Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2 (ドラゴンボールZ 超武闘伝2 Doragon Bōru Zetto Sūpā Butōden Tsū, lit. Dragon Ball Z: Super Fighting Story 2), called Dragon Ball Z 2: la Légende Saien in France, is a fighting game and the second installment in the Butōden series. It was released for the Super Nintendo on December 17, 1993 in Japan, and in June 1994 in France and Spain. Super Butōden 2 is also one of the games included in the game compilation J Legend Retsuden for Nintendo 3DS. Additionally, a digital copy of the game was made available as a bonus for fans who pre-ordered Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden for the 3DS. However, for reasons unknown, this port is untranslated from Japanese.
Super Butōden 2 features ten playable characters (eight normal, two unlockable with a code). The game's story mode covers the Cell Games Saga, as well as alternate versions of Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound and Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan/Broly - Second Coming. The story mode became very popular at the time because of its many different variations. Depending on if the player wins or loses a battle, the story will take a different turn, which leads to a lot of possibilities to experience. The official French translation was clumsy and most of the time hardly comprehensible for anyone unfamiliar with the Dragon Ball Z story. A significant number of sentences were grammatically incorrect, sometimes to the point of complete incoherence.
The first story in the mode is "Fear! The Cell Games". The Dragon Team are training for the Cell Games and the player must choose a sparring partner for his or her character: Goku or one of the other playable characters in the mode. The story then follows the Cell Games, including Mr. Satan's appearance, Cell self destructing and coming back. Gohan uses the Father-Son Kamehameha if the player does not defeat Cell during their second confrontation.
The "Resurrection! Galaxy Warrior" story is unlocked after Cell's defeat. The Galaxy Soldiers Bojack and Zangya arrive on Earth and try to get the Dragon Balls. They trick the Z Fighters into fighting each other with evil clones of Gohan, Future Trunks, Vegeta, or Piccolo. In the "Sudden shock ! Duel" branch, Bojack and Zangya use gigantic machines to spread the Destron Gas on Earth, and use the Cell Juniors as henchmen. If the Z Fighters fail to defeat Bojack, Broly will appear and kill him, thus ending the Story Mode.
If the player completes certain tasks during the Story Mode (only on difficulty levels 3 or 4), the "Legendary Super Saiyan?" story will be unlocked. Broly arrives on Earth in order to find Kakarot (Goku, who has been killed during the "Cell Games" story), and attacks the Z Fighters.
One on one battle mode.
- 1P VS CPU
- 1P VS 2P
- Spectator mode (CPU VS CPU)
A tournament with eight competitors.
Sound test and difficulty selection.
- Super Saiyan 2 Gohan
- Perfect Cell
- Super Saiyan Vegeta
- Cell Jr.
- Super Saiyan Future Trunks
- Bojack (Full Power)
- Bulma & baby Trunks
- Dr. Brief
- Master Roshi
- Mr. Popo
- King Kai
- World Tournament Announcer
- World Martial Arts Tournament
- World Martial Arts Tournament (nightfall)
- Earth 1
- Earth 2
- Woods 1
- Woods 2 (night)
- Rock 1
- Rock 2 (nightfall)
- Sea 1
- Sea 2 (nightfall)
The game sold 1.15 million copies in Japan.
- Mr. Satan was renamed Enfer in the French version because the name "Satan Petit-Cœur" is used for King Piccolo in the French dub of the Dragon Ball anime. A possible connection in Mr. Satan's name change is that "Enfer" is the French word for "Hell".
- For unknown reasons, Broly, Zangya and Bojack were renamed Tara, Aki, and Kujila, respectively, in the French and Spanish versions.
- This is the only Dragon Ball Z fighting game in which Goku is not readily playable in the Japanese version, as he was currently dead at that point in the manga's continuity. A code is required to unlock him and Broly, the other hidden character.
- This is the first fighting video game to include movie characters.
- This is the first game to feature an underwater fighting option.
- The bassline for Cell's theme is taken from the 1971 Pink Floyd song "One of These Days"; this song, as well as the rest of the game's soundtrack, was composed by Kenji Yamamoto, who would eventually be fired from Toei following the discovery that he had plagiarized several popular western artists throughout his career.
- Despite being labelled as a Virtual Console title, the 3DS port of this game included with Extreme Butoden pre-orders is remarkably different from actual 3DS Virtual Console games, featuring unique icons on the home menu and a gray border dotted with several Dragon Balls rather than the standard black borders. These differences can be attributed to Super Butoden 2 being the first SNES game to be re-released on the 3DS, as SNES games didn't see release on the 3DS Virtual Console until the release of the more powerful New Nintendo 3DS.