The official website for Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butouden is now open! Of course like most official video game websites, there is limited content at the moment, but as the launch date we’re sure more official information will populate the website.
Anyways, Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butouden is going to harness the power of the built-in Nintendo DS microphone to allow players to launch special attacks. So, for example, if your playing as Goku and you yell “Kamehameha,” Goku will launch the trademark attack at the enemy.
But what if your in school or the doctor’s office and don’t want to look like an idiot yelling random Japanese words? No problem! Players can also use the traditional button-mashing inputs or tap the bottom DS screen to launch special attacks.
As you may know, in order to launch special attacks in Dragon Ball games, you need enough “ki” or energy to do so. The bottom screen for Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butouden will also have options to let players increase or decrease ki levels. Depending on the level, players ki gauge will be depleted in different quantities when special attacks are performed. We assume there will be some kind of trade-off to having a higher ki level vs a lower key since players are getting to chose this.
The last piece of new news is there will be automatic blocking. The official site confirms that when players aren’t pressing anything, characters will automatically block weak attacks. And if players are moving toward the opponent, energy beam attacks will be automatically blocked.
Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butouden is the latest fighter in the Dragon Ball line-up of games. It will cover all of the sagas released or planned for release in Dragon Ball Kai, including the Saiyan Saga, Frieza Saga, Cell Saga, and Buu Saga. The game is projected for release in Japan on February 3rd, 2011 for the Nintendo DS. No North American release date has been announced yet.