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.
The first trailer is re-posted, after the cut.
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.
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?)
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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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?
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?
[Update: Scan available on Jeux-France.]
Every week, PSP Fanboy brings you new backgrounds to rejuvenate the look of your PSP. Remember, you can save these images directly to your PSP by accessing the site wireless at m.pspfanboy.com. We're finally caught up on our background requests, so if you want a background, now is the time to request it. If you already requested a background and it hasn't appeared, check the archive. It may have been created previously. Keep reading to see what backgrounds hit this week.
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Q: Are there any PSP websites that let you download movies onto the PSP that you don't have to pay for?
A: Have you checked out PSP Fanboy Theatre? The newest edition features "Night of the Living Dead," a film that is now part of the license-free public domain. Check out the Internet Archive and download films from there. If you're asking for something more illegal than that, sorry -- we can't help you.
Q: Is Bleach 4 coming out outside of Japan for PSP?
A: The Heat the Soul series has been quite popular in Japan. However, there are no plans to release it outside of Japan. The original PSP games are published by Sony, but the series is owned by Viz. So, if it ever does leave the country, will it be published by Sony? Or by Viz? Or by Namco Bandai, who traditionally publishes anime-based titles, such as Naruto? There are a lot of complications to deal with in regards to licensing, but we're confident that as the series continues to get more popular, an American release will not be far off (and then a European release to follow afterwards).
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.
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.