Here’s What to Expect From ‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’ on Switch

Tom Regan
Games Dragon Ball
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It’s been a pretty good year for Dragon Ball fans. Thanks to the massively well-received Dragon Ball Super anime and Bandai Namco’s successful Dragon Ball FighterZ (read our review here), Saiyan madness is in full swing. With Nintendo also enjoying a bit of a renaissance, it was only a matter of time until Dragon Ball FighterZ made its debut on the Switch.

Announced at this year’s E3, we managed to get our hands on the docked version of the game to see how it held up. And? Well, Dragon Ball fans, things are looking pretty promising. When it comes to fighting games, a rock solid framerate is crucial to keeping the action smooth and responsive. Thankfully, this is one area where the Super Saiyan-slapping Switch port definitely delivers.

While it doesn’t appear to be running at a crisp 1080p, the Switch port still manages to retain that brilliant, authentic-looking anime aesthetic. Control-wise, things are exactly what you expect. Diving into battle with Gotenks and Majin Buu on the Switch Pro Controller felt like an effortless transition after having fired our fair share of Kamehamehas on the PS4 version earlier in the year.

Don’t believe us? Well, you can check out a full match against the CPU in all its Switch glory above.

The key question for many is, of course, will the game’s net code hold up on Switch? With no online build to test out, that still remains to be seen. Given the time between its original launch and the Switch port, however, let’s hope Bandai has managed to keep online bouts feeling smooth.

Dragon Ball FighterZ launches on the Switch on September 28th. If you pre-order the game you also get a copy of classic SNES Dragon Ball brawler, Super Butoden. Fun fact: While Super Butoden was released in both Japan and Europe, it never actually made it to U.S. shores. So if you’re curious about trying out a long-lost SNES classic, now is your chance.

Tom Regan
Having written for everyone from Trusted Reviews to The Guardian, Tom is a London based writer who can't stop talking about games. Now he's joined the team at FANDOM as gaming editor, we have to constantly remind ourselves that he's not actually Ed Sheeran.