Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Demo Available on Japanese Nintendo eShop with English Localisation

Those interested in trying out the Nintendo Switch release of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, and to see how well it performs on the hybrid console, can do so with a playable demo available from the Japanese Nintendo eShop.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot on the Nintendo Switch, otherwise known as Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot + New Power Awakens due to its inclusion of Season Pass DLC, was released globally in September 2021, with the Japanese release featuring English localisation and a playable demo. It’s possible the demo was made available at launch, and we missed it, but after seeing it listed on the Japanese eShop we had to give it a try.

The demo available from the Japanese Nintendo eShop allows you to play a small portion of the game, namely the Raditz encounter, and any related mini-quests and enemies surrounding it. Once Raditz has been defeated the demo will end. The demo can be played as many times as you like, and it even features English audio with the FUNimation voice actors. By default the audio is set to Japanese, but by accessing the options menu from the title screen you can adjust the audio to English.

It’s interesting that the demo wasn’t made available in other regions, especially the US, but as the full game in Europe features multiple languages, such as German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian, the publisher (Bandai Namco) most likely opted to not release the demo as it did not give a true representation of the final product for that region.

Either way a playable demo of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is available to download from the Japanese Nintendo eShop, and despite the slightly pixelated screenshots and compressed video cut-scenes the game runs pretty well on the Nintendo Switch and looks great on a Switch OLED screen. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot meanwhile is available physically and digitally for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One worldwide as well as digitally on Windows PC.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has produced content for ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

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