Bleach: The Blade of Fate

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Bleach: The Blade of Fate
Bleach The Blade of Fate cover.png
Box art
Viz Media
Shonen Jump
Composer(s)Norio Hanzawa
Platform(s)Nintendo DS
  • JP: January 26, 2006
  • NA: October 9, 2007
  • AU: February 28, 2008
  • EU: February 29, 2008
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Bleach: The Blade of Fate[1][a] is a 2D fighting game that features the cast of characters from the Bleach anime and manga. The game features Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection, allowing players to connect and play against players all over the world. The game modes include story mode, arcade mode, VS mode, training mode, challenge mode, and survival mode, time attack mode and Urahara shop. The game's theme song is "Ichirin no Hana" by High and Mighty Color.


Bleach: The Blade of Fate follows Ichigo Kurosaki on his quest to save a Soul Reaper named Rukia Kuchiki, who is scheduled for execution for giving Ichigo her Soul Reaper powers so he could save his family from a Hollow. The story modes for each character vary and an additional 22 episodes can be unlocked upon completing the new unlocked episodes after Rescue Rukia. A 23rd episode more accurately details the Soul Society arc beginning with Ichigo's fight against Ganju Shiba and ending with Sōsuke Aizen's betrayal.


Battles in Bleach are between two and four characters in any combination of teams and enemies. Both ally and enemy characters can either be AI-controlled, or controlled by other players via Nintendo WFC or DS Wireless Communications. Like Treasure's earlier anime fighting game, Yū Yū Hakusho Makyō Tōitsusen, the game features two planes that players can jump between, accommodating up to four players. The fighting in Bleach is controlled through a combination of the D-pad, the A, X, B and Y buttons and the touch screen. The D-pad is used for moving the character, the A, X, Y and B buttons are used to attack using a light, medium or heavy attack or initiate a flash step and the touch screen is used to initiate special attacks, RF moves and use special status affecting cards.

The gameplay in The Blade of Fate remains mostly unchanged from the Japanese version apart from several fixed balance issues. The most notable addition is an "anti-air" system; attacks coming from the ground cannot be blocked in the air, which alters the gameplay significantly. It allows attack opportunities and traps not possible in the original game.


Aggregate score
Review scores
(C+A) 30/40[6]
GameSpy4/5 stars[8]
Nintendo Life9/10 stars[11]
Nintendo Power8.5/10[12]

The game received "favorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[2] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of three eights and one seven for a total of 31 out of 40, while Famitsu Cube + Advance gave it a score of two eights and two sevens for a total of 30 out of 40.[6]

The game was also awarded Best Fighting Game of 2007 by IGN.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Known in Japan as Bleach DS Sōten ni Kakeru Unmei (Japanese: BLEACH DS 蒼天に駆ける運命, lit. Bleach DS: A Fate Running into the Blue Sky)


  1. ^ Magrino, Tom (July 6, 2007). "Bleach brightening DS, Wii this fall". GameSpot. Archived from the original on July 9, 2007. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Bleach: The Blade of Fate for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  3. ^ Li, Richard (November 20, 2007). "Bleach: The Blade of Fate". Archived from the original on June 15, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  4. ^ Edge staff (April 2006). "Bleach DS: Sōten ni Kakeru Unmei". Edge (161): 94.
  5. ^ Lyon, James (April 9, 2008). "DS Roundup (Page 4; Bleach: [The] Blade of Fate)". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Gantayat, Anoop (January 31, 2006). "Now Playing in Japan". IGN. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  7. ^ Provo, Frank (December 11, 2007). "Bleach: The Blade of Fate Review". GameSpot. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  8. ^ Dormer, Dan (November 2, 2007). "GameSpy: Bleach: The Blade of Fate". GameSpy. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  9. ^ Romano, Natalie (October 18, 2007). "Bleach: The Blade of Fate - NDS - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on January 1, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  10. ^ Bozon, Mark (October 8, 2007). "Bleach: The Blade of Fate Review". IGN. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  11. ^ McFerran, Damien (March 7, 2008). "Review: Bleach: [The] Blade of Fate". Nintendo Life. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  12. ^ "Bleach: The Blade of Fate". Nintendo Power. 222: 81. December 2007.
  13. ^ "Best of 2007: Best Fighting Game (DS)". IGN. Archived from the original on December 25, 2007. Retrieved April 5, 2016.

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