SEGA of America, Inc. today announced that BLEACH: The 3rd Phantom for Nintendo DS has shipped to retailers in North America. BLEACH: The 3rd Phantom delivers an authentic anime experience with a deep story and tactical RPG gameplay. The game features a cast of over 50 characters and is voiced by the actors from VIZ Media’s award-winning BLEACH animated series. BLEACH: The 3rd Phantom is rated T for Teen.
In BLEACH: The 3rd Phantom new details are revealed about the BLEACH universe stemming from before the start of the anime series. This original storyline highlights the close partnership between two fraternal twin Soul Reapers, Matsuri Kudo and her brother Fujimaru. For the first time, players can create and command their own team of eight Soul Reapers. In team-based battles, players decide where to place their team on the campaign map and also how to customize their character’s powers with the experience points they received through winning battles. With exciting revelations and a lot more choice and strategy, BLEACH: The 3rd Phantom will thrill both RPG and BLEACH fans.
In BLEACH: The 3rd Phantom players can choose what skills and abilities they want their team of Soul Reapers to have. Experience is gained during each battle and from there players can choose what and how they want their characters to level up. When players engage in combat, the DS screen changes perspective and displays a perspective reminiscent of the BLEACH DS fighting games. In this view, players can watch characters engage in battle with beautifully stylized animation that looks stunningly close to the anime. Once players complete the single player campaign, a new mode called “BLEACH Tower” is unlocked. Gamers can then continue leveling up their party as well as unlock special characters and team up Soul Reapers, Hollows and Arrancar on the same side.