Earlier this week, football fans got quite a surprise when Bandai Namco announced it would be releasing Captain Tsubasa: Rise Of New Champions on the Nintendo Switch. If you didn't know, it's been ten whole years since the release of the last game, which is based on the manga series created by Yoichi Takahashi in 1981.
Did you know, though, that this new entry almost wasn't going to be localised in certain regions? In an interview with US Gamer yesterday, Bandai Namco director of brand marketing Dennis Lee revealed the Japanese publisher planned on an exclusive release in Latin America – mostly because of the popularity of the anime series in the region. In the end, it decided people located in North America might also enjoy it:
When we evaluated the game, we realized that it was a really fun game. So even if they don't know Tsubasa and the characters, soccer fans and fans of arcade-style sports games can have a really good time playing it. Because of that, we decided that we couldn't just release it in Latin America.
This arcade football title is expected to arrive at some point in 2020. When it does arrive, it will contain multiple gameplay modes including story, versus and online versus. On-field, you'll also be able to pull off a variety of offensive and defensive moves, like no other football title currently available.
Will you be purchasing this title to encourage Bandai Namco to localise more games like this? Leave a comment down below.
Translation: We realized we could make more money.
@Northwind I know, just picking at it since everyone knows they wouldn't have bothered if they didn't think they could make a buck.
I can confirm this franchise is huge in Latin America, me and my friends grew up watching the show "Los Supercampeones".
To be honest, I played sports games on the Commodore 64 and maybe one or two on the playstation one. That was the last time I played sports games as I just lost interest in them and grew heavily into RPG's. I love Anime so I might have to pick this game up.
Good call, bamco
@Xylnox Same, except for golf games. I don’t play golf in real life, but I like golf games. Tiger Woods 2003, Mario Golf, & Golf Story.
@Tandy255 I don't think I've ever played a golf game before. Golfing outside of games was ok for me as my parents had me take lessons when I was younger. I also played baseball and soccer and of all those three, I liked soccer the most. My brother had a scout that was interested in my brother for soccer. He was really good but he injured his foot real bad and had to get a screw put in. It was really sad as that was his dream to go pro but the injury was too bad.
Remember, Bandai Namco will eventually release the Asia version with English language.
@Kalmaro By translating the interface and the spoken text, not even localising the dub.
This way it is a no brainer. If they want to make it right and get the people who watched the anime as a kid (like me), the also should get the voice actors from the tv shows to do the voice dub. This would be a real licalizat. Sure, cists miney, but this way it looks like an average football game with an anime branding and very repetitive animations (check the video, they use the same goal keeper animation for each powershot...)
@Tandy255 lol.for me it's thr other way round. When I was young I loved captain tsubasa. Then I started playing football myself and ended up as a goal keeper. Since then, the story is kind of ridiculous, but I like it anyway. I just can't see this game beeing fun long term...
Dunno about this but Mario strikers and sega soccer slam sure was a good time back in the day.
Has anyone here seen the movie Shaolin Soccer? This is the video game version.
Unfortunately this series isn’t popular here in the states. I wish it was though.
I would go as far as to say that here in Brazil this series is even more popular than in Japan itself. It inspired every kid (including myself) who grew up watching Tsubasa and the gang. Especially with he's coach being a Brazilian and with Tsubasa himself eventually coming to play football here.
Pretty excited for this, it's one of the few soccer games that actually look really fun and interesting and not just another boring fifa
Invert y axis petition for Luigi's Mansion 3
It better be released in Europe too, where the original manga and anime is very popular too, especially in France, Italy and Spain.
that's possibly an extra few hundred thousand sales
Competition is welcome. EA can't be the lone soccer purveyor in town
Glad they did. Buying it day 1 on Switch for sure. Field animation is a bit wonky, hopefully gets fixed
If they release Powerful Pro Baseball in the US. Would get that also.
Looking forward to this and izuna eleven whenever that comes out.
Does it have a franchise mode
@Smashfan502 Ya, I might look into some of the Mario sports games. As for my brother, it does suck but the cool thing is that he wanted to join the Marines and that became his new dream. Both of my brothers and I joined the Marines a couple years apart from each other. Heh
@Smashfan502 Thank you.
@Smashfan502 Lol fat fingers, small phone
"Localization costs money"
He's only fictional. I meant that he played for a Brazilian team in the series story.
@Smashfan502 Yeah, but there are situations, where talk to text would get me in serious trouble. E.g. in a meeting or in the middle of the night because I would wake up my wife
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