Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku

A two-dimensional RPG created by Webfoot studio, based on the cult-classic manga by Akira Toriyama. The player assumes the role of Goku, an undefeated fighter, and re-lives the events seen in the animated series. We begin our journey battling Raditz, and then visit the nether world on the King Kai’s planet. The next stops include encounters with Nappa and Vegeta, and duel with Freezer on Namek. In all, we visit sixteen different locations, completing various main and side quests. These events are rewarded with experience points, which can be used to develop our hero. During combat, we make use of a wide range of attacks and combinations, including the trademark energy wave, known as “kamehameha”. Additionally, the list of available attacks is complemented by the ability to transform into so called “super fighter”. Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku can be praised for its colorful visuals, inspired by the works of the world-famous mangaka.

Game Boy Advance
Game Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku (GBA) Cover
Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku

Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku | GBA

RPG, animated TV series, Dragon Ball, jRPG

Companies responsible for Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku

Webfoot | game developer

Atari / Infogrames | publisher   Official website

Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku release date for GBA:

game language:
English

14 May 2002 | Worldwide

04 October 2002 | Europe

14 May 2002 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 7.6 / 10 calculated out of 281 players' votes.  

The Legacy of Goku for Game Boy Advance is a two-dimensional action game with role-playing elements that is based directly on Dragon Ball, popular manga and anime series. During the game, the player assumes the role of Goku, revealing events from the second season of the Dragon Ball series. At the beginning, we are trying to free Gothan, the protagonist’s son, from the hands of evil Raditz. Then, we enter the nether world to the King Kai’s planet. Following the further events, we return to Earth to do battle with Nappa and Vegeta, and fly to Namek to fight vicious Friezer.

Gameplay

Mainly, the gameplay consists of fighting numerous enemies and exploration of the available areas (16 levels). As a variation, we gather items, and talk or barter with neutral characters (about 75 characters from the Dragon Ball universe). Before the last battle, we’ll need to complete 26 quests, mainly focusing on the actions described above. Our hero can hit with his fists, fly, and use energy attacks (normal fireball, Solar Flare which blinds opponents, and a powerful Kamehameha). Every win nets experience points to our hero. A level-up means increased power and stronger abilities.

Technical Aspects

The visuals practically scream out the name “Dragon Ball”. Locations have different color palettes and are filled with details. The game uses sprites for character models and animations. Music and other sound effects have been practically lifted from the TV show (characteristic song in the background, same speeches made by the characters).