I have mixed thoughts on the new Dragon Ball Fusions RPG on the Nintendo 3DS, mostly because it stems from a technique that came to the series at about the same time Akira Toriyama was clearly running out of ideas and gimmicks to lean on.
However, I am all about the idea of a Dragon Ball RPG, and I haven’t played one since the early days of emulation, back when we discovered all of the old Famicom and Super Famicom games that never made it to the States. The graphics in this game are great, everyone loves to create their own Dragon Ball character as Xenoverse proved, and the Toriyama art style almost makes it look like a Dragon Quest game.
And if there is any salvation for the idea of “fusion” in Dragon Ball, it’s fans making the most ridiculous combinations of characters possible.
Dragon Ball Z Extreme Butoden wasn’t the game we needed for the Nintendo 3DS. This though, is the game that Dragon Ball fans deserve. Let’s hope someone steps in to take on the localization efforts.
Dragon Ball Fusion launches for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on Aug. 4.