Dragon Ball: Origins sequel due June 22

Second installment in Namco Bandai, Game Republic's action adventure goes gold for DS, DSi release next month; demo drops May 31.

Origin stories are often lengthy tales to tell and Namco Bandai's most recent effort, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, which extends the fiction of the original, is no different. It's a direct follow-up to 2008's Dragon Ball: Origins, and Namco cemented its arrival date recently by revealing a June 22 North American debut exclusively on the Nintendo DS and DSi.

Goku also has a thing for lawn bowling.

With five weeks separating today and its release in June, Dragon Ball: Origins 2, which is based on the manga fiction, has gone gold. As such, developer Game Republic has concluded work on it and the game is ready to be mass produced and shipped to retailers.

A demo for Dragon Ball: Origins 2 will become available through the Nintendo Wii, via the Nintendo Channel, beginning Monday, May 31. According to Namco's official description, the demo is a single-level trial incorporating many of the game's components, including a boss battle.

When the finished product arrives, it will afford players the ability to fight the evil Red Ribbon Army with not only protagonist Goku, but also fellow series characters Krillin, Bulma, Yamcha, and more. These characters each have unique abilities and power-ups drawn from the anime.

On top of the single-player experience is a cooperative mode, where two players can partake in challenges via a local wireless connection. Additionally, Namco stated characters can be transferred from single-player to multiplayer.

From more on the franchise, check out GameSpot's review of the original Dragon Ball Origins released in 2008.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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30 comments
lookin_boy
lookin_boy

I had origins it was pretty fun. i might buy it again just for keepsake... cuz, its to date the best dragon ball, Z, GT, or kai or whatever type of game from this franchise period.

tremor33
tremor33

The first one was actually pretty good and really faithful to the anime. I can't wait for the sequel :D

TheClown24
TheClown24

@ithilgore2006 Got me :( I was all exited then...

pip_boy_3000
pip_boy_3000

I never even played the first one, but I love Dragonball, so i'll consider it :]

thattotally
thattotally

Yes, earlier than expected! It's a shame that people didn't buy the first one. Go out and buy it now, and then buy this one which is less than a month away! But then again, no one here truly appreciates how great handheld games are...

ithilgore2006
ithilgore2006

I think almost everyone read that as "Dragon Age: Origins" sequel.

jimy1475
jimy1475

the industry is running out of ideas for names

PlasmaBeam44
PlasmaBeam44

Dragon Ball: Origins came out long before Dragon Age. So don't get any ideas about rip off or anything you wacky kids.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Dragon Age: Origins? Never heard of it and even if I do I could care less if it does had a sequel. This year it's Dragon Ball: Origins 2 for me.

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

For a second there I thought Dragon Age:Origins sequel, and they're names are oddly similar. But no excitement here Im not really into dragon ball, was once but when I was a kid.

Spitz6860
Spitz6860

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ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

Yey the original Dragonball is one of the better anime series ever made. DBZ is nothing like it ... almost nothing holds a candle to the story and characters of the original Dragon Ball ... heck most characters these days dont even progress as a character let alone really go anywhere.

Divina_Commedia
Divina_Commedia

@ CarlosY2Jericho while I respect your opinion, I must say Dragon Ball died when Dragon Ball Z finished. Dragon Age is one of the best story-driven games in years.

params7
params7

Dragon Ball > Dragon Age

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

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evildevil97
evildevil97

I feel better. Glad I wasnt alone thinking Dragon Age.

Omegka
Omegka

i thought it was dragon age to....

furgoogle
furgoogle

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Kats_RK
Kats_RK

lol i thought it said dragon age:origins :lol:

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

@Marky360 Why not on the DS? We've had games like this on the DS before and they work really well, look at Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.

Darth_Kane
Darth_Kane

lol, I read Dragon Age: Origins and got confused when I saw Goku

Marky360
Marky360

I really think a game of this caliber would be better served on the PSP platform. DS is really kinda lame

shooters125
shooters125

Woah I got this confused with Dragon Age: Origins. Whoops.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Alright, can't wait for it's release. Love Dragon Ball: Origins 1 (my most favorite Dragon Ball game of all time) and I hope Dragon Ball: Origins 2 does great as well. :D

luffy11234
luffy11234

yaaaahoooo! first one was awesome can't wait for this one.