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Dragon Ball Z: Shin Butoden (loosely translated to "Dragon Ball Z: True Fighting Story") is a 2D sci-fi fantasy fighting game developed by TOSE and published by Bandai for the Sega Saturn in Japan on November 17, 1995.

Based on the Dragon Ball manga and anime series, Shin Butoden brings the gameplay from the original Super Butoden trilogy to the Saturn while using hand-drawn artwork from the animators of the anime as the character sprites (all of which were previously used in the PlayStation spin-off Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22) and backgrounds. Similar to Ultimate Battle 22, its Story Mode does not follow a story and is instead a "dream match" with numerous characters and environments from throughout the main Dragon Ball Z storyline (along with bonus characters from other Dragon Ball storylines).

The game also features two bonus game modes: Group Match (tag-team fighting similar to the King of Fighters series) and Mr. Satan Mode (where players bet on fights, using items in an attempt to influence the results).

It is the only game in the Super Butoden series to not receive an official release outside of Japan.


The game includes 27 playable characters and transformations, all of which are based on their Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 versions and all unlocked from the start.

Super Saiyan 3 Goku, Kid Goku, Gogeta, Supreme Kai, and Hercule are not playable in the game's Story Mode.


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