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Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
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  1. Apr 10, 2019
    73
    Its game system is tremendously complex but addictive, and we will have to find the best strategy to win in the next game. It is a pity that its soundtrack and its story subtract part of the rating of this installment of Dragon Ball.
  2. 70
    Overall, I’d say I like World Mission as a fun game to pick up once in a while, watch DB characters beat each other up, and enjoy a Japanese arcade experience on the go. For longer play sessions, the game can sometimes dip into monotony, but as far as fanservice-powered Dragon Ball spin-offs go, you could do a lot worse.
  3. Apr 22, 2019
    70
    This is a card game aimed at Dragon Ball diehards, with enough depth, creativity and fan service to keep the fans entertained. It does suffer visually, and those not into the series may want to give this one a miss.
  4. Apr 20, 2019
    70
    Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission is the best version of the long-running card-battling series yet, boasting a raft of new adjustments, extra cards and fresh missions to keep you coming back for more. It’s packed to the rafters with content, from a heavy-duty story mode to local and online battles, so if you’re a fan of the series you’re going to lap up this entry now it’s finally arrived in the West. While it lacks the deeper tactical nuance of Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions, it’s still a fun and unapologetically Japanese arcade experience right there on your Switch.
  5. Apr 15, 2019
    70
    World Mission is not a particularly deep game and is also technically obsolete. But it is also true that it offers a wealth of content that can make the experience as fun and long-lived as required, combining the whole with a huge amount of fanservice for all Dragon Ball lovers.
  6. Apr 14, 2019
    70
    Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission does an admirable job at replicating the original Japanese arcade game on the Nintendo Switch.
  7. Apr 10, 2019
    70
    Visuals are rough, interface is clunky and the game is not really updated to the latest expansion pack, however there is a lot to love if you are a fan of the franchise and the tactical gameplay is surprisingly deep.
  8. Apr 10, 2019
    70
    In Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World mission there a great amount of cards and collectibles. There's a simple story with a good and deep structure due to the stratified gameplay mechanics. Not only fan service.
  9. Apr 9, 2019
    70
    Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission is a truly Japanese Arcade gameplay experience that works pretty well on the Switch. Quite different from what Western Dragon Ball fans are used to playing and full of content and fan service, Bandai Namco Entertainment's game is one fans of Goku and friends should give a chance.
  10. Apr 8, 2019
    65
    Super Dragon Ball Heroes is pure fan-service and a great adaptation of the original arcade game. Nevertheless, its visuals are out-dated and its core gameplay is soon redundant. Tolerant fans might enjoy it.
  11. NF Magazine
    Feb 27, 2020
    60
    If you crave 100-hour, card- based strategy games, hold onto your combat gi! [Issue #40 – July/August 2019, p. 70]
  12. Sep 19, 2019
    60
    Not being a fan of card games myself, I approached this game with low expectations. I found myself pleasantly surprised by the game’s addicting nature, compounded by the robust content and fan service. I spent many hours trying to unlock more character cards and scenarios. Super Saiyan 3 Vegito. Various non-canon transformations of Broly. I even got a character card of Bulma, which I immediately added to my main deck. Despite the immense fun factor and extra features, the card game itself isn’t compelling enough to entice those who are unfamiliar with the anime series. However, devout fans of the Dragon Ball series should find plenty of content to feast on here.
  13. Jul 1, 2019
    60
    Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission is a card collector's dream thanks to the astounding volume of cards and characters in the game. Unfortunately, bringing those cards into battle isn't nearly as satisfying as collecting them, as long-winded duels and shoddy enemy AI ruin the simple to learn yet hard to master nature of the card game. Fans of Dragon Ball will still have a good time here, as long as they're willing to put up with a lot of waiting and repetition.
  14. Jun 10, 2019
    60
    As someone who only recently came to the Dragon Ball franchise, the various storylines and characters felt a little overwhelming at first, but it was great to learn about each of them through the eyes of the central character, who, in essence, is a fan. Everything is larger than life and for those who want to delve into all the tiny intricacies of the battles on top of absorbing the lore, they’ll be in their element. Those of us on the fringes will find a relatively fun game that throws a bit too much at the wall hoping for it to stick.
  15. Apr 9, 2019
    60
    It's difficult to be positive about Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission because you have to give it the benefit of the doubt and be a big Dragon Ball fan to enjoy it. The core game is pretty fun in a simple time-wasting way, and the "What If?" scenarios are significantly more engaging than the ones in Xenoverse. Unfortunately, to reach all of that, you have to deal with awkward UI, convoluted explanations, and just about the worst graphics you'll see in a $60 game. Fans who have the patience to deal with a lot of caveats can enjoy World Mission. Casual Dragon Ball players will want to go for the Xenoverse games for an overall higher-quality experience.
  16. Jun 25, 2019
    50
    Overall, I enjoyed my time with World Mission even as a casual Dragonball fan, though the gameplay did leave me wanting. Super Dragonball Heroes: World Mission is worth the price of admission, just come to it for the fanservice and not for the deckbuilding.
  17. Jun 19, 2019
    50
    Super Dragon Ball Heroes is an overwhelmingly mediocre game from a gameplay or narrative perspective. It’s not bad, but it’s quite boring and shallow. There’s probably more here for avid fans of the series than there is for someone looking for an interesting game or a challenging strategy experience.
  18. Apr 15, 2019
    50
    Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission carries a fun card game at its core, but the final product is a mediocre port laden down with mechanical convolution and kitschy arcadiness, each present for their own sake.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36
  1. Apr 9, 2019
    10
    For over 9 years, Dragon Ball Heroes has been around in Japan for a very long time and never got a release in the West. Now the wait is over,For over 9 years, Dragon Ball Heroes has been around in Japan for a very long time and never got a release in the West. Now the wait is over, thanks to Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission on the Nintendo Switch, which i think is the perfect console for the game as it makes you feel like it as playing the actual card arcade game. Is it a bit expensive? Yeah you could say that, but you get a lot to do in this game, like the Story Mode, the Arcade Mode, there are over 1,000 cards and over 350 playable characters to create many teams. So please, if you have Nintendo Switch and are a Dragon Ball fan, get this game and support it. Cause if we keep supporting Super Dragon Ball Heroes, we might get the actual Arcade game in the West. Dragon Ball in Dave N Busters anyone? Full Review »
  2. Apr 11, 2019
    10
    The game fast paced ,nerve raking, and really fun. This is best in the xenoverse franchise and that's saying a lot.
  3. Apr 13, 2019
    3
    SDBHWM is the popular card game from Japan digitized. It blends a mix of tactical combat and RPG elements with fighting. It reminds me of theSDBHWM is the popular card game from Japan digitized. It blends a mix of tactical combat and RPG elements with fighting. It reminds me of the Dragon Quest RPGs because of the turn-based tactical combat. Players obtain cards and create powerful decks and then place them in combat against enemy teams.

    The game boasts 350 characters using cell-shaded animations from the Budokai series, and players can collect over 1000 different cards. Players can also use the custom card creator to create their own card with effects, super attacks, and transformations. Collecting cards and editing them is very time consuming, and I prefer to get straight into the fighting.

    This is a huge service to mega fan boys and geeks that have to have everything Dragon Ball. Dimps knows if they slap a picture of Ultimate Gohan on a card, fan boys will buy anything. However, it is a turn-off for those who prefer pure fighters. It is basically Dragon Ball team reduced to mini-games. You press the A button and try to win a charged impact or super attack, and watch the characters perform the same animation over and over again. This is a very unimaginative way to play the game and becomes mundane after a while.

    With the number of characters, Dimps could have created a really exciting and fascinating followup to Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3. Budokai 3 had better core mechanics and players could enter various punch kick combinations and then use devastating ultimate attacks. It would have been awesome to perform all the super and ultimate attacks now in SDBH in a new Budokai game. This is truly a waste of good characters.

    Players have also complained that's it's tedious to move the cards around, and the controls are awkward if you're using a controller and no stylus on a PC. There's also no English dub so you won't hear Sean Schemmel's voice shouting the famous word, "Kamehameha!" If Dimps spent a little more time on the game, they could have sent it to Funmation for an English dub.

    The game also comes with a hefty price tag ($60), and the anime music add-ons cost extra. It is definitely not worth the cost. I would rent the game or try to get a free copy and try it out. If you like the game, then you can take your save game and transfer it if you decide to buy later on.

    On the positive side, the game is unique and it does offer a lot of replayability. Players can go back to story missions and try to complete the ultimate clear conditions to collect items. This is bound to keep fans occupied for hours.

    Unfortunately, the game fails to leave a lasting impression and its easy to put down the controller on this one. I think Dimps needs to capitalize on all 350 characters, their special moves and create a really good pure fighting successor to Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3.
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