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.
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. 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, 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. 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. 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. 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.