Dragon Ball Z: Budokai

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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai
Developer(s) Dimps
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Platform(s) GameCube
Genre(s) Fighting
Mode(s) Single-Player, Multiplayer
Input methods
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GameIDs GD7JB2, GD7E70, GD7PB2
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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai is the first game of the Budokai series of fighting games based on the Dragon Ball media franchise. Originally it was released for the PlayStation 2, but was later released on the Nintendo GameCube with aditional cel-shaded graphics.


Two characters fight in a three-dimensional environment until the health meter of one character is depleted, and the opposing player wins. The player is able to initiate a variety of special moves in order to defeat his or her opponent.

The game follows the Dragon Ball Z timeline starting with Goku and Piccolo's fight with Raditz up to Gohan's final battle with Cell with a total of 23 playable characters. Features included in the game were a story mode, a versus mode, a tournament stage, and an items shop which allowed the player to purchase various customization abilities using money that was gained through the various challenges in the story mode and tournament victories. The story mode also included a few "what if" episode's to play, retelling iconic events in the Dragon Ball history with a few twists.


Crackling sound

The sound occasionally cracks, usually during cutscenes where the sound gets to a high pitch.


Only configuration options for the best compatibility where they deviate from defaults are listed.


Config Setting Notes
Video Back End DirectX9
Scaled EFB Copy On

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with Dragon Ball Z: Budokai since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-14122 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS Version CPU GPU Result Tester
r5960 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-930 @ 3.53GHz ATI Radeon HD 5770 Nearly Perfect
r6452 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i5-430M ATI Radeon HD 5730 Very good (50/50 frames in HDD)
r7257 Windows 7 x64 Intel Core i7-860 ATI Radeon HD 5770 Perfect 60 FPS, no graphical problems, only some occasional crackling in the sound ThatLuciano
3.0 Windows 7 x64 Intel Celeron E3300 @ 3.5GHz nVidia GeForce GT 240 Perfect, 60 FPS all the time EliasYFGM

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