GC 2008: Dragon Ball: Origins First Look

Atari shows off a Japanese version of Namco Bandai's upcoming Dragon Ball game for the DS at the 2008 Games Convention.

Last month, Atari announced that it would be publishing Dragon Ball: Origins in Europe, and today we had our first opportunity to see the game in action at the Games Convention in Leipzig. Unfortunately, the version of the game being shown was in Japanese, but we were still able to glean some information about it from the Namco Bandai representatives running the demo.

Set before the events of the Dragon Ball anime, Origins will tell the story of Goku and his sidekick Bulma. The two characters will have very different skill sets, and though Goku appears to be the most useful of the pair in combat, they'll have to work together to solve puzzles. In addition to being skilled with his power-pole weapon, Goku is the only one who can jump and who is strong enough to push large blocks around. On the other hand, Bulma has the ability to craft machines and weapons and, based on what we saw today, will need to be rescued from enemies by Goku on more than one occasion. For example, at one point we saw Bulma in the clutches of a giant pteradon that filled both screens, and it was Goku who saved the day.

We didn't get to play Dragon Ball: Origins ourselves on this occasion, but it's clear that the entire game can be played using only the stylus. It's also clear that Origins boasts some impressive 3D character models, although some portions of the game appeared to be playable only from an isometric viewpoint.

Before our all-too brief demo came to an end, we were left with something of a teaser when we were told that it'll be possible to unlock another playable character. Given that Dragon Ball: Origins is scheduled for release before the end of the year, we hope to bring you more information on that subject in the not-too-distant future.

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13 comments
aznstyle11
aznstyle11

Theres a boxshot on this game I saw a while ago on wikipedia.

Man-thing
Man-thing

Sounds Ok. That is if we see more characters from the old DB show and comic. Not doing another DBZ game sounds good to me. We will have to see how good the game really will be.....

trenno2529
trenno2529

hmmm, i think i might pass. unless it maybe gets some good reviews after it's release.

Ignite2k3
Ignite2k3

it is, it is when Gouku was still a boy, DBZ was when he is already an adult

megamanredsun4
megamanredsun4

They should have called it DBZ Origins Cause With That Name You Would think It's Before Bragon Ball

silentmage_245
silentmage_245

Uh huh... I saw the Japanese trailer. The whole game looks cheesey. They should have made it Dragonball Z!

razim14
razim14

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jdeurlein
jdeurlein

If you don't like the Dragonball series, that's fine, because everyone has their own opinion. But if you don't like it, why on earth would you willingly come to this page and read about this game? That being said, I hope the touch screen controls for this game don't prove to be awkward.

dark_being
dark_being

I hate the Dragonball Z anime series. I doubt this game will change my mind

8smokes
8smokes

This sounds interesting. Dragonball was one of my favrite animes of all time. Aside from Dragonballz of course. :-P

Ryosagi
Ryosagi

I think they meant Dragon Ball Z. But I can't expect them to keep up on the anime licensed games much.

Knucinos
Knucinos

It's not set before the Dragon Ball anime...