The recent release of Inazuma Eleven on the North American 3DS eShop got many UK gamers wondering if they'd also get to see an updated edition of the Nintendo DS classic on their machines.
However, Level-5 has issued a statement explaining why this new [EDIT: English language] version of the game will remain exclusive to the US:
Thank you for your interest in INAZUMA ELEVEN. We regret to inform you that LEVEL-5 International America, Inc. has no plans to release the Nintendo 3DS™ eShop version of INAZUMA ELEVEN in the UK regions. While this was a challenging decision, it was deemed unsuitable to release a game with American English voice acting in a territory in which the franchise has been so firmly established with the British English voice cast and downloadable game size constraints prevented us from including both English voice options. While we understand your disappointment, please know that this does not set a precedent for future releases. We at LEVEL-5 International America want to release our games to as wide an audience as possible and we continue to strive towards that goal.
We are truly sorry for the inconvenience and we thank you for your continued support.
If you want to play the first game, you'll have to track down a physical copy of the DS original. If you're in the UK, are you disappointed by this news? Let us know with a comment.
Mmm... I think it is available in Spain.
I really don't get the fuss. You can get the DS game for £8 new on Amazon and it plays in your 3DS.
I don't mind, I've already got the DS version.
It's not exclusive to the US. It's available in all of Europe EXCEPT the UK, plus the download includes even almost all of the regional localisations and dubs. As far as I know, the only one missing is the German one, but you can still download the game from the German eShop and play it in (American) English... or French, or Italian if that's what you prefer. Maybe they just should have released the game with different language options, depending on the eShop you download it from, like it's done with many other eShop-releases.
Hey Damo, "outside of the US" does not equal "in the United Kingdom". It's not going to be released in the UK, but it's certainly not exclusive to the US as it has already been released in mainland Europe.
@KeeperBvK To clarify, I was talking about the English language version of the game, which features newly-recorded dialogue by American voice actors. I guess the sticking point here is that previous instalments in the series have had UK voice actors, and Level-5 didn't want to confuse established fans.
I was almost going to set my 3DS up with a NNID from the UK so I wouldn't be stuck with Australia's crappy eShop, but kind of glad I didn't now because it would have been a shame to miss out on this.
Is the sound and graphics upgraded from the original or is it just a straight port?
It's available in English here in Australia, so the 'English language' version isn't exactly US exclusive, but I guess just nobody cares about us.
It's available in English in mainland Europe as well, but I guess people who don't speak English as a first language also just don't count, lol.
It's not really upgraded. It's upscaled and in widescreen, to fit the screens of the 3DS and there are some (very few) other minor changes, nothing spectacular though. All the changes which were made to the original game when it was first released in Europe are also missing from this version, which is a big minus in my book.
@Bluezealand Did you read the statement by Level-5? The reason they haven't released it is because the franchise is established in the UK and fans are already familiar with the UK voice actors. The new eShop version has new US voice actors.
Yes, I know, but the new English version with US voice actors is still not US exclusive, as it was released in mainland Europe as well. Besides Level-5's argument is really stupid. Why did they release the game in Europe at all with the new voice actors? No one in Europe needs an US dub/ localisation. They could have included just the UK version and everyone would be happy. Also, they had no problem to release the eShop version of the game in Germany, where we are used to the German voice actors (+language) without German as language option (though there is French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese) and without any warning for those, who don't know English. So it's not only different voice actors, it's a different language, but there was apparently no problem. It's ridiculous.
@Damo I think people are referring to the line about the new English language dub version being exclusive to the US. From the sound of the comments that new dub is in the Australia and European versions. It does sound like a bit of a quickly thought up excuse by someone at Level 5's US branch.
I had the pleasure of reviewing this game for a Danish Nintendo site, and with no past experience with the series I took my time to read up on the different releases.
The new eShop version is based on the one in the Japanese retail collection Inazuma Eleven 1,2,3!, but the DS version released in Europe was build upon the interface from the original Inazuma Eleven 2, and thus was different from the Japanese version in it's content. The European DS version of Inazuma Eleven has an extra tournament to participate in after finishing the main game, and this tournament is not in the new eShop version as it was not part of the original Japanese version. There are also other differencenses between the European DS version and this new version - for example some changes was originally made to the European DS version regarding the stat boost you get from nearby players..
On topic, it's just as strange for me in Denmark to see football changed to soccer as it is is for people in the UK, so I really don't see the point in the arguments of Level-5 either.
I think UK fans would prefer US voices than no game at all, especially if this was made clear to them.
Thanks for clearing that up, I was wondering the big difference between the US version and the UK ds version that got gamers talking.
Now I'm more puzzled as to why would people "want to pay" more money for a upscale game that is already available for a cheaper price with familiar voices?
It is a bit disappointing as I would have downloaded given the option but as people have already said above no doubt the ds cart is easy enough to find.
@Peach64 You're kidding right? What about the people who are fans of this series and already own the DS game?
So why not just have only the British Voice Acting in the UK version?
You can buy it on the Republic of Ireland eshop. This is the first time in recent memory we haven't been thrown in with the U.K. which of course I'm happy about but I really can't see the logic of this choice. It's an eshop release. How much can it cost to put it onto one of (I would assume) it's biggest markets, and a digital one at that?
For every future buyer of a 3DS: go buy a US machine before a European one, and anywhere else in europe before U.K. now I guess
I'm not sure I understand their reasons...
If the voice are so important then why other dubs have completly different actors in game then, for example, the anime show?
Here in Italy Inazuma Eleven came out first on television, that was the "estabilished franchise", but they just dubbed the game with whoever they found avaiable.
Some voices are better, some are worst, but they all sound completly different between the medias XD
With such "multi-dubbing" I doubt UK gamers would be so so shocked to hear different voices from the DS release versions of the game ^_^;
Plus... this game is not really about the voice acting to begin with, the dubbed sections and few cutscenes are just a little nice touch, the games would be totally as good without them, maybe it would still be a shame to have a version with this touch removed, but just sounding different? Who would have ever cared? >_>;
I think the problem is that the game already came out over here in the UK, it makes sense for Americans to get it since the eShop version may have been (part of) the compilation of the original 3 games that came out in japan, possibly with any tuned up game engine.
Soccer (Football) is more popular over here in the UK, so Level-5 could probably handle releasing single games at a time. it could be an experiment to see if it'll thrive in the US. being an eShop release could be a way to test the waters whilst keeping production costs down. though with that said, the Wii/DS wifi connection is eventually going to shut down, so it's not like UK players can play their version online anymore (even in the presence of 2 more sequels).
Makes you wonder how fast they could possibly be to catch up the UK before people moves onto the next game...which is even more of a problem considering the gap between the JP and UK releases. (we never got 3DS versions of the original "duology" of 3 for example, Team Ogre Attacks averts the rule though.)
So they say they can't release it with both American English and UK English! If so, they have to remove the American English! Problem solved!
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