Dragonball FighterZ Adds Original Character to the Roster

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The roster of characters in Dragonball FighterZ has been growing ever so steadily lately. A few easy to guess characters have been announced, such as Piccolo and Krillin, but it seems like we’re finally rounding out the Z Fighters and getting to more interesting characters.

Case in point, the first completely original character has been announced for the roster in V-Jump Magazine. Named Android 21, this character was designed by original Dragonball mangaka Akira Toriyama. It’s currently unknown what exact role Android 21 will play in the story, but it’s said she’s an integral figure to the story. She’s also seen wearing a lab coat, which implies that she is a scientist much like Doctor Gero, the creator of the previous Androids and Cell. Gero also turned himself into an Android, Android 20 to be exact, so 21 being his successor makes sense. 21 is also paired with Android 16 in screenshots, which implies that she has something to do with Android 16 being alive in this story. 21 also doesn’t have stats attributed to her, so it’s unknown if she’ll be playable or just a story character.

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Alongside Android 21, the rest of the Z Fighters are accounted for. Both Tien and Yamcha are confirmed to be playable and Chiaotzu will be a support character, most likely for Tien. Yamcha can use his “Wolf Fang Fist” ability in all of his combos, and Tien can use his famous “Tri-Beam” attack. With their inclusion, Dragonball FighterZ will have to dig a bit deeper to get more characters, which hopefully means more obscure characters will get a chance in the limelight. Personally, my fingers are crossed for Videl and weird, non-canon characters like Broly. There are also unlockable characters confirmed with the inclusion of Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta, so perhaps Android 21 is just unlockable and they don’t want to spoil her stats early on.

Dragonball FighterZ Adds Original Character to the Roster

Dragonball Xenoverse 2 Facing Supply Issues for Japanese Switch Release

Dragonball Xenoverse 2 Facing Supply Issues for Japanese Switch Release

The Switch is massively popular no matter where you go, but in most of the world, supply is starting to meet demand. Not so in Japan, where frequently lines will form just to get entered into a raffle to earn the chance to buy a console. Now, that may sound wild to you, but think about how rabid people get over online pre-orders in North America. With how difficult it is to buy limited items in this day and age, the news of supply issues is always a frustrating one.

The latest bummer comes from Bandai Namco, courtesy of the official Japanese Twitter account for Dragonball Xenoverse 2. According to this Tweet, physical copies of the Switch version of the game are not being stocked to appease demand, with further shipments promised to be delivered in the following weeks. Mind you, this is only for the physical release. The eShop has the game available for download, and as long as your Switch has space, that means it’s readily available.

Many analysts are claiming physical copies being so hard to find isn’t due to under-production. Instead, the game seems to be selling extremely well on Switch, especially considering it’s a port of a game that has been available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for months. The thought of playing a well made Dragonball Z action game on the go is exciting, and with the Switch’s small internal memory, physical copies are usually the way to go. Hopefully, these issues don’t leak out of Japan into other parts of the world, so we can all scream until our hair turns blonde on the go.

We’ve reached out to Bandai Namco’s PR for comment on the situation, and have yet to receive a response. We’ll update if and when they get back to us.