Dragon Ball Heroes

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Dragon Ball Heroes
Developer(s)Bandai
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
SeriesDragon Ball
EngineBudokai series
Platform(s)Arcade, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows
Release
  • JP: November 11, 2010
Genre(s)Trading arcade card game
Mode(s)Single player

Dragon Ball Heroes (Japanese: ドラゴンボール ヒーローズ, Hepburn: Doragon Bōru Hirozu) is a Japanese trading card arcade game based on the Dragon Ball franchise. It debuted on November 11, 2010 in Japan. In 2016, an update launched that improved the user experience in the form of enhanced graphics and easier accessibility of characters. This update was named Super Dragon Ball Heroes (スーパー ドラゴンボールヒーローズ).[1] Several other games based on the series have been released for the Nintendo 3DS platform, with another planned for the Nintendo Switch in 2019. Numerous manga adaptations have been published by Shueisha and a promotional anime adaptation by Toei Animation began being shown at public events in July 2018 before being uploaded online.

Gameplay[edit]

  • Players can choose a "hero avatar" from 8 races, each with 3 distinct battle types: Hero, Elite, or Berserker.
  • Players can collect various types of Dragon Balls than the common variety such as Ultimate Dragon Balls, Namekian Dragon Balls, Dark Dragon Balls, and the almighty Super Dragon Balls.
  • Players use 7 cards and an IC card called hero license.[2]
  • The game is also available in multiplayer mode.

Characters[edit]

Original villains[edit]

Mechikabura
The main villain of the first two arcs and Towa and Dabura's grandfather.
Shroom
The Demon God of death and one of Mechikabura's allies.
Salsa
A Demon God with swordsman skills.
Putine
One of the strongest wizards who then joined Demigra.
Gravy
Like, Putine, Gravy joined Demigra and relies on brute force.
Cunber (カンバー, Kanbā)
A Saiyan in the Prison Planet arc, who is kept by Fu.

Reception[edit]

Dragon Ball Heroes is the number one digital card game.[1] By May 2016, the game had sold 400 million cards and grossed over ¥40 billion[3] ($365 million).[1] By October 2016, the game sold 500 million cards and grossed ¥50 billion[4] ($460 million).

Other releases[edit]

A port on Nintendo 3DS, named Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission, was released on February 28, 2013 in Japan.[5] A sequel, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2, was released on August 7, 2014.[6] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X was released on April 27, 2017.[7]

In October 2018, a Nintendo Switch game titled Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission was announced for release on April 4, 2019. It will include cards and characters from the first eight Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade games and the first two versions of Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission.[8][9]

Adaptations[edit]

Manga[edit]

Dragon Ball Heroes was adapted into several manga series. Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission (ドラゴンボール ヒーローズ ビクトリーミッション), written and illustrated by Toyotarou, was serialized in Shueisha's V Jump magazine since November 2012. With 28 chapters, it is on hiatus as Toyotarou is drawing Dragon Ball Super. A chapter 29 was included in the Bandai Official 5th Anniversary Fanbook: Dragon Ball Heroes 5th Anniversary Mission book published on November 19, 2015 and all previous chapters were uploaded to the game's website for free.[10]

Dragon Ball Heroes: Super Charisma Mission! (ドラゴンボールヒーローズ 超(スーパー)カリスマミッション!), written and illustrated by Yoshitaka Nagayama, was serialized in Saikyō Jump from December 2013. It was put on hiatus, when Nagayama began his other series in the same magazine, until March 2017, when it was relaunched as Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Charisma Mission!! (スーパードラゴンボールヒーローズ 極(アルティメット)カリスマミッション!!).

Nagayama also drew Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Ankoku Makai Mission! (スーパードラゴンボールヒーローズ 暗黒魔界ミッション!, Sūpā Doragon Bōru Hīrōzu Ankoku Makai Misshon!). Serialized in Saikyō Jump since August 5, 2016,[11] its first collected volume was published on May 2, 2017 and its second on May 2, 2018.[12][13] The series was relaunched as Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Universe Mission!! (スーパードラゴンボールヒーローズ ユニバースミッション!!) on April 6, 2018 and is serialized alongside Ultimate Charisma Mission!!.[14]

Anime[edit]

In May 2018, V Jump announced a promotional anime for Super Dragon Ball Heroes that will adapt the game's Prison Planet arc. A teaser trailer for the first episode was released on June 21, 2018 and shows the new characters Fu (フュー, Fyū) and Kanbā (カンバー), an evil Saiyan.[15] The first episode was shown at Aeon Lake Town, a shopping mall in Koshigaya, Saitama, on July 1, 2018 and was uploaded to the game's official website that same day.[16][17] Likewise, the second episode was shown at Jump Victory Carnival Tokyo Kaijō on July 16 before being uploaded to the website.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "What is 'Dragon Ball Heroes'?". ComicBook.com. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  2. ^ This card enables players to use their own avatar.
  3. ^ "「ドラゴンボールヒーローズ」秋より新筐体に アニメ新章「"未来"トランクス編」の敵はブラック悟空". アニメ!アニメ! (in Japanese). June 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "「スーパードラゴンボールヒーローズ」の稼働日が11月17日に決定。6周年&出荷5億枚達成の記念イベントも". 4Gamer.net (in Japanese). October 10, 2016.
  5. ^ "Dragon Ball Heroes' Scanner Checks If Your Power Level Is Over 9000". Siliconera. January 9, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 Has An Original Story With A Majin Chapter". Siliconera. July 15, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X 3DS Game's Video Highlights Mechanics". Anime News Network. March 21, 2017. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission Switch Game Announced". Anime News Network. October 10, 2018. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission Brings Card Battles To Japan On 4th April". Nintendo Life. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  10. ^ Vジャンプ特別編集増刊・バンダイ公式5周年記念ファンブック 『ドラゴンボールヒーローズ 5th ANNIVERSARY MISSION』本日発売!. V Jump (in Japanese). November 19, 2015. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  11. ^ "Saikyo JUMP September 2016 Issue". CDJapan. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  12. ^ "スーパードラゴンボールヒーローズ 暗黒魔界ミッション!  1" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "スーパードラゴンボールヒーローズ 暗黒魔界ミッション!  2" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on May 20, 2018. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  14. ^ "『ドラゴンボール』のマンガやゲーム情報が盛りだくさん!4月6日(金)『最強ジャンプ5月号』が発売!". Dragon Ball Official Site (in Japanese). Shueisha. April 6, 2018.
  15. ^ ""Dragon Ball Heroes" New Anime Series Debuts First Trailer". hotnewhiphop.com. June 21, 2018.
  16. ^ Peters, Megan (May 17, 2018). "'Dragon Ball' Reveals New Anime Project". ComicBook.com. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Super Dragon Ball Heroes Promotional Anime's Trailer, July 1 Online Premiere Revealed". Anime News Network. June 28, 2018. Retrieved July 1, 2018.

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