SEGA of America Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced that they will introduce North American Nintendo gamers to interactive titles based on VIZ Media’s award-winning anime series Bleach, which airs on Adult Swim in the U.S. Bleach: Shattered Blade will be available for Nintendo’s Wii, while Bleach: The Blade of Fate will debut for the Nintendo DS handheld system this fall, just in time for the start of the second season on Cartoon Network’s late-night sister network.
The Bleach storyline follows fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki, who is able to see spirits, including Soul Reapers, warriors from the afterlife that defend humans from otherworldly beings called Hollows. Injured by a Hollow, a Soul Reaper named Rukia lends her powers to Ichigo, sending him on a perilous quest for truth.
With the games, SEGA promises to deliver relentless action and dazzling swordplay with highly stylized graphics designed to provide an authentic anime experience. The voice actors form the show even reprise their roles for the titles, which feature more than two dozen characters and allow players to unlock individual character stories.
Bleach: Shattered Blade will enable gamers to wield the Wii Remote and Nunchuk as their weapons, slashing, jabbing and lunging in furious battles. The game will also offer an exclusive storyline featuring 32 characters to choose from. Once a new character is unlocked, players will be able to replay the story episodes utilizing special moves and weapons. Characters can also summon supernatural battle allies such as a giant serpent, a samurai titan, or a tidal wave. In addition, gamers will have the option of squaring-off against friends in high-speed, multiplayer combat in 3D arenas and environments based on settings from the series.
Developed by Treasure, Bleach: The Blade of Fate for DS will have players face a variety of opponents as one of 28 highly-stylized characters in action-packed battles. SEGA says the game will bring a twist to the traditional 2D fighting game by introducing a new kind of battle system that enables players to move between upper and lower split-plane battle arenas to chase after or escape from opponents. Gamers will also be able to build Spirit Card Decks to strategically access power-ups and power-downs to perform special attacks, cast healing spells on themselves, displace opponents or prohibit them from using their own Spirit Cards. The DS’ Wi-Fi functionality allows for four-player action.