Bandai Announces A New Dragon Ball Super Digital Card Game On Goku Day!

The Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game will be discontinued once Dragon Ball Super Divers releases.


It’s May 9th and Dragon Ball fans know this day to be Goku Day and Piccolo Day!

Goku Day is an official anniversary certified and registered by the Japanese Anniversary Association. What is the significance of May 9th? In Japan, the date is written in the format of 5/9. Interestingly, the digits 5 and 9 can be pronounced as “Go” and “Ku” respectively, which coincidentally form the Japanese character for Goku. Therefore, May 9th was designated as Goku Day!

Additionally, May 9th is recognized as Piccolo Day due to King Piccolo’s proclamation of his dominion over Earth on that particular date in the series.

On every Goku Day, companies making Dragon Ball content always make some important announcements, and 2024 ain’t an exception.

Bandai Namco had announced on May 9, 2024, that a brand-new digital card game, with all-new rules, cards, and machines is currently in the works! And it’s called “Dragon Ball Super Divers”.

A special promo video has been released to commemorate the announcement and give fans a glimpse of how the game feels!

Dragon Ball Super manga editor Victory Uchida sat down with producer Akai to talk about the announcement, and during the conversation, Akai mentioned that the cards, rules, and machines of Dragon Ball Super Divers will all be different from the Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game. Essentially, Dragon Ball Super Divers is a direct successor of Super Dragon Ball Heroes.

The goal of making a completely new game is to let fans feel like they’re inside the world of Dragon Ball. And that is achieved through its immersive experience by having a monitor that is 3 times bigger than that of Super Dragon Ball Heroes’!

From the trailer, we see that the monitor has 3 panels rather than just 1. Not only that, the monitor has been upgraded to have better image quality and graphics.

But since this is an arcade game, it is exclusive to fans living in Japan, much like Super Dragon Ball Heroes. So hard luck for overseas fans…

Moreover, it has been sadly announced that the Super Dragon Ball Heroes arcade game will be discontinued once Dragon Ball Super Divers releases and the Heroes cards will not be usable in Divers. But they’re developing a separate “HEROES Mode” for players to play HEROES with their old HEROES cards.

However, the producer urges people to migrate to DIVERS as HEROES will get no update once DIVERS is out.

Watch the entire interview with producer Akai with English subtitles here!

More information about Dragon Ball Super Divers will be announced at Jump Victory Carnival on July 21. So stay tuned!

About Dragon Ball:

Dragon Ball is a manga series by Akira Toriyama. It first began its serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1984.

The manga was later adapted into a multitude of animated series, movies, and games.

The franchise consists of five different anime series, about 21 animated movies, and around 10 games spanning various platforms, from Famicon to Playstation and Xbox.

Synopsis of the Dragon Ball anime:

Goku Son is a young boy who lives in the woods all alone—that is, until a girl named Bulma runs into him in her search for a set of magical objects called the “Dragon Balls.”

Since the artefacts are said to grant one wish to whoever collects all seven, Bulma hopes to gather them and wish for a perfect boyfriend.

Goku happens to be in possession of a dragon ball, but unfortunately for Bulma, he refuses to part ways with it, so she makes him a deal: he can tag along on her journey if he lets her borrow the dragon ball’s power.

With that, the two set off on the journey of a lifetime.

Source: DB Official Site, Twitter