Bleach Slashes Onto Wii and DS

BleachAnime fans rejoice, the hit Bleach series is about to make its North American video game debut as Sega has announced plans to release two titles based on the anime: Bleach: Shattered Blade for the Wii and Bleach: The Blade of Fate for the DS, both featuring anime-stylized graphics, high-speed swordplay, over two dozen characters from the show voiced by the real actors, and authentic storylines.

Bleach offers both fans and newcomers alike an action-packed arcade experience that delivers fast-paced swordplay in the tradition of the animated series’ intense action sequences,” said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. “Bleach is an exciting and highly anticipated property that translates extremely well to the versatility of the Wii Remote and the DS’ portable gameplay, and SEGA is proud to be the first to bring the video game series to the North American audience.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with SEGA for the Bleach Wii and DS games,” states Linda Espinosa, Vice President, Content Management, VIZ Media. “The SEGA games have enjoyed immense success in Japan, the manga is a top seller in both the Japan and US, and we are expecting great fan response when these games release.”

In Bleach: Shattered Blade, players will take up their Wii Remote and Nunchu and hack and slash through an exclusive storyline featuring 32 characters to choose from, each complete with weapons and special attacks pulled straight from the TV series.

In the hands of legendary game studio Treasure, Bleach: The Blade of Fate for the DS is a 2D fighting game featuring an innovative battle system that will let players jump between split-plane arenas. The Blade of Fate will also feature 28 characters from the anime, a strategic Spirit Card power-up and special attack system and Wi-Fi multiplayer action for up to four players.

Bleach: Shattered Blade and Bleach: The Blade of Fate will be making their debuts this fall.

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