Dragon Ball is one of those franchises where you could easily spit out another something at a fingerclick. Everyone wants to make it; everyone wants to publish it; everyone wants to buy it. How many decades and a bottomless appetite. Click! Dragon Ball Zenkai Battle.
How do you summarise lore cultivated in a billion worldwide playground roleplays since 1986, 7 versions of a 519-chapter manga series, 28 movies and TV shows and 87 videogames? Thus: fantasy ninja fighting.
Dragon Ball Zenkai Battle, this “full-throttle” tagteam fighter, has been going for 8 years. It’s nationwide gutpunching – play for fame in a Japanese league. These network games almost never include non-Japanese arcades. Why hassle with localisation? You can see 32 cabinets in shinjuku Sportsland and at least a corner like this in any respectable arcade from 2011 to the present day. Just Japan’ll do.
Photographer and writer covering Tokyo arcade life – the videogames, the metropolis and the people