Atari Announces DBZ: Budokai 2
A thrilling new addition to the Dragon Ball Z® series is coming
to the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system, Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq:
ATAR) announced today. Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(tm) 2
will feature never seen before character fusions, a new
single player mode, opponents new to the video game world and "Toriyama
shading," a new and unique style of shading coined after the
original author of the Dragon Ball series, Akira Toriyama. A sequel
to the best-selling Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(tm) game,
Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(tm) 2 is currently in production
by developer Dimps, and is scheduled to ship in December 2003.
"The Dragon Ball Z® video game franchise has achieved significant
success and fan status because they invite fans to 'play the show',"
said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of marketing for Atari's
Beverly studio. "Budokai(tm) 2 will once again
demonstrate Atari's ongoing commitment to delivering fresh and
compelling interactive entertainment."
"Atari continues to captivate fans by letting them participate in
an authentically recreated, Dragon Ball Z® universe, including all
of the most compelling story lines and memorable characters, said
Gen Fukunaga, president of FUNimation Productions. "With surprising
gameplay features and graphics enhancements, Budokai(tm) 2
looks to set a new standard of DBZ® video game excellence."
With highly detailed Toriyama shaded graphics, Dragon
Ball Z®: Budokai(tm) 2 features 34 of the toughest, most
seasoned heroes and villains from throughout the Dragon Ball Z®
sagas. The World Games through the Kid Buu sagas of the Dragon Ball
Z® animated series are "all new" in the Budokai(tm) 2
experience. Players can battle in eight highly destructive arenas
covering four gameplay modes, including Versus, Tournament, Training
and the all-new, single-player experience, Dragon Mode, where
players join forces with a team of AI-controlled DBZ® fighters on a
quest to capture all seven Dragon Balls. Fans can perform fusions -
the combination of two fighters into one, taken directly from the
animated series - and play as the mighty villain Buu(tm), who
appears in three forms, Maijin Buu, Super Buu and Kid Buu.
Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai(tm) 2
follows on the heels of its successful predecessor, which has
sold more than 1.1 million units in North America alone. As of June
2003, the partnership between Atari and FUNimation has resulted in
Dragon Ball Z® video game sales totaling over 3 million units and
$110 million in the U.S. (Data according to the NPD Group, Inc.).
The Dragon Ball brand has generated over $3 billion in worldwide
licensed merchandise - a number that few animated series can compete
with. 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 according to Lycos.