As one of the larger fighting game franchises around today, Bandai Namco has done a solid job at providing fans of Dragon Ball Z with worthwhile video games. The IP is one of the few manga/anime properties that has found a large audience outside of Japan and – while the latest major entry in the series, Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, has been been well enough received – this same audience has now created its own fighting game featuring characters from Dragon Ball Z. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Hyper Dragon Ball Z.
The game is developed by Team Z2, a group of fans with some know-how when it comes to game design, which describes Hyper Dragon Ball Z as a “from-fans-to-fans fighting game.” While the Street Fighter 2-inspired aesthetic certainly helps to bring the team’s vision into focus, the continued support that’s planned for the fight title are surely much-appreciated by the fan base surrounding it.
In fact, a trailer showcasing the “Champ Build” of Hyper Dragon Ball Z can be found below.
Seeing classic Dragon Ball Z heroes and villains rendered within a 16-bit format is a nice change of pace from the more recent and cel shaded iterations from Bandai Namco. To the credit of Team Z2, the game features quite a few playable characters as well, and it appears likely that the total fighter count will only grow as development progresses. Since the likes of new characters such as Goku Black have been added to Xenoverse 2, it’s possible (if not likely) that characters from the ongoing Super series could also make the jump to Hyper – although that’s far from something officially happening.
Whether or not Bandai Namco will end up supporting Hyper Dragon Ball Z remains to be seen, especially in a time where other companies are quick to ensure that they’re taken down – like Nintendo removing the fan-made remake of Metroid 2. Then again, stranger things have happened.