Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 Wii


Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
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  1. 90
    The game provides an astonishing amount of playability, unique player interface, and covers nearly all of the 20 odd years of the Dragon Ball Saga. This game is a definite buy for both Wii gamers and DBZ fans alike. [Dec. 2006, p.113]
  2. AceGamez
    An epic anime beat-em-up unlike anything else currently on the market. Although the controls are slightly tricky at first, this is a game with so much depth and character that I can't help but recommend it to everyone.
  3. This should be the template for translating fighting games to the Wii, while it is modeled around DBZ's strange combat with a few tweaks, there is a lot of potential.
  4. A Dragon Ball Z fan’s dream come true. The game boasts a incredibly large roster of fighters hearkening from every obscure movie and saga in the series.
  5. This is without a doubt the most fun DBZ game ever. Not only is it the only DBZ game that really recaptures the feel of the anime, but it is fun to play for DBZ fans and non-fans alike. The Wii controls are amazing when you get past the rough learning curve.
  6. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Loads to do, tons of moves, great action and numerous characters to play with. This is a vast game that has plenty of Dragon Ball Z characters and plots for the fans. [Mar 2007, p.82]
  7. Though it might seem that the game is meant only for people who are fans of the series, in both digital and literary form, it's apparent that the fighting itself really appeals to anyone who likes a good, fast-paced battle filled with spectacular moves and speed.
  8. 83
    One of the most entertaining and fierce anime fighters around. This is every DBZ fan’s wet dream.
  9. This game is so solid that it will almost definitely convert a few more gamers into DBZ fans.
  10. If you haven't purchased the game yet, this is the version to get – with motion controls and Classic Controller support, BT2 on Wii gives you the best of both worlds.
  11. Nintendo Gamer
    It's a labour of love for fans of the anime and, as such, is about as hardcore an intro to the DBZ universe as you could imagine. Underneath the layers of story there's a spectacular fighter. [Feb 2007, p.60]
  12. 80
    Despite the learning curve, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is a worthy purchase. Even if you can't find people to play in the two-player modes, the story mode has enough action-packed content to soak up the entire DBZ legacy, and to keep you busy for a long, long time.
  13. This isn’t the greatest fighter you’re ever going to play, but you don’t need to be a hardcore Dragon Ball nerd to enjoy what’s on offer thanks to the active Wii controls. Plus there’s something almost cathartic about sending your buddy flying through a mountain using nothing but a well-placed combo.
  14. Atari spices up the celebrated DBZ franchise with this fluid free-form fighter, and complemented by the Wii's wacky controllers.
  15. The combat system, while seemingly simple on the outside, is actually pretty deep.
  16. 80
    In the end, all of the assets of the game add up to be a fun if slightly repetitive game.
  17. The game is complicated and unwieldy with the Wii Remote, but manageable on either the Classic or Gamecube controllers.
  18. Games Master UK
    An exhaustive DBZ bonanza, with state of the art (but nutjob hard) controls. [Mar 2007, p.80]
  19. Nintendo Power
    After you wave the Wii remote and nunchuk to unleash Goku's Spirit Bomb attack, I guarantee you won't want to go back to hitting a simple button combination. [jan. 2007, p.112]
  20. 75
    A great game. You have all the hallmarks that should be there. You even have a wealth of options and content to fill out the package.
  21. A capable fighter, but a great Dragon Ball Z game.
  22. Even without its wealth of extras, though, Tenkaichi 2 packs in a ton of fast, visceral and inexplicably addictive fighting action. Whether you're a fan of the series or you just want to punch a few guys through buildings, new Wii owners looking to scratch a fighting-game itch will want to check this out.
  23. Any DBZ fan’s dream game. With nearly any DBZ character that a fan could ask for, a deeper fighting game, a long (if shallow) story mode, an improved Z Battle mode, better graphics, and an overall improved game, there isn’t much to complain about.
  24. Budokai Tenkaichi 2 provides an authentic Dragonball Z experience fordie-hard fans, and a decent at best fighting game for the rest of us.
  25. With higher production values and some online play, it could’ve easily become a great party game.
  26. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Nope, this 3D fighter forces you to wrap your head (and hands) around a shockingly deep control system utilizing nearly every button on the Wii-mote and Nunchuck. [Dec. 2006, p.118]
  27. Burdened by clumsy controls and predictable artificial intelligence, Tenkaichi 2 is a game that can be loved only by forgiving DBZ fans.
  28. I was disappointed with this game. While I can see that the developers put a lot of time and effort into making one of the largest most comprehensive Dragon Ball games yet, the sheer complexity of the controls work counter-productive to their intentions.
  29. The thought of the possible controls had me very excited. Although I am not a fan of Dragon Ball Z, and never have been, the Wii’s controls could have turned this game into an instant classic for anyone.
  30. 60
    If anything, the integration of posing like show characters to unleash their powers will have DBZ haters grinding their teeth louder and longer than they would for the PS2 version. Certainly, the actual fighting mechanic is just as so-so as it was there.
  31. Atari's Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 causes fatigue, thanks to its tiring and broken controls.
  32. It can provide some wacky fun, but it lacks all of the finesse of a genuine fighting game. Budokai Tenkaichi 2 relies exclusively on a mediocre combat engine and the naivety of fans who will buy it because they want to play through the Cell Saga yet again.
  33. The game does prove that a 3D fighting game can be done with the Wii's limited buttons...but only if the game is very simple with only one or two attack buttons.
  34. Spike has done a great job making a game for Dragon Ball Z fans – possibly the ultimate Dragon Ball Z game, with loads of extras and 120 playable characters – but its shallow fighting engine, extremely difficult Wii controls, and mediocre camera positioning will bar all but the most diehard fans of the series.
  35. As it stands, you really only need to play each character once to check out their special moves, say “cool”, and move on. Great license, great production values, and a mediocre fighter, that pretty much sums it up.
  36. Best bet is to buy the PS2 version of the game for your DBZ cravings and wait for the next Wii version.
  37. games(TM)
    Its nicely cel-shaded characters pull off impressively over-baked attack combos in colourful stages, but it lacks balance and plays with no subtlety. [Mar 2007, p.111]

Awards & Rankings

#11 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2006
#5 Most Shared Wii Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. BryanM.
    Nov 27, 2007
    What do you mean complicated? this game is not that complicated at all! the only move that is hard is the kamama! this is a great game! this What do you mean complicated? this game is not that complicated at all! the only move that is hard is the kamama! this is a great game! this is good for both DBZ fans and none. this trully is a great game for the WII. but it comes short because it does get boring after you beat it. but hey it was worth the $40 price for it. And one more thing I have heard more anoying charater voices in the menu then this game. like Narto for the WII talk about anoying! Full Review »
  2. SamP.
    Nov 5, 2007
    This game was a lot of fun while it lasted - and that was when I unlocked all the characters. It's a shame as this game lacks a This game was a lot of fun while it lasted - and that was when I unlocked all the characters. It's a shame as this game lacks a "pick-up-and-play" style that allows for multiplayer to extend it's lifespan. Still, performing a Kamehameha is never going to be any more than it is in this game. Full Review »
  3. BenjaminB.
    May 10, 2007
    Great game for dbz-fans, but only for them. others will complain about annoying voice-acting in the menus, unbalanced characters and gameplay,Great game for dbz-fans, but only for them. others will complain about annoying voice-acting in the menus, unbalanced characters and gameplay, and poor graphics of the environment. nevertheless it's just a great feeling to beat the enemy so hard that he flies into the next building. Full Review »