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TGS 08 hands-on: Bleach Soul Carnival


There are probably two questions our readers are most likely to have about Bleach: Soul Carnival, PSP's upcoming 2D chibi-reworking of the popular Shonen Jump series. First: is it good? Second: will it come out to the States? In spite of a strong following in the States (and a slew of other Bleach titles on the Wii and DS), it doesn't appear as if there are any plans on bringing any of Sony's Bleach games out of Japan. And that's a shame, really. Soul Carnival looks to be a worthwhile addition to the PSP lineup.

The Heat the Soul series on PSP were met with fan excitement, thanks to their diverse rosters and impressive graphics. However, with five iterations in less than five years, it was clear that Sony had milked that franchise a bit too much. With Soul Carnival, the Bleach series moves away from being a serious fighter, to a cute 2D sidescrolling brawler.

Well, we approve of the transformation. While the chibi Bleach characters will be love/hate amongst series fans, we have to say that these new cute interpretations of series favs looks rather charming on the PSP's small screen. They style works very well with the gameplay as well. The intuitive beat-em-up controls make the game instantly accessible -- an aspect crucial in good portable games design.

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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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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?)



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