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.