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.