Flying, spiky-haired ninjas with super strength and lasers - that's a one-stop recipe for a sweet videogame for sure.
The Dragon Ball games have always been pretty good, not because they pack in tons of characters from the cartoon, but because of all the anime-based fighting games out there, this series really does capture the spirit of the source material.
Nutty, over-exaggerated fighting moves, screen-filling plasma blasts and supersonic combos that batter fighters hundreds of feet through the air all sum up the chaos of this game. There's over 150 playable fighters in here, and they slam each other around with all the speed and crazy ferocity of the cartoons, in huge, open fighting arenas.
The best thing about the third game is the more refined control system. The Nunchuk controls movement, with C and Z buttons making flying characters raise and drop altitude. A is your basic melee attack and B fires lasers. But the gestures are the best bit.
Every self-respecting gamer should have at some point in their lives thrust both hands forward and shouted "HADOUKEN!" like Ryu from Street Fighter, and that's exactly how you perform a Laser Of Death (our unofficial name for it). Okay, you don't need to shout, just move your hands, but why not shout anyway?
All of the game's special moves are performed with mocking motion gestures, combined with holding a particular direction on the D-pad. It's a brilliant feature - that is if you can actually remember them all, which isn't easy. But then, difficulty is a general issue with the game. It looks like a cartoon, but it's one
of the hardest fighting games we've ever played. Enemies shoot around like bullets and will slap the snot out of all but the most hardened fighters.
Still, with so many characters to choose from, online fighting and a host of tournament modes, there are hours of fighting to be had, and fans will be in their element here.