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Two More Inazuma Eleven GO Titles Confirmed for Japan

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Out of this world

European gamers have become used to slow and steady localisations of Level-5's Inazuma Eleven games, with the lengthy process meaning the region is well behind Japan; football / soccer fans in North America have unfortunately been entirely left out of the franchise. It seems a pity, especially as the main entries are typically full-blooded, well-developed and enjoyable titles.

As an action RPG series it's had a prominent focus on story-telling, which led to Level-5 creating the GO spin-off franchise, which features different main characters in a setting 10 years after Inazuma Eleven 3. This alternative line is going to get its third entry in Japan, Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy, which will come in two flavours — Big Bang and Super Nova. As the name suggests, this one leaves Earth, with a spaceship traveling 188,000 light years to tell the team it has to win the Grand Celesta Galaxy tournament to avoid the obliteration of our home planet. This storyline is certainly suitable for those that like to treat their sport like defeat is the end of the world.

Both versions are due to arrive on 3DS in Japan this Winter, and hopefully in the West within the next 188,000 years.

[via siliconera.com]

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User Comments (21)

Windy

#1

Windy said:

Maybe they would localise a copy For North America now in the Eshop so they could cut out the manufacturing costs for these new versions. Lets hope so :)

BakaKnight

#2

BakaKnight said:

And I thought the third Go game would have been another world championship, instead there will be a Galaxy Championship :)

I would say I'm hyped about the news, but better to keep the excitement in store since it's gonna take a while before see this in Europe (I find the "withing 188,000 years" prediction almost optimistic XP).

ricklongo

#3

ricklongo said:

Man, I want to give this series a go SO badly. Why do you hate us Latin Americans, Nintendo? WHY?!?

WiiLovePeace

#4

WiiLovePeace said:

Lucky! I look forward to the Inazuma GO series of games eventually when Nintendo of Europe bring them over. Loved the other Inazuma portable games, thanks heaps for translating them Nintendo!! :D

ShanaUnite

#5

ShanaUnite said:

European release date is 2016-2017 and it will probably not even be released on the 3ds here. Its a great game series but thats a long wait >.<

Peach64

#6

Peach64 said:

I'm staggered Nintendo Europe don't push these more. The creators of Professor Layton + Football and on top it's actually really good. Most people don't even know it exists though.

Expa0

#8

Expa0 said:

Meh. I played the first one and it was a below average experience,

Melkaticox

#9

Melkaticox said:

@ricklongo Considering how famous football is here, and considering how successful "Super Once"'s been here...Nintendo's missing a great opportunity.
Think it's not going to sell in the US? No problem, make it a latam exclusive or something.

Peach64

#10

Peach64 said:

FIFA 13 was the 10th best selling game in the US last year, (it was only released in October), so I'm not sure the 'soccer doesn't sell' thing still holds true in North America.

element187

#11

element187 said:

"football / soccer fans in North America have unfortunately been entirely left out of the franchise."

I don't think our friends across the pond appreciate how little, we 'Murikans, watch or play soccer (football).... Its popular in the 4 to 8 year old age bracket and then it disappears completely from view in place of Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, Tennis, Golf, Volleyball and American Football....In fact Curling might even be more popular here in America than soccer.

element187

#12

element187 said:

@Peach64 You forget thats not US sales, thats North American sales... there is two very large countries in North America that are crazy about soccer. Canada and Mexico. As far as the US goes, soccer is extremely unpopular. In fact i ran into more fans of badminton here in the states than I have soccer fans.

machomuu

#15

machomuu said:

@element187 I agree with coolvw93. While it may not be as popular as it is in Latin America, and while it may not be as popular as Football here, Soccer is still a very popular sport in the US.
Then you have to consider that you don't have to like Soccer/Football to like Inazuma Eleven. I don't like Soccer, and yet Inazuma Eleven 2 is one of my favorite games on the DS.

Peach64

#16

Peach64 said:

I find it pretty hard to believe curling or badminton are more popular. The MLS has the 3rd highest attendance figures for live sport in the US behind NFL and baseball with teams like Seattle averaging over 40,000 a home game. All the big European teams squeeze in summer tours to the US to boost their shirt sales and sell out stadiums.

Daggo

#18

Daggo said:

@Melkaticox
They should do as Namco Bandai does with Saint Seiya games, dedicating its release to a Spanish version for Latin America and a Portuguese version for Brazil...

But I think it's already late, dubbing of the anime stopped, popularity is fading and there are already six games not counting different editions :P

Right now the only way to play the games is to import either a Japanese 3DS or a European 3DS. That or hope region-lock is lifted.

Quite sad (and expensive) workarounds considering how fun is Inazuma Eleven games.

element187

#19

element187 said:

@coolvw93 Soccer is very popular with Soccer moms and their kids, of course... In fact I played quite a bit growing up, but the sport just disappears around high school... every few years I might run into 1 person that is crazy about it, but its not often, and I spend a lot of my time in sports bars.

coolvw93

#21

coolvw93 said:

@element187 Yes you have a point about kids, but this may just depend on region because where I'm at right now, soccer is big elementary through high school. I remember the town representing the team through the season. More kids play soccer there then any other sport, and more show for the games than any other sport as well. The college I attend is very soccer focused as well. I'm just saying that Badminton over Soccer in the US is....... something I didn't think was possible. I know its not the top sport, but its not the lowest either.

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