Dragon Ball Z: Budokai (GCN)
Fighting 14 November 2003
A spectacular fighting game developed by Bandai, based on the license of the cult manga by Akira Toriyama. The players assume the role of characters known from the series — among the 23 available ones we can find Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, and Trunks. Every one of them has a different set of attacks, special combat abilities and energy attacks, including the iconic Kamehameha. For the money we earn while playing, not only can we unlock additional fighters but also enhance their offensive capabilities with new, powerful elements. Story Mode remains at the core of the game. In it, we can take part in the most important duels from the animated TV series — starting from the fight against Freezer to the final battle against Cell. Fights take place in nine varied environments inspired by battlefields featured in the original, including the temple of Kami or the Chamber of Time. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai also offers a tournament mode, duel mode, and a special training mode that lets us hone our skills. The game features colorful three-dimensional graphics inspired by the works of the Japanese mangaka and high-quality dubbing — characters are voiced by the actors from the American version of the animated TV series.
Naruto: Clash of Ninja (GCN)
Fighting 11 April 2003
A 3D fighting game by Tomy Company and the author of the original manga, Masashi Kishimoto, telling the story of a young ninja warrior called Naruto. Clash of Ninja focuses on the beginning of the adventures of Naruto, who, trying to control the demon sealed inside him, practices martial arts, supervised by his experienced teacher. Following months of training, Naruto is ready to set out on a journey and prove that he deserves the title of the best warrior of his village. Apart from the protagonist, the game features 7 other playable character from the manga and its anime adaptation. The gameplay consist of one-on-one battles. You can use standard attacks and combo attacks; the characters also have unique moves, outfits and weapons, such as staffs, daggers, and knuckle-dusters. The game's visuals are cartoonish and utilize cel-shading.
Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2 (GCN)
Fighting 04 December 2003
A sequel to the 3D fighting game by Tomy, telling the story of the popular Japanese comic book and animated TV series character. The plot of Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2 is divided into 30 chapters based on the events from the TV series, and allows you to play not only as Naruto himself but also as other characters, 10 of which are available from the start, while the other 13 you need to unlock. Like its predecessor, the game focuses on fast and dynamic combat; you fight your enemies on specially designed arenas. Clash of Ninja 2 features more attacks, a new combat system and method of attacking. It also introduces the co-op multiplayer mode for up to 4 players. Visually, the game resembles its predecessor, and thanks to the cartoonish graphics and cel-shading its style is close to that of the animated series.