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  • Summary: (Also known as "Bleach DS") Players face a variety of opponents as one of 28 highly-stylized characters in intense action-packed battles based on the animated series. Bleach: The Blade of Fate on the Nintendo DS brings a twist to the traditional 2D fighting game with 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. The game also allows gamers 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. Additionally, gamers can take to the streets battling against enemies with up to four players in fast-paced combat via the Nintendo DS' Wi-Fi capabilities. [Sega] Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
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  1. 100
    Really, though, it's all about getting together with a few friends and beating the living tar out of each other. Up to four players can take part in a fight, selecting from 26 characters throughout the game.
  2. At the end of the day Bleach should have been the best fighting game to ever grace a portable, but there's just one major sticking point keeping it away from that goal: the d-pad. [JPN Import]
  3. It's been a long time coming but DS owners finally have a decent brawler to enjoy - Bleach: Blade of Fate offers peerless scrapping action.
  4. 85
    The DS has been around for three years and we finally have a fighting game worth playing!
  5. Given the fact that the gameplay still appeals lets us know we are dealing with a good quality product. So if you are looking for a nice fighting game with a beautifully worked out multiplayer, then Bleach: The Blade of Fate is definitely your game.
  6. 80
    Bleach: The Blade of Fate may be two years old, but it still comes across as a great anime-based title and is far and away one of the best fighters on the Nintendo DS.
  7. If you're prepared to ignore its shortcomings and get to know it, there's an approachable beat-'em-up in here, even if it yields to your whim far too easily.

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  1. BryanM
    Aug 7, 2008
    good storyline??? lol, of course its good, its from the series, no new story! this game is great for any fighter gamer! my friend hates most anima games, but he loves this one now if I could get him to watch the show! this game has great 2D graphics and also uses the duel screens very well! it also has many charaters, not bad voice acting for a DS game ether! any way you look at it this is a must for all gamers! I would say its the best fighter on the DS! Expand
  2. DukjinI.
    Dec 1, 2007
    Great game. Best fighter on the DS. Very good story mode... and multiple other modes. If you like Bleach, game is an 11. If you dont' know Bleach, game is a 9. I haven't tried the online or wireless play yet, but even if the wireless part turns out mediocre (I've read it's actually really good), the single player is already worth a 10. Expand
  3. PfillipT.
    Jul 8, 2006
    Impressive, beautiful, fun as all hell. Best anime-based game in a long time and one of the best handheld fighters.
  4. JeffK
    Sep 20, 2009
    I have never been a fan of the fighting genre but this game certainly changed my mind. The easy to pick up fighting mechanics and wide assortment of characters to choose from makes this game fun for anyone. I especially liked the touch screen buttons that replace the annoying button combos of other fighting games. I have tried the DS download multiplayer and it is excellent, they do nothing to limit the experience just because all of your friends dont have the game. The only thing that leaves a something to be desired is the story mode, but, if you care about the story you should watch the first three season of the tv show before buying the game. Expand
  5. AlexM.
    Nov 11, 2007
    Brilliant multiplayer and a fun arcade mode that will keep you wanting to try out your next special move or new killer combination. good game based version of the popular anime minus the story ofcourse. loses point(singular) on poor story mode. lots of fun. Expand