Blade Strangers Is an Indie Fighter Featuring Characters From Cave Story, Umihara Kawase

Blade Strangers Is an Indie Fighter Featuring Characters From Cave Story, Umihara Kawase

A J-Stars Victory VS for the obscure Japanese game crowd.

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The Nintendo Switch is not starved for fighters. Between the port of Waku Waku 7, the recent release of Ultra Street Fighter II, and the upcoming Nintendo original Arms, the Switch is quickly turning into a surprising home for a healthy amount of fighting games. And now there's a new fighter joining its ever-growing roster: a little independent fighting game from Japan called Blade Strangers.

Blade Strangers is a crossover fighting game coming to the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and PC. According to reports from Gematsu, an Xbox One version is "to be determined." Similar to how J-Stars Victory VS. grabs characters from dozens of popular manga series across Japan, from Yu Yu Hakusho to Assassination Classroom, Blade Strangers plucks obscure Japanese game characters from the works of Studio Saizensen and Nicalis. The currently announced roster for Blade Strangers induces eyebrow raising: with Curly from Cave Story, Solange from Code of Princess, Kawase from everyone's favorite fish-hook grabbling platformer Umihara Kawase, plus more.

The game was revealed during an E3-themed Twitch stream, as a 2D fighter in development from Studio Saizensen. The game has frenetic 2D animation, but won't require massively complicated inputs and knowledge, as is the case for most modern fighting games. Blade Strangers instead is opting for a simpler, more accessible fighting game experience for players, similar to the casual approach to Smash Bros.

The game looks very Guilty Gear-esque in motion, with a 3D-like fluidity to its 2D characters. The backgrounds are fully-3D, with "2D" characters. The characters, initially, were designed as 3D before being turned into 2D sprites. Nintendo Everything archived the Twitch stream's game reveal, which you can watch below.

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Caty McCarthy

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Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's official altgame enthusiast.

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