Dragon Ball: Origins 2

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Dragon Ball: Origins 2
Dragon Ball Origins 2.jpg
Developer(s) Game Republic
Publisher(s) Bandai
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s)
  • JP February 11, 2010
  • NA June 22, 2010
  • EU July 2, 2010
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Nintendo DS Game Card

Dragon Ball: Origins 2, known as Dragon Ball DS 2: Charge! Red Ribbon Army (ドラゴンボールDS2 突撃! レッドリボン軍 Doragon Bōru Dī Esu Tsū Totsugeki! Reddo Ribon Gun?) in Japan, is a video game for the Nintendo DS based on the manga/anime franchise Dragon Ball created by Akira Toriyama. It is a follow up the 2008 game Dragon Ball: Origins. The game was developed by Game Republic and published by Namco Bandai throughout North America and everywhere else under the Bandai label.

The game allows players, with stylus and touchscreen, to take on the role of series protagonist Son Goku who must journey with his friend to find the seven mythical Dragon Balls and stop the evil organization the Red Ribbon Army from achieving their goal of world domination. The original Japanese release comes with a rom version of the 1986 Famicom video game Shenlong no Nazo included as a bonus feature.

Development[edit]

The game was first announced in the December issue of V Jump magazine. The announcement revealed the game would retain most of the mechanics from Origins, it would mostly follow the Red Ribbon Army story arc, and a Japanese release date for February 11 of the following year.[1] Later that month, it was announced that the game would include the emulated rom of the original Famicom game Shenron no Nazo (神龍の謎 Riddle of Shenlong?). This raised the question that if and when the game was released in English speaking markets, would the rom be included with an English translated script or be left out entirely,[2] as that game had been originally released throughout North America under the title Dragon Power in 1986, and all evidence of the Dragon Ball license was removed.[3] On February 18 the North American branch announced they would be distributing the game with the Origins moniker as used by Atari and would release the game sometime in the following summer. It was also revealed that the game would give the players the ability to play as not only Son Goku, but also Bulma, Kuririn, and Yamcha. Each character would have their own abilities and powerups. There would also include a two-player co-op mode.[4] In early May it was announced that Origins 2 would be one of six games featured at the 2010 E3 for a hands on demonstration.[5] On May 24, Namco Bandai North American branch released a statement announcing that the game was completed and would be released throughout North America on May 31. It was also stated that a playable demo would be available on the same day.[6]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 68.50%[7]
Metacritic 70/100[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Revolution B−[9]
GameSpot 5.5/10[10]
GameZone 8/10[11]
IGN 7.5/10[12]
Nintendo Power 8/10[13]
Nintendo World Report 6/10[14]
Official Nintendo Magazine 68%[15]

The game was met with average to mixed reception upon release, as GameRankings gave it a score of 68.50%,[7] while Metacritic gave it 70 out of 100.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "「DBDS2」発売決定!!". V Jump (in Japanese) (〒101-8050 Chiyoda, Tokyo Hitotsubashi 2-5-10: Shuesha): 23 & 24. December 2009. 
  2. ^ Spencer (December 23, 2009). "Nintendo DS Dragon Ball Game Includes Emulated Dragon Ball Game". Siliconera. Retrieved December 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ Bandai (March 1988). "Dragon Power". NES. Bandai. 
  4. ^ Namco Bandai (February 18, 2010). "NAMCO BANDAI GAMES ANNOUNCES DRAGON BALL: ORIGINS 2 EXCLUSIVELY FOR NINTENDO DS". Santa Clara, California: Namco Bandai. Retrieved February 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ Goldstein, Hilary (May 5, 2010). "E3 2010: The Big Games List". IGN. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ IGN staff (May 24, 2010). "Dragon Ball: Origins 2 for Nintendo DS Has Gone Gold". IGN. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Dragon Ball: Origins 2 for DS". GameRankings. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Dragon Ball: Origins 2 for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ Kevin S. (July 9, 2010). "Dragon Ball: Origins 2 Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ Petit, Carolyn (July 6, 2010). "Dragon Ball: Origins 2 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ Bedigian, Louis (July 6, 2010). "Dragon Ball: Origins 2 review". GameZone. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ DeVries, Jack (July 28, 2010). "Dragon Ball: Origins 2 Review". IGN. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Dragon Ball: Origins 2". Nintendo Power 254: 85. July 2010. 
  14. ^ Mustafa, Nathan. "Dragon Ball: Origins 2". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Dragon Ball Origins 2". Official Nintendo Magazine: 88. September 2010. 

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