Dragon Ball Z: Budokai

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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai
Dragon ball z budokai cover.jpg
NTSC-U Boxart
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: A
ESRB rating: T (Animated Blood, Violence)
GRB rating: 12
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-51233 & SLUS-20591
Japanese: SLPS-25174
German: SLES-51233
French: SLES-51233
Spanish: SLES-51233
Italian: SLES-51233
Korean: SLKA-25046
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20591
SLUS-20591GH (Greatest Hits)
Release date: December 3, 2002
2003 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: 2FF8E31F
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-51233
Release date: November 29, 2002
October 24, 2003 (Platinum)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPS-25174
SLPS-73207 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
Release date: February 13, 2003
September 16, 2004 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Dimps Corporation
Publisher(s): Atari (EU, US), Infogrames (US), Bandai (JP)
Genre: Action, Fighting
Wikipedia: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai
Game review links: Metacritic67/100
Game description: The fiercest fighters in the universe have come together in the spectacular 3D world of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai. Test your skills against the most powerful Dragon Ball Z heroes and the most sinister villains in five exciting play modes. You can unlock, customize, and trade devastating skills with friends to create the most powerful fighters ever. Every battle is more intense, more dangerous, and more epic than the one before.
First game in the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai series, predecessor to Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows 10 64-bit
  • Intel Core i7-3770K @ 4.30 GHz
  • AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB
1.5.0 SVN GSdx 1.1.0 2016-06-30 (SSE4)
  • Mode: HW OpenGL
  • 4x Native
  • 16x Anisotropic Filtering
  • SPU2-X r5893 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
BIOS: any CorruptEagle


  • Original names: ドラゴンボールZ (SLPS-25174) & (SLPS-73207), 드래곤볼 Z (SLKA-25046)
  • Also known as Dragon Ball Z

Known Issues

Problems correctly rendering lighting during certain cutscenes

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: During certain cutscenes during the story mode, characters in the foreground will become surrounded by completely dark or semi-dark backgrounds.
  • Workaround: Use OpenGL or software rendering.

Gameplay Screenshots

Public compatibility forum links