Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
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  1. As much as I fell in love with this game, it isn't going to please everyone. It is short, easy and can be difficult to follow if you aren't familiar with the story already. It also sports a dated design, and I can't see anyone but the superfans forgoing all the other amazing games out right now to play this one.
  2. 83
    Almost all fans of Dragon Ball will love Revenge of King Piccolo. The only annoying downside is that not all conversations have voice-overs, which makes you miss out on some of the typical humour. The gameplay feels a tad old, especially since you can compare it to Double Dragon. Personally, I loved that, since it's simple and addictive, whether you like Dragon Ball or not.
  3. The main story mode is short, and there isn't enough depth to the battle system to keep tournament mode relevant for long. Still, Dragon Ball fans will still have a great time with this one.
  4. The combination of classic game genres make for a title that is balanced, engaging, and loyal to the franchise. Once more, if you are a fan, don't hesitate to try this one out.
  5. Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo isn't the best game about Goku and his friends, but it's an awesome way to introduce yourself in an accessible and fast pace gameplay. Also, the game's fidelity is prominent, so fans will be happy seeing Goku flying Nimbus once again.
  6. 75
    With the beat 'em up genre making a resurgence lately, future developers need to take some notes from this great, but flawed, tale from Dragon Ball.
  7. The game is a nice action/adventure, with an interesting combat system. But when it comes to the beat'em up section, it lacks depth and the fun disappears.
  8. In short, Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo is a good, but not great, brawling platformer.
  9. 74
    There’s nothing wrong with a good beat-em-up, and that’s exactly what Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo is. Combining classic 2D style arcade brawling with a simple fighting game mechanic for added two player support, Wii’s latest Dragon Ball game is a fairly polished, well executed, mindless endeavor.
  10. 73
    Despite its flaws this is still a good game that Dragon Ball origins fans shouldn't let escape.
  11. Goku's on his best on the latest Wii adaptation of his particular story. This time we'll facing with King Piccolo in a beat 'em up that contains different platform aspects and, what's more important, very interesting gameplay mechanics that everyone will enjoy. It's not perfect, but a good choice for next Christmas.
  12. It's a little pricey to recommend for purchase at face value but either a used copy or a drop in price might warrant a purchase (especially for fans of the series).
  13. There isn’t anything overly new or innovative in Revenge of Piccolo. It’s just a very straightforward brawler that will appeal to younger fans of the Dragonball franchise.
  14. Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo is a game that will probably please fans, but it's undoubtedly an half-baked beat'em up, with annoying technical flaws and serious gameplay issues.
  15. It might not be too much of a challenge for most gamers, but it still will give them an idea on why the anime has been so popular for all these years.
  16. Nintendo Power
    It's a shame that Revenge of King Piccolo becomes essentially a mediocre fighting game in the latter part of the adventure. [Dec 2009, p.88]
  17. Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo for the Wii has all the right moves but falls flat when it comes to the enemies and the lack of real innovation.
  18. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    It's full of bluster, but it's not going to provide hours of friendship. [Dec 2009, p.95]
  19. While I think the idea behind a 3D brawler in the Dragon Ball universe is a decent idea, I can't see the point in a game that only allows you to fight as Goku, and keeps up the overall length that this game does. It does try to offer some replay value, but not having additional characters to check out outside of the Tournament mode is a waste, and not what I was hoping for with this game.
  20. Nintendo Gamer
    An old-fashioned platformer with no challenge, no depth and no real point. Buy some classics on Virtual Console instead. [Winter 2009, p.50]
  21. All in all, this is probably the worst Dragon Ball game available, and there is no reason as to why this game wasn’t given the attention it deserved.
  22. Revenge of King Piccolo is more successful as a Dragon Ball primer than as an actual fighting game.
  23. Warm, colorful and easy to get into, but still a bit of a parantesis. It's the lack of variation that makes this game stumble in the long run.
  24. Revenge of King Piccolo feels less like a nostalgia piece than a long-forgotten bit of fan service mediocrity that’s wormed its way out into the light of day.
  25. Games Master UK
    Can we have it this simple, but a bit bigger? [Dec 2009, p.87]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Dec 3, 2011
    The gameplay isn't quite up to par with the graphics. It is however one of the most true to the anime/manga games of Dragonball out there. TheThe gameplay isn't quite up to par with the graphics. It is however one of the most true to the anime/manga games of Dragonball out there. The multi-player is pretty poor, but that is clearly NOT what this game is about. Most of the levels in the single player are pretty good, some however do drag on a bit, slowing the pace of the game. I'd recommend it to anyone who's a fan of the series, not anyone else though. As fans could let some bad level design slide for the great cut scenes scattered throughout the game. Slight shortness and occasional suckiness drag the game down however. Full Review »
  2. XanderG
    Nov 11, 2009
    This game is really worth it if you're a fan of the Dragon Ball original series, simply for the gorgeous cutscenes and good gameplay, This game is really worth it if you're a fan of the Dragon Ball original series, simply for the gorgeous cutscenes and good gameplay, but if you're not a DB fan don't get this. Full Review »