Blade Strangers is a 2D fighting game by Studio Sanzensen released for the Nintendo Switch. The game is a more simplified fighting with straightforward inputs. The game crosses over various Studio Sanzensen characters with notable indie characters like Shovel Knight and Isaac from The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth.


The main gameplay is a straightforward 2D fighter. The players use simple inputs of the directionals and the face buttons, somewhat similar to the Super Smash Bros. series. The players also have a super meter which can be used to enhance special moves or perform a super. Like other fighting games, the meter is built by dealing or receiving damage. There is also a "Heat Up!" mechanic when the player is low in health. While activated, the player has increased attack speed and preventing the opponent from interrupting the player's attacks.

On top of the multiplayer, there is a story mode, an arcade mode, a survival mode and a challenge mode. The story mode has the player's character go through an interdimensional ladder with some conversation inbetween the characters before facing against the final boss, Lina.


Each character has a stage based on their game of origin.

Character Game of Origin
Ali Code of Princess
Curly Brace Cave Story
Emiko Umihara Kawase
Gunvolt Azure Striker Gunvolt
Isaac The Binding of Isaac
Kawase Umihara Kawase
Liongate Code of Princess
Master T Code of Princess
Noko Umihara Kawase
Quote Cave Story
Shovel Knight Shovel Knight
Solange Code of Princess
Helen Original
Lina Original



Blade Strangers received "generally favorable" reviews on Metacritic holding a metascore of 75/100 on Metacritic based on 16 critic reviews.[1] On, it receives an aggregate score (playscore) of 7.93.[2]


  1. Metascore for Blade Strangers, Metacritic, Retrieved March 25, 2020
  2. playscore for Blade Strangers,, Retrieved March 25, 2020
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