Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 announced for Wii and PS2

Screenshot from 'Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3'

Atari has announced that Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is currently in development for the Wii and PlayStation2 gaming consoles. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 blends the super-fast fighting and action that have made Budokai Tenkaichi 1 and Budokai Tenkaichi 2 the #1 fighting games of 2005 and 2006.

Developed by Namco Bandai Games, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 renders the ultimate 3D fighting experience, advancing upon last year’s game with over 150 playable characters, improved fighting techniques, beautifully refined effects and shading techniques, making each character’s effects more realistic, and over 20 battle stages. Furthermore, with the advanced control system for the Wii, players can easily mimic signature moves and execute devastating energy attacks as they are performed in the Dragon Ball Z animated series.

“Atari is incredibly excited to offer the ultimate chapter in the Budokai Tenkaichi series with over 20 new characters that have never been seen in any other DBZ video games such as Nail, King Cold and King Vegeta and battle stages that fans will love,” said Emily Anadu, Senior Product Manager, Atari, Inc. “Each year, the developers refine the game to bring fans closer to feeling like they are actually playing the show.”

The environments have also been enhanced to feature day and night stages, which further adds to the extraordinary number of characters and improved Wii control system. The power of the moon in the night stages gives players additional ways to transform their characters and lets fans recreate some of their favorite memories from the show.

The massively popular Dragon Ball Z series is the gold standard of anime-based video games, with more than 25 different games and over 10 million units sold since May 2002.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is set to release during the 2007 holiday season.