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Yuusha and Bleach will have simultaneous PSN and UMD release

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When the quirky Japan-only title Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida or2 is released later this year, gamers in the land of the rising sun will get the choice between a digital download and a traditional UMD release. Both versions will be released simultaneously on October 16th. However, the PSN download will be 2,800 yen (about $25) while the hard copy will be 3,980 yen (about $36). Check out the latest trailer for Yuusha above, which unveils, amongst other things, a Demon Room mode, where you manage your dungeon without the interruption of pesky heroes.

Bleach Soul Carnival will apparently be receiving the same treatment. 3,800 yen (about $35) for the download and 4,743 yen (about $43) for the UMD, both with a release date of October 23rd. What do you guys think about this? The Japanese have been slow to adopt digital downloads. Are the significantly lower price points for these high-profile releases Sony's incentive for gamers to accept this new distribution method?

Finally, more footage of Bleach: Soul Carnival

Sony's been keeping their upcoming PSP-exclusive chibi Bleach game under wraps for quite some time. A trailer hidden in the last Heat the Soul game revealed this upcoming 2D action title, but little has been seen since then. Well, a new Japanese ad is ready to introduce the game to the masses. The game, which will be available in Japan in October, will undoubtedly tear up the sales charts like every other major PSP release these days.

Bleach: Soul Carnival gets October release in Japan

PSP sure does have a ton of Bleach games. At least, in Japan. The upcoming Soul Carnival takes Bleach in a whole new direction. It ditches the 3D fighting of the Heat the Soul series, and replaces it with new chibi-infused 2D platforming action. This brand new PSP exclusive will hit Japan this October ... while the rest of the world sits and waits for any PSP Bleach game to release.

The first trailer is re-posted, after the cut.

[Via PSPHyper]

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No escape from these new Bleach: Heat the Soul 5 clips

For some reason, Bleach: Heat the Soul isn't on schedule for a US release. Too bad, because these new gameplay clips from the latest game in the franchise (they're up to #5 now) look pretty solid. Fighting games are few and far on our handheld -- we'd love to see something other than Naruto on the horizon. Perhaps, someone, somewhere, will head our pleas for a US release of any of the Heat the Soul games. Onegai? Until then, we're simply going to have to import the games.

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Bleach: Soul Carnival trailer hidden in Heat the Soul 5

A trailer for an unannounced PSP Bleach game was hidden away in the latest handheld brawler, Heat the Soul 5. As seen by the video, this chibi 2D game is a strong departure for the franchise. This teaser is admittedly short, but we're pretty sure that Sony Japan will release more details shortly.

(And, when are we ever going to see a Bleach PSP game in the US? Please?)

Bleach: Heat the Soul 5 downloadable demo

BANKAI!!! Heat the Soul 5, the latest addition to the PSP-exclusive Bleach fighting series, is available for trial in this downloadable demo. None of the Heat the Soul games have been announced for US release, so this is the only way to try the game before importing it.

1. Download the demo zip file.
2. Extract the contents of the zip file.
3. Connect your PSP to your computer using a USB cable.
4. Go to the PSP/GAME folder.
5. Copy NPJG90020 folder into the GAME directory. Make sure there are no sub-directories in this folder.

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Super-exciting Bleach: Heat the Soul 5 trailer!!!!!

We love Japanese game trailers. Especially anime ones. This overly enthusiastic commercial includes one of the most energetic Ichigo performances we've ever heard. Maybe he's really psyched about this upcoming PSP brawler? Heat the Soul 5 somehow manages to extend the series to its fifth iteration (in the course of three years!) -- introducing new characters and fighting elements to the mix. With the current popularity of Bleach in the States, you'd think at least one of these PSP-exclusive fighting games would cross the Pacific. Right?

Bleach: Heat the Soul 5 screens show off tag battles

Some fantastic screenshots of the upcoming Bleach: Heat the Soul 5 have wound up on the interwebs today, courtesy of Game Watch. The freshly picked screenies depict the all new two-on-two tag gameplay at work.

It looks like the tag action will be the core of the gameplay as choosing the right type of tag team will determine special moves and the like. There are three different styles of tag teams: offensive, defensive, and technical. So far only 30 characters have been revealed out of a planned 42. A bit of a step down from Bleach 4's 51-strong roster, but who knows if any more hidden characters will pop up.

Currently, Bleach: Heat the Soul 5 is set for release in Japan on May 15th. Bleach 5 looks to be the biggest Heat the Soul title so far. Could it be the first one to cross over the Pacific and into North America?

More characters revealed for Bleach Heat the Soul 5

The Heat the Soul series continues to expand, as the cast of the popular Bleach series grows. The latest iteration of this PSP-exclusive (and currently import-only) brawler adds a few more familiar faces for series' fans. Hollow Ichigo (pictured, right) as does Renji, Ishida and a few more faces. To check out the recent additions to the line-up, visit the Japanese official page now.

Bleach: Heat the Soul 5 website opens

Strangely, America has yet to experience the popular PSP-exclusive Bleach brawler, Heat the Soul. The franchise is already getting its fifth iteration in Japan, promising even more characters and gameplay modes than ever before. The site includes a few images from the game, and reveals the very first characters that'll join this latest outing. Unsurprisingly, Ichigo, Rukia, and Hitsugaya are confirmed characters. However, Cifer also joins the ranks in this new adventure. We can't wait to see what other characters are added to this please-bring-it-to-America fighting game.

Sony unveils Bleach: Heat the Soul 5

Sony's semi-annual update of the PSP-exclusive Heat the Soul series continues as they've announced Heat the Soul 5. We're huge Bleach fans (don't look for my cosplay of Ichigo, please), but even we think it's a bit much to announce five games from one franchise in such little time. Supposedly, this iteration will feature the most updates, but the games are pretty good as-is ... what else can they possibly add? A better question to ask may also be: when will a Bleach PSP game arrive to the States?

[Update: Scan available on Jeux-France.]

Bleach gameplay reminds us: it's not coming out

We get a few emails once in a while asking us if Bleach: Heat the Soul is coming out to American or Europe. Unfortunately folks, it doesn't look to be happening yet. While Japan enjoys the fourth Heat the Soul game, we're left empty-handed. It took a couple of years for the manga to cross over, and then a few more for the anime series to make it big. Now that the franchise is finally carrying some serious clout, we're hopeful that the games will make their inevitable way to the States. Until then, let's just watch this footage of Heat the Soul 4. Impatient gamers, of course, will be tempted to simply import the title.

Bleach: Heat the Soul 4 hits Japan with new CM

The PSP sure has had a lot of Bleach. Not that we're complaining. We haven't been following the series too closely recently, making all the new characters in the latest game unfamiliar to us. With over 37 playable characters and 22 partner characters in the game (so far), we're expecting this latest PSP effort to take Japan by storm.

Expect more as we inch towards the import release in May.

Saturday PSP background explosion

Every week we give you new backgrounds for your PSP. If your a background groupie or haven't changed your background in a while, that's why we're here. This week we have backgrounds based on Final Fantasy, a PS1 series I want a new game from and of course a background based on another anime I love.

Backgrounds after the jump ...

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Bleach: Heat the Soul 4's battle system

If you've never imported one of the Bleach fighting games you're missing out one of the best fighters on the PSP. Being a fan of both the anime and the game series, I was happy to see that more info has come out about Bleach: Heat the Soul 4 from the official site. Finally there will be playable Vizards. The battle system is upgraded and supposed to have a new component called 'Soul Blaze'. The creators say the game is based on the manga, not the anime which may explain some of the visual choices.
Lastly, here are the confirmed characters so far:
  • Ichigo Kurosaki
  • Shuhei Hisagi
  • Ulquiorra
  • Ikkaku Madarame
  • Yumichika Ayasegawa
  • Grimmjow Jaggerjack
  • Hirako Shinji
  • Hiyori Sarugaki
The game is due out 5/24 in Japan.
[Via DCEmu]

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