Are you ready to play Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 on the Nintendo Switch? What new features can you expect to see?
One of the best games to ever come out of the Dragon Ball franchise finally arrives on a Nintendo console. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 had previously received a multi-platform release in fall 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. However, gamers who owned a Nintendo console didn’t have access to the game. Even the last installment in the Dragon ball game franchise, Dragon Ball Xenoverse, didn’t get a Nintendo Wii U console release. That all changes with DBXV2, which finally arrives on the Nintendo Switch this week.
The great thing about Xenoverse 2 on the Nintendo Switch is that it will open up the franchise to an entirely new audience and demographic of Nintendo gamers and Switch console owners. Maybe some of those gamers haven’t had the chance to play a Dragon Ball video game for a while.
The problem is that the Dragon Ball series has been missing-in-action for Nintendo consoles for quite a while. There was Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo for the Wii console back in 2009, but it’s pretty much been a dead zone since then. Yes, there have still been Nintendo portable system releases for Dragon Ball over the years, such as the Dragon Ball: Heroes games, Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden, and Dragon Ball Fusions, which launched for the 3DS earlier this year.
In many ways, DBXV2 is another type of homecoming for the franchise. It’s a homecoming of the Dragon Ball games to Nintendo systems. Considering some of the first Dragon Ball games in the 1980s were released on Nintendo’s Famicom system, this is a great return to form. One could argue that Dragon Ball games belong on Nintendo systems due to the franchise’s longstanding roots with Nintendo hardware.
With the move to the Nintendo Switch, Dragon Ball fans will be able to enjoy a number of new features for Xenoverse 2 that will make the game a more unique experience than the previously released versions. Per the game’s official website, players will be able to enjoy Nintendo Switch-specific controls and functionality. For example, players can perform some of the trademark franchise attacks such as the Kamehameha or Spirit Bomb using the Switch’s motion control functions.
Another interesting feature here is players will be able to enjoy one of the best parts of DBXV2, the six-player cooperative mode. However, now gamers can enjoy six-player gameplay on the Nintendo Switch using the individual Joy-Con controllers. That means with the Joy-Cons, players can take on giant enemies in a team of six fighters and do that in local co-op gameplay. Besides the co-op raid boss battles, Switch players can use local co-op gameplay for six people in three-versus-three gameplay matches. Additionally, the Joy-Cons make it easy for players to quickly engage in quick one-versus-one matches wherever they wish.
The other great news is that gamers will have access to the already amazing content that’s offered by DBXV2. Players gets to create their own Dragon Ball-themed character and join the Time Patrol unit to help maintain the history of the Dragon Ball Universe. The game covers the entirety of the Dragon Ball franchise, including Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, and of course, Dragon Ball Super. Even characters from the Dragon Ball Z movies are represented in the game, including Turles, Janemba, and the iconic Broly.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the game’s still fantastic avatar creation system. Players are able to choose from five different races for their characters, including the Saiyans and Namekkians.
Of course, there’s the amazing open-world sandbox for DBXV2 in Conton City. Conton City is not only a social hub, players will be able to explore and fly through the sandbox, take part in player-versus-player matches, and also enjoy the awesome giant raid bosses.
Now that Nintendo Switch fans and Nintendo gamers are finally getting a taste of what they are missing with Dragon Ball for Xenoverse 2, there’s a very obvious next step. That step is the release of Dragon Ball FighterZ on the Nintendo Switch. As of now, there are no official plans for a Switch release of the upcoming fighting game developed by Arc System works.
Currently, Dragon Ball FighterZ is only coming out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC, and it’s slated for a February 2018 release. Speaking to Kayane TV (via Event Hubs), Dragon Ball FighterZ producer Tomoko Hiroki actually addressed the issue. He stated, “In regards to the Switch version, we couldn’t really say about the situation. However, what we do know is we would like our Switch users to focus on our first Switch title: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.” Hiroki added, “After the release of Xenoverse 2 on Switch, then we will start to consider whether we should have Dragon Ball FighterZ on Switch.”
Based on Hiroki’s statements, if Nintendo gamers and Switch owners want more Dragon Ball games, it will all depend on Xenoverse 2’s sales. Hopefully, Xenoverse 2 will do well enough to convince Bandai Namco Entertainment to continue with Dragon Ball games on the Switch. Ultimately, sales will be the major deciding factor. However, the good news is that a great game in Xenoverse 2 will make it to the Switch. That at least shows Bandai Namco Entertainment is willing to work with Nintendo where Dragon Ball is concerned and port a pre-existing game.
Regardless, it’s great to see a fantastic Dragon Ball game on a Nintendo console again. Dragonball Xenoverse 2 hits the Nintendo Switch on September 22. The game is also currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. For more information on Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for the Nintendo Switch, check out the official game page.
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