Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden is a fighting video game based on the manga and anime series Dragon Ball for the Nintendo DS. It was released in Japan on February 3, 2011.
Those who have played Butoden games before on SNES or Megadrive will know that the series is primarily a two-way fighting game with a feeling similar to a street fighter. The main difference is the ability to fly and recharge an energy bar used for energy-based attacks.
The game’s primary story mode is told in several short quests that progress from Saiyan Saga to Buu Saga. There are also mock battles outside of the traditional Dragonball storyline and deliver humorous or unique relief situations. Each character has three special attacks that consume between 20% and 50% of the player’s energy. There are also special attacks that, when activated, will cause a minigame. The defender’s chances of blocking or counterattacking depend on the defender’s success at the minigame.
Each character has a 1 to 5 power level statuses. At a low level, the energy will be renewable. At a higher level, the mana will be consumed. Still, the attacks will be stronger, so it is necessary to balance saving energy for attacks or increasing damage power. By pressing A, B, Y, X simultaneously, your character will enter ‘burst mode’, providing infinite energy for a limited time and can only be used once per round. There’s a challenge mode that offers players different matches to compete against other CPU players. There’s also a local multiplayer mode that can be played with an additional player.
There are plenty of customizations available to players as ‘quotes’ that provide a certain number of boosts and character clothing. So you can wear sunglasses or glasses for any character you like. Each character has some outfits, some of which can be unlocked in story mode.