Video Game History: America’s Secret Dragon Ball Games

Dragon Ball Z anime cell era

Dragon Ball Z used to be my favorite thing to watch after school during my middle school years. Ironically for awhile even though every kid my age watched the show, they produced hardly any video games for it.

Android 16 vs Android 18 Dragon Ball Z Budokai

It took them a long time to develop Dragon Ball Z: Budokai for PS2. After that the Dragon Ball games wouldn’t stop.

Dragon Ball GT final bout PS1

Besides a small time release of Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout in 1997 for PS1, this was the only video game edition for fans back then. Except one game.

Dragon Ball: Shenlong no Nazo Nintendo Famicom boxart

In Japan there was a Famicom (NES) game called Dragon Ball: Shenlong no Nazo. To American fans it means Shenron’s Riddle. It was the 2nd Dragon Ball game to ever be produced.

Dragon power NES Boxart

So we got the game too in an extremely edited version called Dragon Power. Wow that’s some crummy boxart.

Dragon Ball: Shenlong no Nazo boxart NES Europe

Funnily enough Europe got the real version of the game.

Dragon Ball: Shenlong no Nazo Nintendo Famicom

This is the original game in Japanese.

Dragon power NES

This is the American release. Goku is edited into a monkey-boy, Master Roshi got turned into a hobo-Merlin, and various other edits and censorship.

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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