Back near the end of the lifecycle of the PS2, Bandai teamed up with a new studio called “Craft & Meister”(Founded by the producer of Street Fighter II) to create a Dragonball Z game that didn’t suck. The result was a game called “Super Dragonball Z”, which enjoyed a bit of popularity in Japanese arcades, but failed to make nearly the same dent in the United States. The game featured a pretty unique card system– in which as you battled, you customized the character you played. So your Trunks could have an entirely different set of Super Arts or a stronger weapon for your normals.
However, Super DBZ was underrated for a lot of reasons, almost criminally. A lot of people cried out against the roster size in comparison to other Dragonball Z games, and people who had never played it scoffed at the idea that the game could have any real depth. Well, hindsight is 20/20. This video, posted by ReXXXSoprano is a series of high level matches of Super DBZ– and if anything, it’s terribly sad to see that this game never took off in the states. It’s exciting to watch, and if anything– makes you think how the game would have fared if released in the new renaissance of fighters. ReXXX has also posted a large article detailing the merits of the game, which you can check out over at his Facebook page.
Till then, enjoy a solid hour and thirteen minutes of this slick Super DBZ Tournament footage. Maybe someday, we’ll get another crack at it.
Source: ReXXXSoprano’s Youtube