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Game Boy Advance
GENRE
Action
DEVELOPER
Dimps
PUBLISHER
Banpresto
CONNECTIVITY
No
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE
March 7
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Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure

Not everyone remembers, but the Dragon Ball saga actually began with Goku as a somewhat dense, but still incredibly strong, youth. While most video games based on the Dragon Ball property have focused on the combat-heavy Dragon Ball Z saga, this time around, the game will focus on Goku's earliest adventures.

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impressions

Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure features a younger, shorter Goku in a few distinct variations of gameplay. The main quest revolves around side-scrolling levels the boy, who still sports his furry tail, must progress. The platforming is somewhat more combat-heavy than most entries in the genre, which is clearly appropriate for a Dragon Ball game. In addition to his standard array of punches and kicks, Goku can use his extendable staff and a few other moves as well. Some signature moves, like the Kamehameha, aren't learned until later on in the adventure.

Several previous Dragon Ball games have been one-on-one fighters, and Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure doesn't disappoint either. Special encounters in the quest mode utilize the fighting engine, like the original Budokai or World Martial Arts Tournament, in which Goku and his training partner Krillin will participate. One-on-one battles are also possible right out of the box and can be played without actually touching the main adventure. The game also supports two-player combat with the GBA Link Cable.

A third mode of play is similar to the 2D shooters of old, featuring Goku riding his flying cloud, Kinto'Un, through waves of enemies. In contrast to these traditional shooters, Goku does not actually fire lasers or projectiles, but instead must punch or kick enemies as they appear on screen.

word on the street

Dragon Ball games are consistently popular, so it seems likely that Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure will have a built-in fan base to work from. That being said, it's good to see that this title not only shakes off the standard formula of the games, but also draws from different subject material from within the franchise. With many varied modes of play, it's possible that non-Dragon Ball fans, or those who haven't played any of the games in a while, might want to check out this latest offering.

press release notes

Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure is THE way to experience the origins of DBZ and the rise of Goku, the most powerful hero the universe has ever known.

overall

Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure should serve as a refreshing breeze for the Dragon Ball gaming franchise, which has seen some repetitive and somewhat uninspired, if technically competent, entries as of late. This title offers some old-school portable fun from an old-school Dragon Ball universe, and you can see for yourself how it stacks up next week.





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