Atari will be bringing another round of the Dragon Ball Z action fighting game series to the Wii and PlayStation 2 "during the 2007 holiday season." Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 will be the "ultimate chapter," according to the company, and will feature 20 characters that have not been seen before in the video game adaptations. The latest game is being developed by Namco Bandai and Spike.
Atari's senior product manager, Emily Anadu, commented, "[These characters include] Nail, King Cold and King Vegeta and battle stages that fans will love. Each year, the developers refine the game to bring fans closer to feeling like they are actually playing the show."
The latest game will also have a number of new features, including more than 150 playable characters, enhanced fighting techniques, and more than 20 battle stages. The Wii Remote will also feature an improved control system that will be used to "allow players to easily mimic signature moves and execute devastating attacks as they are performed in the Dragon Ball Z animated series." Another feature will be the addition of day and night stages, with the power of the moon giving players different ways to transform their characters.
Dragon Ball Z is part of one of the most successful anime trilogies and originated from a Japanese manga comic series. The story follows the life and adventures of Goku, who defends the Earth against evil with the help of the Z Warriors. There have been more than 25 games in the Dragon Ball Z series published so far, totalling more than 10 million units sold.