choose initially. If you get tired of smashing on the buttons, you can let the CPU fight for you while you watch, but this will result in a lower score at the end of the battle. You can also listen to the comments made by people like Kame and Kaioh-Shin (according to how far you progressed in the game) and the characters you did not choose, when you are watching the CPU fight for you.

The point of this game is to diminish all of your opponents' health, but this cannot be done directly by just attacking. At the bottom of the screen, there is a meter that is showing the power balance between the two teams. At the beginning of the battle, the meter is divided equally into blue and red. Blue represents the player's power over the battle and red represents the CPU's power over the battle. Each time a character hits any of the opponents, the color representing its team will increase. When the meter is totally blue or red, either the player or the character can perform a special attack, like the Kamehameha or the Genki Dama. Many of these special attacks are recognizable from the TV and manga series. After a special attack is performed, the character that was hit with the special attack will have reduced health, usually about 1/3 of his/her total health. This really makes the battles in Dragon Ball Z Legends last very long, as you can only cause damage to one character with the special attack. You can always save the game after each battle, so if you ever get tired, you can always come back later.

There is a Vs. Mode in this game that will allow you and another player to select any of the 35 characters you fought against in Story Mode and fight each other. However, a major disappointment about this mode is that the battlefield is extremely limited and it will not allow for some long and major battles. There is also a hidden mode that you can access once you have completed all 8 battles in Story Mode. This new mode is called SP Mode and will allow you to fight imaginary battles that would not really happen in the Dragon Ball Z storyline, such as Vegeta, Nappa, and Goku fighting against the Ginyu Force. It really adds the playability to this game.

The music in the game really fits the action quite well, unlike some of the repetitive music that Bandai has used in most of its Dragon Ball video games. The ending music is also well done. All the speeches are taken from the actors/actress from the Japanese TV series. Anyone who has seen the Japanese Dragon Ball TV series should be able to recognize some of the voices heard during the game.

The graphics within this game are okay, but most of the characters look a bit pixelated, especially during close-up views. Otherwise, you can recognize every single character at once. Each of the characters moves within the game are taken straight from the TV and manga series, which gives you a feeling of seeing and controlling the actual Dragon Ball Z characters. The main attractions (in my opinion) are the number of characters (35 in total) from the Dragon Ball Z series and the spectacular attacks that each character can perform. This game is a definite buy for Dragon Ball fans.


- New fighting engine reproduces the action in the TV/Manga series flawlessly.
- 35 recognizable Dragon Ball Z characters are playable.
- Special attacks performed by all characters look amazing in 3D.


- Battles can often be long and tedious.
- Some of the battles can be too easy to beat.
- The charatcers can sometimes look pixelated, especially during close-ups.


100% on Episode 7 & 8

Episode 7:  

1. SS Goku 3 performs his special attack on Majin-Boo (Form 1) twice.
2. Majin-Boo (Form 1) performs his special attack on SS Goku 3 twice.
3. SS Goku 3 defeats Majin-Boo (Form 1).
4. Take out SS Gokou 3, and switch to SS Gotenks 3.
5. SS Gotenks performs his special attack on Majin-Boo (Form 2) twice.
6. Majin-Boo (Form 2) defeats SS Gotenks 3.
7. Switch to Son Gohan.
8. Majin-Boo (Form 2) performs his special attack on Son Gohan twice.
9. Son Gohan defeats Majin-Boo (Form 2).

Extra Information:

- Piccolo must never enter this battle.
- A 9-hit combo must be performed.

Episode 8:

1. SS Vegetto performs his special attack on Majin-Boo (Form 2) twice.
2. Majin-Boo (Form 2) performs his special attack on SS Vegetto twice.
3. SS Vegetto defeats Majin-Boo (Form 2).
4. SS Goku 3 performs his special attack on Majin-Boo (Form 3) once.
5. Majin-Boo (Form 3) performs his special attack on SS Goku 3 twice.
5. SS Goku 3 reverts to Son Goku. Take out Son Goku and switch to SS Vegeta.
6. Majin-Boo (Form 3) performs his special attack on SS Vegeta twice. Majin-Boo (Form 1) comes in.
7. Majin-Boo (Form 3) defeats SS Vegeta.
8. Majin-Boo (Form 3) defeats Majin Boo (Form 1).
9. Switch to Son Goku and defeat Majin-Boo (Form 3).

Extra Information:

- A 10-hit combo must be performed.


1. At the end of any episode when the Z ranking screen is shown press and hold select, triangle, square, and X. Let go of those buttons and now when you press up and down you should see the Z rank go up and down. So you can raise your Z rank to 999% and see the special ending.
2. During the out-battle when you choose which characters go in or out press and hold the following:

L1 + triangle + square + X : Focus camera on a friendly character.
L2 + triangle + square + X : Focus camera on a enemy character.