Namco releases Dragonball Zenkai Battle Royale in Japan

arcadehero May 27, 2011 3

Newsfeed 1046 via The Stinger Report

Dragonball Zenkai Battle Royale is the latest arcade release from Namco Bandai in Japan and I wonder if they are building up a whole class of new “Battle Royale” games. First there was Pac-Man Battle Royale and now this. Perhaps next we’ll have Time Crisis or Starblade Battle Royale (yeah, another pipe dream of mine)  It’s a whole arena game genre ripe for the picking.

Beyond that, I’m not sure how high the chances are that you’ll see this DBZ game outside of Japan but who knows, a few brave souls might end up importing it, despite all of the instructions being in Japanese. It uses the PS3-based System 357 hardware and it looks like a very sleek game(as seen to the right, click to enlarge), with each player getting their own cabinet. For four units the price runs for 1,272,000 Yen, which is a little bit shy of $16,000 or $4000 per cabinet, which isn’t too bad when you compared it to something like Tekken Tag Tournament 2 which costs about 4 times that. Naturally an operator will have to get at least two to get any mileage out of the game. They could make a 4 player cabinet at a lower price than 4 separate cab, make it a square cabinet with a screen and control panel on each side and some attract lighting in-between. But I guess that wouldn’t be the “right way” or something.

[Images via GameWatch]

[Official Dragonball Zenkai Website]


  1. Arcades4ever June 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    They really ought to bring this game worldwide and do it in a way that would fit in with western customes, not the software but the cabinets due to the high cost. Dragonball series is one of the most popular animes in the world so they really should bring it to the west after airing dragonball z kai. I miss seeing up to date joystick games in the arcades like what they still make and have in japan arcades

  2. Steven Rodriguez June 2, 2011 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    The only issue with importing tekken tag 2 is that it is based on some sort of online updating system. It might not update online if you import it in the states. By the way, those DBZ cabinets look cool. I wonder how much a cabinet would be by itself to import into the USA??

  3. Bowmik May 30, 2012 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Can someone tell me more about the Noir Cabinet Blue Light Version that carries both the new Dragon Ball Game, and the Tekken Tag Team 2. I’m in the middle of writting a business plan for a start-up arcade/gaming lounge and I want to carry these tittles. The Noir cabinet might save me money, but i want it to be legit.

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