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Nintendo Pocket Football Club Tournament & SpotPass Distribution Schedules Released, Add-On Content Detailed

Posted by Liam Doolan

Train with aliens, play a friendly against Spain or compete in a tournament

Supporters of the newly released 3DS eShop title Nintendo Pocket Football Club will be pleased to discover the official website has recently been updated to include European rankings, tournament and SpotPass distribution schedules, as well as add-on content details.

Although European and national rankings were already up and running since the football management sim’s release last week, according to an announcement delivered via Nintendo’s UK and European Twitter accounts, players are now able to view upcoming match and event schedules, and a full list of the game's DLC as well.

If you’ve been eager to play some of the biggest national teams in the world with your pocket-sized club, now is the chance. From 2nd May to 21st July, amateur managers will be able to test their side against the likes of Spain, England, Germany and France. To participate, players will need to have SpotPass enabled in the game’s Airport. Once a team has been received, you’ll be able to play a friendly against them in the Match Offers section of the Stadium – provided you don’t have an upcoming league fixture. The upcoming national encounters are listed below:

  • Spain — Available 02/05/2014 14:00 UK time until 09/05/2014 13:59 UK time.
  • Italy — Available 09/05/2014 14:00 UK time until 16/05/2014 13:59 UK time.
  • Germany — Available 02/06/2014 14:00 UK time until 09/06/2014 13:59 UK time.
  • France — Available 13/06/2014 14:00 UK time until 20/06/2014 13:59 UK time.
  • England — Available 07/07/2014 14:00 UK time until 14/07/2014 13:59 UK time.
  • Holland — Available 14/07/2014 14:00 UK time until 21/07/2014 13:59 UK time.

Adding to these international friendlies are two tournament announcements. The first is the Welcome Cup, kicking-off on 16th May, and the second is the International Cup, beginning on 20th June. To participate, players will need to make sure SpotPass is enabled via the Airport. All tournaments have different conditions for entry, such as certain single player league requirements and a qualifying entry match. After these requirements have been fulfilled, you'll be able to compete against other eligible mangers to raise your club's tournament ranking.

Welcome Cup 16/05/2014 14:00 UK time until 01/06/2014 22:59 UK time. Warm up with this opening tournament – anybody can join!
International Cup 20/06/2014 14:00 UK time until 06/07/2014 22:59 UK time. Compete with managers across Europe – anybody can join!

Alongside the SpotPass announcements, Nintendo has also created a page listing full details of the game’s paid add-on content. If you’re in need of a helping hand, add-on content teams are available to train against for a small price. Players from certain teams will also even offer to join your squad on occasion. There are two types of add-on content: Focused Training Teams for £1.39 each, and Challenge Teams for £2.29 each.

Focused Training Teams patch weak areas in your own team and provide much-needed training cards, whilst Challenge Teams allow players to see a "whole new side of the beautiful game." With a total of nine teams on offer, a few of the more interesting sides include Galactic V, comprised of just five extra-terrestrial players, and Copy Cats FC – a club of clones.

Let us know in the comments if you’ll be participating against any of the above-mentioned national sides, competing in either – or both – of the upcoming tournaments, or purchasing any of the game’s add-on content to get the edge on the competition. Also feel free to share any of your own Nintendo Pocket Football Club managerial advice, some of us need it.


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Emblem said:

This game looks like fun but I dislike football IRL so im not sure I'd enjoy it as much. I loved Mario strikers though and I hope they make another one.



OorWullie said:

I don't have any complaints about the DLC Nintendo has released up until now but the 'Focused Training Teams' sounds just like 'pay to win'.

Do the International teams include real player names?



andrea987 said:

If I understood it correctly, tournaments are not 'paid DLC', are free for everyone. And the extra DLC available is just a way to get more training cards, which you get anyway whenever you play single or online, it just require a little more time. It's definitely NOT a 'pay to win' case, lol



Super_Conzo said:

These tournaments sound like a blast! Would love to know what League level you are required to be at to qualify. Even the official website is unclear.



invmat said:

How many times should I say this? Holland is not the same as The Netherlands.



Shiryu said:

Really enjoy the game, but I don't think paid DLC will work for me. I will just be patient and keep training.



PinkSpider said:

This game seems really interesting but I am not a fan of football, if this was a fantasy RPG, and instead of football it was battles I would be sold.



King_Johobo said:

I was thinking of getting this game but i'm in Australia not the UK so would I be able to participate in the tournaments?



Anguspuss said:

I pre ordered it have my code. But on holiday cant wait for Sunday & getting some footy going.



MeddlingIdiot said:

This game makes me kinda wish I was into football, those spotpass features look like a lot of fun.



Liam_Doolan said:

@King_Johobo Us Aussies (& New Zealand) should have access to all of these things as we're listed under the Euro release, and are even included within the European rankings.

@Ralek85 I think Nintendo are crazy if they don't release this game in America leading into the 2014 World Cup - especially now that it's localised, as you already mentioned. From what I read, the MLS is also doing pretty well over there, so I'm fairly sure many American Soccer fans wouldn't mind getting in on the action.



Great_Gonzalez said:

I was enjoying this game till I got into the top league and all my players were on the decline big time I had to let a few go and try to build a new team well I got absolutely spanked and relegated and still struggling to get my new team up to scratch! It is a really good challenge Up the Arcadia FC!



BenAV said:

That's pretty cool.
I look forward to giving the tournaments a go.
Currently still just trying to get a good team all-round, while holding the top spot online for as long as I can.



Agent721 said:

I wished there was a US version! And a Wii U version at that. It's a world cup year & what footie games does the Wii U have? Raymen Legends little soccer game? This is a FAIL. In fact, the entire sports genre is a giant fail...good luck getting teen age boys aboard the Wii U.



unrandomsam said:

@DadOfFour1972 Its the trend. Think about if a Link Between Worlds everything cost twice as much rupees and then it had an upgrade to get it back to normal.

(Or the recent Tales of Phantasia - iOS for how about as bad as it can get).

That is the way things seem to be going. (This is the equivalent to what used to be playing on easy. It shouldn't be a chargeable thing).



andrea987 said:

@unrandomsam It still doesn't make it a 'pay to win'. You can win like everyone else just putting more skills and time in it. Getting more of your money's worth, accidentally. I'm enjoying the game and winning even though I haven't (and don't plan to) bought any DLC for it.
Having said that, I still despise DLC, generally, and I don't think they should have included it in this game, it's not a worthy addition imho.



unrandomsam said:

@andrea987 Anything where spending money allows you to win more quickly is still pay to win. The mobile examples you can theoretically win without paying if you place no value on your time.



WYLD-WOO said:

@andrea987 @DadOfFour1972
Hello guys,
Don`t bother wasting ur time on replying to unrandomsam. He leaves negitive comments about pretty much anything on here. However, over the years they have always made me smile.

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