Although the video games industry has many series based on established franchises from other forms of media, few are as popular as Dragon Ball. The past four decades have included numerous titles about this franchise, but the quality has varied. About thirty years ago, a mangaka (Japanese comic artist) by the name of Akira Toriyama made a manga about a person name Son-Goku who seeks adventure, cultivation of his abilities, and peace with his friends and family. It later became an anime (Japanese television show) in the same decade (the 80s) and was followed by a sequel by the name of Dragon Ball Z. Dragon Ball Z or DBZ for short, has been a worldwide success as one of the most popular forms of media to have ever been made with eighty video games developed specifically about this franchise. Additionally, Dragon Ball GT is the sequel to DBZ, which was made without story ideas from Toriyama. This is about some of the best and worst games this franchise has to offer and what the developers of this game franchise should do in order for the franchise as a whole to remain popular.
In order to understand what makes a Dragon Ball game high quality, a reader must recognize what is high quality about the Dragon Ball manga and anime series. To explain, it is about adventure magic, humor and love, and an ongoing battle of good vs evil even beyond bodily death which are all factors in the growth of characters. The main character of Dragon Ball is Goku, a boy who begins life programmed with murderous intent, but changed after a hard blow to the head disrupted said programming. In this story, many of the characters change and develop over the course of the series. Beyond the well-known hair changing to gold and eyes turning emerald, characters such as Bulma and Krillin, Yamcha and Tien Shinhan, and Vegeta change from their violently selfish ways to compassionate states of mind and even the reincarnation of a being composed purely of evil intent turns from his origins to lead a life of selflessness.