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Title Screen

Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure

Also known as: Dragon Ball: Advance Adventure (JP)
Developer: Dimps
Publishers: Banpresto (JP), Bandai (EU), Atari, SA (US)
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Released in JP: November 18, 2004
Released in US: June 6, 2006
Released in EU: June 17, 2005
Released in KR: 2005


DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure, based on the Dragon Ball manga and anime series, revolves around Goku's early adventures when he was a kid.

Versions and Build Dates

All versions of the game include some build info near the end of the ROM. The Japanese and Korean versions, while separate ROMs, share the same version and date. Given that the versions seem to count inversely to the games' release order, it's possible they were each versioned separately.

Japan/Korea
DB1258/DCDD28
Europe
EB84DC
USA
D701D0
1.04Sun Sep 26 16:36:02  2004
0.61Fri Feb 25 19:39:46  2005
0.50Mon Dec 19 17:01:56  2005

Unused Graphics

Hmmm...
To do:
This rip of the title screen graphics seems to feature an alternate palette for the title screen background, which it erroneously claims is used on the European version's title screen. Investigate whether this palette exists in any version of the game and, if so, document it accordingly.

Bulma

DragonBallAA-UnusedBulmaCostume.gif

An unused animation featuring the costume Bulma first appears in can be found along with her other in-game sprites.

Regional Differences

Hmmm...
To do:

  • Certain characters have name changes (e.g. Tao Pai Pai -> Mercenary Tao, Tenshinhan -> Tien) or differently-romanised names (e.g. Gokou -> Goku, Juckie Chun -> Jackie Chun) between the versions released in different territories - these changes need documenting.
  • ...There's probably more differences, too.

Intro Sequence

Europe US
DBAA-E-Copyright.png DBAA-U-Copyright.png

Copyright screens were introduced in the European and US versions. Because Funimation owns the rights to Dragon Ball in the US, more copyright disclaimers had to be added. Additionally, because Bandai and Atari are the respective publishers of the European and the US version, screen sequences were added showing their logos.

Title Screen

Japan Europe US
DBAA-J-Title.png DBAA-E-Title.png DBAA-U-Title.png

The Japanese and European versions base their logo design on the one used in the anime's opening credits sequence.

The European version stays largely faithful to the Japanese version's title screen. The blue portion of the logo has been brightened slightly, and the seven Dragon Balls featuring the Japanese translation of the series name have been removed. The decorations surrounding the subtitle have been redrawn to make use of the extra space - the white pattern is smaller and tiled in groups of four, the seven Dragon Balls are floating around the subtitle, and the dragon Shenron's head, claws and tail have been added in addition to its body. The subtitle text has been translated, though it's been altered slightly from the original Advance Adventure to the more grammatically-correct Advanced Adventure to reflect the localised title. The copyright text at the bottom of the screen has also been translated, with a couple of minor changes - 1989 (the year the anime completed its original run) has been added to the top line, and the 2004 in the bottom line has been amended to 2005 to reflect the European version's release date.

The US version keeps the same localised title as the European release, but uses a completely different logo graphic based on the logo used on packaging for releases of Funimation's English dub of the anime, and featuring an ® symbol next to the Dragon Ball brand name. All the on-screen copyright text present in the other versions has been removed entirely.

Additionally, the Japanese version plays an instrumental version of the anime's opening theme "Makafushigi Adventure!", which has been replaced with an original composition in both the European and US versions.

Japan US and Europe

Vs Jackie Chun

Japan US and Europe

During the Jackie Chun boss fight, the Japanese version plays an arrangement of "Mezase Tenkaichi", a recurring insert song from the original anime. This was removed completely in overseas versions, which simply play the normal Tournament theme instead.

Credits

Japan US and Europe

During the credits sequence, the Japanese version plays an arrangement of the anime's ending theme, "Romantikku Ageru Yo". Like the opening theme, this was replaced with an original composition in both overseas releases.

Voice Acting

The Japanese and European versions share the same voice acting, featuring the Japanese voice cast reprising their roles from the original anime. The US version changes this, instead using newly-recorded voices from the cast of Funimation's English dub of the anime. These new clips include some localised names to match said English dub - for example, Goku's cry of "Kinto-un!" instead becomes "Flying Nimbus!".

Miscellaneous

Japan Europe US
DBAA-J-power pole.png DBAA-E-power pole.png DBAA-U-power pole.png

The A-button icon has been redrawn between all three versions. Additionally, the + was slimmed down for the US version, and Goku is called "Gokou" in the Japanese version.

Dialogue

Europe USA
Yoo-hoo!
Yikes!
Heh heh heh! You can't get away from me!
Goku: Yoo-hoo!
Oolong: Yikes!
Goku: Heh heh heh! You can't get away from me!
This dialogue takes place right before Goku fights Oolong in the air. Even though the speech bubbles point at the respective characters, their names were added to the US version's dialogue.
Oolong: Give me some girl's
panties!
Oolong: Give me the world's most
comfortable pair of underwear!
Oolong's wish upon the Dragon Balls was altered for the American market, matching the change made in the corresponding episode of Funimation's English-language dub of the anime. This change also affects the item collection screen, where the item DragonBallAA-GBA-GirlsPanties.pngGirl's Panties is renamed DragonBallAA-GBA-ComfyUnderwear.pngComfy Underwear.
Korin: After catching me,
your power...
...has increased several
times over!
Korin: By catching me,your
power...
...has incresed several
times over.
The American localization manages to introduce two typos here: the lack of a space after the comma and the more egregious misspelling of "increased".
Black: For now, we should get
out of here! We will rebuild
our forces!
Black: For now, we should get
out of here! We will rebuild
or forces!
Another Funimation-approved typo ("or forces").