Even though it’s not necessarily a console, the Kinect wouldn’t have lived up to its full potential if it hadn’t supported some sort of Dragon Ball Z experience. That’s why Namco Bandai today announced Dragon Ball Z Kinect a new motion controlled experience starring nearly every character from the popular series. Okay maybe not every character but a lot of them.
As expected Dragon Ball Z Kinect will allow players to “unleash their inner Super Saiyan” as they complete over 100 different moves from the series including the Kamehameha. No word on if the game lets players actually go Super Saiyan or not, but developer Spike Chunsoft would be silly not to.
Also packaged in with the game is new footage from the Dragon Ball Z anime series, footage that has yet to make its way to the US or Europe. There’s no context yet for how this footage might factor into the series, but just hearing new Dragon Ball might be enough for fans to come out of the woodwork.
Based on the description of the game’s two modes — Story Mode and Score Attack — it appears that Dragon Ball Z will require the player to recreate moves from the on-screen scene ala Dance Central. Rather than giving them complete control of movement the game will require the player to “perform the same attack or movement from a particular famous scene.”
Beyond the punching and kicking at the TV, Dragon Ball Z Kinect will feature a QR scanning functionality that will unlock more characters and power-ups in the game (there’s reportedly over 50 playable characters). Sounds a little bit like Skylanders or the AR cards in Kid Icarus: Uprising.
Dragon Ball Z Kinect appears to be leveraging Microsoft‘s motion controller in the best way possible — restricting player’s movements and letting them recreate classic moves from the anime series. Dragon Ball fans can expect more news about the game including some gameplay footage and a release date hopefully soon.
What do you think about the announcement of this Dragon Ball Z game for Kinect? Which iconic DBZ move are you most looking forward to recreating?