Inazuma Eleven 3 Kicks Off In Europe This September

By Ishaan . July 20, 2013 . 9:30am

In case you’ve forgotten, Nintendo of Europe are bringing Inazuma Eleven 3 over to European territories this year. At the Japan Expo, Level 5 CEO Akihiro Hino confirmed that the game will be available on September 27th for the Nintendo 3DS.


Like in Japan, Inazuma Eleven 3 will be released in two versions—Lightning Bolt and Bomb Blast.


While the two games were originally for the Nintendo DS, Level 5 released a compilation of the original Inazuma trilogy with updated graphics on the 3DS, and we assume the European release of Inazuma Eleven 3 will be based on the 3DS remakes.


A God Hand high-five to Kevin Lopez for the heads up!


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  • raylancer

    US version where? :/

    • Renaldi Saputra

      since most of Inazuma Eleven games didn’t release in US, then it won’t happen..
      further more, I rarely see US Inazuma fans, mostly are Europeans and South Americans who like soccer

      • Tonton Ramos

        If IE was in america we need…

        Maile Flannagan, Sarah Nathochenny, Veronica Taylor, Tara Strong, Kevin Kaufman, Tom Kenny, and etc.

  • malek86

    If there’s a 3DS trilogy, why can’t they just release that one instead?

    I’m suddenly reminded of how the european version of Unlimited Cruise 3DS contained only the first half of the game, and they sold the second half later.

    • Farid Belkacemi

      Perhaps they plan to release IE 3, Go 1, Go 2… And then the compilation ? Or the compilation between Go 1 & 2 ? :p I dunno…

  • Shane Guidaboni

    Americans like soccer! They really do! :(

    • Antixono

      Its called football.

      • Shane Guidaboni

        I know that. I watch it. I didn’t want to say football and have it confused as American football, so I say soccer. It’s the same thing.

        • Antixono


      • almostautumn

        And that’s called pretentious

        • Antixono

          I’m not being pretentious,I was just saying.

        • I fail to see where this was pretentious. If anything that was a culture joke.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Really? You could have fooled me. =P

    • AuraGuyChris

      South America likes it a lot more than North America, and I can attest to that. Mexico and beyond south is full of soccer players instead of baseball & American football players.

      • Shane Guidaboni

        Oh, don’t worry, I definitely know that it’s a sport that, in general, America doesn’t follow. Hell, I watch it on the Spanish channel when it’s on, not American ones. It wasn’t a factual comment, more of a plea to Level 5 that we do have our share of fans here, because I really want to play the Inazuma games.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      in US, there’re rarely soccer anime, even if there was, the series were mostly underrated, not many ppl knew.. most of sport anime that aired in there was basketball and amefoot (american football like Eyeshield 21 IIRC)
      that proves

  • Antixono

    Why can’t they bring these games in the US,I wanna play it really bad,stupid region lock.

    • How about…i want to play SMT IV, Rune Factory 4, and Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl? hm yeah…

      • Antixono

        Its not like I live in the US any lol,my 3ds is just NA version.Well,I don’t care for SMT IV but I am looking forward to Rune factory 4 and Etrian Odyssey Untold so i guess its a fair trade off.

        • Farid Belkacemi

          Don’t care abt SMT IV… How dare you !? :D

        • Thanks for rubbing that in. I needed that.

          • Antixono


      • Margaret Chan

        Well both Etrian Odyssey and Rune Factory 4 haven’t been released in NA yet. Heck according to some things I’ve read initial dates for RF4 in NA may have to be pushed a little, so it’s possible you’ll be getting them. SMT IV already announced in EU…

        There’s been no sign at all of any Inazuma game ever coming to the US/NA in the near future or even at all.

        • “SMT IV already announced in EU…”
          no date as usual so for all I know it could be early 2014.

          ” Etrian Odyssey and Rune Factory 4 haven’t been released in NA yet”

          iirc it already has a date so yeah that’s better than…NOTHING

      • almostautumn

        How about not making excuses for Nintendo’s garbage policies and pretending that few localized 3rd party titles justify so?

        Garbage, backwards policies = Garbage, backwards policies

        • ?????????????????????????

  • GameWinner

    Thanks again for the region locks Nintendo!

  • Margaret Chan

    If the games were just released in the US I’d buy them… even if i had to deal with the localized name changes D:

  • Solomon_Kano

    I’d be happy with just a digital release if it meant we could see this in the US. I wanna play a football RPG too, Hino. ;_;

    It’s unfortunate because I could import the first two for DS and play them in English, but there’d be no such luck for this one.

    • SilentMC

      I highly doubt they will unless they bring the anime series over to the US (they haven’t right?), even Australia is not getting these games despite airing the show.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Yea, I’ve given up on us ever getting these. It bodes even worse for us if Australia can’t get them and they have the anime. We still haven’t gotten the LBX anime, which ANN reported in 2011 would air this year along with the models coming over…

    • Renaldi Saputra

      US doesn’t like soccer

      • Solomon_Kano

        Somebody lied to you.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          I mean, soccer anime..

          • Solomon_Kano

            I don’t think we’ve had any soccer anime here for us to find out.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            Captain Tsubasa for example, it wasn’t a hype in US, more like underrated series in there, nearly no ppl knew it in there..
            however it’s very very popular in Europe and South America..

            yep, that’s why US ppl mostly seem don’t like soccer, so there’re rarely soccer anime

          • almostautumn

            Well the issue with this is that the overall notion is that, in America, Soccer isn’t that big of a deal. And this is true. But, what is neglected is that Soccer is absolutely huge amongst kids; I mean, almost all the middle-class kids enroll in those Rec leagues at some point or another, and really it’s a pretty great time. But, to point, is that Inazuma is targeted at children, and it is a game that is applicable to young children. Therefore, no matter that soccer isn’t that big amongst American adults, it is big amongst kids— and so there is no real reason that Inazuma should face failure here.
            But, the big deal is marketing, and really having a kids anime that can propagate them really is a key-factor, and that’s where bringing Inazuma over gets expensive. I mean, the games do answer for themselves; they’re awesome, but to really hit the market they want to hit in the U.S., which is kids, they need the anime— and I don’t think L5 has the money for such an adventure.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            if that so, why soccer anime weren’t popular? they were mostly watched by kids, weren’t they?
            if soccer anime weren’t popular, then so are soccer anime games

          • almostautumn

            Well the only soccer anime I know of is Tsubasa, which I think started in the mid 80’s so— I mean, even if it weren’t successful, that is still too early a date to judge in terms of present-day, especially because with Inazuma we’re talking about a multi-media franchise no different than Pokemon and Dragonball Z.

            One thing is that sports animes in general don’t seem to hold much popularity in the west, although again, in terms of kids, I really don’t know how true this is. While card-games soak up the fun would a sports anime really fail, when kids can readily go play it and act it out? Not to mention have the videogames to experience it like in the show?
            I really don’t know; I can see why L5 doesn’t bring it over, but at the same time their doing so would really reveal a slew of either possibilities or dismissal in terms of both gaming and anime for western audiences.

  • EtroAnime

    Really wish could come to NA.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      will never happen..
      there’re very few soccer anime fans in NA..
      except South America

  • PABLO Rapetti Perez

    Well, this is the game that made me sign the “free region lock” petition started on the web. Its just pitiful it is likely that will never happen.

  • British_Otaku

    There was a third version of Inazuma Eleven 3, titled “The Ogre”.
    It seems to be themed off one of the anime movies, but still would have liked it especially as it allow with Inazuma Eleven 1 and IE2 (both versions) are in the compilation…


  • 愛憎

    Any fans in here? What do you like about these games? I’m interested.

    • SilentMC

      I’ve played a few of the DS games and all the 3DS ones, so I’m a fan I guess.

      It’s a simple but well made RPG (levelling up, one of the games has random encounters) combined with soccer (using the touchscreen), I’m not really a fan of soccer games but it manages to work well enough to be addictive. The over the top techniques and (occasional) sillyness of the story are always fun to see.

      • 愛憎

        I’ll have to look up videos. There is combat (aside from soccer games)?

        • SilentMC

          Nah soccer is combat in the game, the random small matches outside of tournaments are fast matches (first to score a goal wins or something).

          Give the anime a go, if you like the anime, you’ll probably enjoy the games

          • 愛憎

            Thanks for the responses! I’ve thought about watching it. I shall give it a go.

  • Desukoru

    Just saying, this was already announced a couple of weeks ago on NOE’s Twitter page.

    It’s a pity the US isn’t getting the series, though I can understand why. It has really fun gameplay once you get used to it. I hope they bring the GO series over too, eventually.

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