Inazuma Eleven Coming To Europe In 2010

By Ishaan . December 16, 2009 . 9:04am

http://www.siliconera.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/ie_ds.jpg In an interview with Cubed3, Level-5 president Akihiro Hino confirmed that both the Inazuma Eleven anime and [first] game are going to be released in Europe in 2010, to coincide with the Fifa World Cup. Here’s the snippet where he discusses the company’s release plans:

 

AR: Inazuma Eleven is a fantastic mix of clever touch-screen football and an engrossing RPG experience that would definitely appeal to the European market. Will the first DS game ever be released here? Or are you waiting for the anime show to come on European TV first?

 

Hino-san: The anime show for ‘Inazuma Eleven’ is already signed up and under way, ready to go on air across Europe and we are now planning the on-air timetable, considering the FIFA World Cup 2010 period for launch. As for the first DS video game, we will make the announcement when we are ready to.

 

Finally, a confirmation of an English release. Even if it’s only in Europe, it’s much better than no English language version at all. 2010 just keeps getting better.


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  • http://www.younganimal.com/berserk Mr_Qoo

    If there is no US announcement by the time World Cup and the Euro version of this game rolls around, I’m definitely going to pick it up. It’d be a sad state of affairs if they don’t pick it up here but who knows with how few football/soccer fans we have in the US compared to the rest of the world. :(

    • urbanscholar

      I too share this sentiment. RPG meets soccer? Its like someone made me the best PB & J combo ever.

  • MadMirko

    Yay Europe, Level-5 and Inazuma Eleven (especially 2 which now shipped more than a million copies in Japan)!

    … and I don’t even like football (soccer). Still excited. :)

  • Hraesvelgr

    Was never interested in this (I’m actually not a fan of Level-5), but at least it can be imported with little hassle for those who want to play it.

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/ghaleonq,4597/ GhaleonQ

      I haven’t liked any of their games (ranging from Professor Layton/Dark Cloud disappointment to bile for Dragon Quest VIII), but Inazuma 11 was the best DS game at the time of its release and the sequel is among the 5 best today (and I’d include 2 above it among my top 10 of all-time).

      Honestly, I’d say try it.

  • http://gplus.to/rootbeerking RootBeerKing

    Oh yeah I forgot this was coming out in europe. I may have to import this one if it isn’t announced for North America. I’m not a fan of soccer, but I love what I played of the Japanese version of this game.

  • PuddlesPuddles

    Great news. Since they’re translating it into English anyway, a North American release seems likely. Americans love sports games, even if they don’t care about soccer.

    If that doesn’t happen though, I’ll import for sure.

  • Joanna

    Glad to see someone at L5 is thinking. I’m surprised it took so long for them to decide to release this game in Europe!

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