Budokai 3 had been released in the US (17
November 2004), it didn't take fans long to start
noticing "extra" things within the game and
hidden away in the programming that just didn't add up.
Between all of the extra voice samples in the "Memories
of..." capsules (hints of a Super 17 battle?),
and the extra character announcements (including Bulma;
see our "Rumor
Guide" for more information) found in the audio
samples on the disc, it just seemed like the game wasn't
quite as polished as the developers had originally intended.
the game was finally released in Japan approximately three
months later (10 February 2005), fans
assumed that some extra features would be included (in
the previous two games, the Japanese release saw extra
costumes, additional stages, etc.). Interestingly, none
of the "extras" that were assumed to make the
game (such as a fully-playable Bulma or more "Dragon
Universe" stages) actually made the cut.
The Extra Costumes
of the items that did indeed
make the cut were three additional costumes for characters.
These costumes could be unlocked through the password
system in the "Dragon Arena" mode (which, in
turn, meant that you had to finish the appropriate "Dragon
Universe" stages in order to first unlock "Dragon
Arena"). Each character's respective password is
some kind of uniquely-identifying quote.
raMata Aouna- !
Saikou nokibu nda!!!
Trunks (w/ armor and long hair)
aseshi mashit a
is also a so-called "Super
Vegeta" that can be unlocked via a password in
"Dragon Arena" ( GL@nhK
aU!pL+ RJ$Pkf znDvf% ZW#sXp ZGa(Oi ). In actuality,
this is not an extra in the Japanese version; this same
"Super Vegeta" (which is really nothing more
than a suped-up Vegeta with a glow) can be fought against
in the American version of the game, as well. This password
unlocks no extra costumes, and is merely a character to
fight against in "Dragon Arena".
The Extra Movie Clips
the American version of the game only had two movie clips
to unlock (the instrumental and vocal openings from Budokai
2), many fans thought there were extra movies to
unlock, since the American strategy guide indicated that
there were two additional "Baba's Crystal Ball"
capsules to purchase. Alas, these files do not even exist
on the game disc, and therefore cannot be purchased.
the Japanese version of the game did indeed include an
additional three bonus movies to unlock
(purchased as more "Baba's Crystal Ball" capsules).
movie is simply a very short television commercial
for the previous game, DragonBall Z 2 (known
as Budokai 2 in the US). The song played
is the vocal version of the game's opening ("Kusuburu
Heart ni Hi o Tsukero!!"). At the end,
a scouter is featured!
movie was featured on the official website before
the game's release. It features Goku (Masako
Nozawa) and Vegeta (Ryô Horikawa)
discussing all of the game's new features, while
the game's vocal opening ("Ore wa Tokoton
Tomaranai!!") is played. At the end, Vegeta
concludes that "Kakarrot" is indeed number-one!
movie is the ending to the game's "Dragon Universe"
mode, played in a small, center square (over top
the Earth's background flying by at high speeds).
As you've probably seen by now, the game's ending
plays major events and fights from the series and
movies using the in-game engine, while an instrumental
of the game's theme ("Ore wa Tokoton Tomaranai!!")
only other real "extras" in the Japanese
version of the game would be the vocal opening theme
(which the original European release of the game
had, anyway), and the fact that character mouths
actually move on menu screens (which was not
in either the original European and American releases
of the game).
else has been confirmed in the Japanese release
of the game, including things such as a playable
Bulma and Freeza (1st-form) in his hover-chair.
These things are obviously programmed into the game,
but do not appear to be unlockable
through normal gameplay means. For additional info,
please see our "Rumor
European & American "Collector's Edition"
European "Collector's Edition" version of Budokai
3 was released in Fall 2005. Months before, the hype
began to build that it would include not only the option
to select the Japanese vocal track for the characters
in the game, but that the Japanese version's extras would
also be available for unlocking.
North American "Collector's Edition" saw its
release on 9 November 2005. After a slight
debacle in which Atari mistakenly included the original
(non-Greatest Hits) pressing of the game (and
set up a return program for buyers to obtain the correct
disc), it was confirmed that the game did indeed include
the three extra costumes (unlocked with the same passwords
listed above) and the Japanese voice cast as a selectable
option. However, the game does not include
the Japanese vocal opening, nor does it contain the extra
"Baba Movies" found on the Japanese version
of the game.
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