The Inazuma Eleven series is still relatively unknown outside of Japan. The first two DS titles have arrived in Europe, though only after a fair bit of waiting, while the third for the system, the series debut on 3DS and two Wii spin-offs are yet to arrive outside of Nintendo's homeland. We can safely assume, due to the volume of sequels and follow-ups in the franchise, that Japanese gamers have plenty of appetite for these over-the-top sports RPG titles.
We did rather enjoy the second DS entry in our Inazuma Eleven 2 Firestorm review, as the quest to save the world by playing football/soccer was full of charm. Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino, however, has curiously tweeted the following.
If there was an Inazuma Eleven MMORPG, would you play it?
The concept of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on Inazuma Eleven is interesting and, technically, a good fit. You could manage your team, meet others for matches, trade power-ups and items and more, though it could also be drab, clumsy and convoluted.
What do you think? Would Inazuma Eleven, or any other DS JRPG titles that you know and love, work well as MMORPGs?