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In 2002, Turkish-based developer Vivid Image released this weapon based Fighting Game for the Game Boy Advance. A summary from the other wiki states: "Dual Blades is a fighting video game published by Metro3D, Inc. for the Game Boy Advance. It is a fighting game with single player and player versus player modes. It features a "power combining system" which was very new for the genre at that time. This system allows players to create their own fighting style. Characters include ninjas, knights, and American adventurers, an Ottoman warrior named Efe and Nagasapa, an innocent-looking old lady who is in fact a Khazak sorceress."

In 2013, a sequel titled "Slashers the Power Battle" was released as an Indie Game for Windows PCs, Android, and, in the following years, OUYA and iOS. It was made by Stun Games, the successor entity to Vivid Image, and was also published by KISS Ltd. In addition to all the characters from the original game, a new character, Mirei Ozawa, was also included. A link to Stun Games website is provided here.

In 2020, a third game, "Dual Souls: The Last Bearer", for mobile devices and Steam was released.

Not to be confused with the trope of Dual Wielding.


This game features the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Two of the fighters on the roster are females, those being Kanae Ozawa and Nagasapa. Slashers: The Power Battle added a third with the kunoichi Mirei Ozawa.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Basically these games are an equivalent to SNK's Samurai Shodown series though set in Europe and the Middle East instead of Japan.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Rungard's likes include "His dreams of Hell built on the world" and dislikes are "Love and harmony". Shin isn't much better given his respective likes and dislikes are "taking lives" and "Things that don’t scream while being killed".
  • Continuity Reboot: Dual Souls is acknowledged to be a reboot of the series
  • Defeat Means Playable: Alperen can be unlocked by beating him on hard difficulty.
  • Final Boss: Alperen serves as the final opponent in both Dual Blades and Slashers.
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  • Finishing Move: Of which they are done in Dual Blades in a manner similar to those in Samurai Shodown IV. Many of these take the form of a Diagonal Cut in which the defeated opponent's body would slide in half after the cut. Slashers also has these same finishers, but are Bowdlerized in which the final frame when a finishing move happens will switch to black and white with the word "SLASH" appearing (of which the word is also sliding from a diagonal cut).
  • Immortality Inducer: The eponymous Dual Blades that are the prize for Alperen's tournament grant its wielder immortality.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Both Rungard and Nagasapa use magic in battle.
  • Parts Unknown: Zigzagged across the roster. While some characters have specific origins in either the Ottoman Empire (Efe and Alperen), Japan (the Ozawa sisters), the Kazakh Khanate (Nagasapa), or the United States (Brandon O'Brien), some are never given a specific origin. Those latter are Shin (somewhere in eastern Asia), Duke Andre (somewhere in Europe), and Rungard ("Middle Europe"). Then there is one, Jaman, who is among a race of beings known as Bloodkin.
  • Powers That Be: Zishin, introduced in Slashers appears to be this and is connected to the Dual Blades in some way. From Alperen's bio "Zishin is an intelligent and mysterious being whose exact motivations are unknown."
  • Sibling Rivalry: In the sequel Slashers: The Power Battle, the Ozawa sisters are now established to be in a intra-family feud. Kanae is a swordswoman who is one of the last surviving members of her family who were killed by a clan of Ninjas which she seeks to destroy. Her sister, Mirei, was abducted by those very same ninjas and raised to believe that the Ozawas had supposedly committed an evil for which their extermination was justified. While Kanae does not wish to kill her sister, she doesn't hesitate to fight and incapacitate her if need be.
  • Stance System: Dual Blades and Slashers has a version of this called the "power combining system" that is similar to the Samurai Shodown series' Slash/Bust system, which is rather fitting given the inspiration for these games.
  • Thanatos Gambit: Alpheren, a warrior made immortal via the eponymous Dual Blades, seeking for an end to his life after living for 2000+ years has made him miserable is what puts the Excuse Plot in motion.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Brandon and, to a lesser degree, Rungard.