Inazuma Eleven Reaches About 6.5 Million Units Sold Worldwide

By Spencer . August 26, 2013 . 4:08am

inazInazuma Eleven, Level-5’s soccer RPG series, has approximately 6.5 million units sold worldwide. The series started on Nintendo DS and also had releases on Wii and Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo of Europe published the Inazuma Eleven games in PAL regions, but so far no Inazuma Eleven titles were released in North America.


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  • Tonton Ramos

    Inazuma Eleven not in America: Y U NOT RELEASE THIS IN MURICA?
    Inazuma Eleven in America but as time progresses: Y U HAVE SAME GAMEPLAY AND OFFER NOTHING NEW?!

    Okay this is just my conflict comment/not violent argument discussion whether if I want this game worldwide or not.
    If someone replies in this comment saying they want or don’t want this game in america or worldwide I’ll respond peacefully.

    • leingod

      I’d like it. I think.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      it will be different in South America

    • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

      They’ve added new things to the series, little by little. Team hissatsu shots, team tactics, avatars, avatar armors, etc. (the last 2 I’m not particularly fond of). But they’ve slowly added things to make it entertaining…

      Though, the fact that “North” America has been blown off for these games does rub me the wrong way.

      • Tonton Ramos

        I know that’s why the problem is the US people and it’s and the nature, culture and attitude of that country. If they release it there I know kids would like those stuff but some might bash it saying I’ve seen it in or it’s a rip-off of… (***** ********) and some kids still prefer catching and evolving monsters, robots, card games, magical marbles.

        I love this series so much as a whole and I want this game worldwide but one side of me says no. And I’m worried the fact that if they released it it will end up badly was due to the nature of that country. This is what Level-5 thinks and I understand that.

        I just don’t understand why is the US and it’s people are so complicated.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          yeah I agree very much, and that’s what happened also to Digimon, Monster Farm, Medarot, Beyblade, and Bakugan in US.. They’re somewhat underrated bcos many ppl say it’s rip-off, pokemon copy, or having no creativity, or else.. I don’t know why they behave such in that way..

          I’m afraid.. if Inazuma will be released in US, there will be comments like…

          1. “what the hell is this? the ball change into dragon. How they can kick in such a way? This is not soccer!!! This game sux so much!!!”

          2. “this concept is too exagerrated..I hate it, soccer + RPG = sux”

          3. “what’s this? is this pokemon?? is this Persona?? The player can summon a mythical monster blahblahblah.. this is ripoff!!!”

          and another strange comments

        • Zero_Destiny

          Well in terms of the animated versions I think times are just changing and the age of Saturday morning cartoons are getting phased out.

          The Vortex line-up is pretty weak in particular and mostly carried by Yu-Gi-Oh repeats and Dragon Ball Z Kai. They do show the new ZeXal dub and started showing a new B-Daman show but it’s still a line-up of mostly oldies. Digimon Fusions (Xross Wars) is coming to Nick some time in the future but I’m not sure how much of a difference that will make.

          Level-5 is taking a chance with Little Battlers and has been crafting their North American dub for the anime for some time, there is still that franchise they are willing to push, time will tell if the games will follow suit.

          My opinion on the matter of where Inazuma Eleven went off to is more that Level-5 didn’t want to risk pushing a soccer game in the US, since soccer is kinda in the same league as hockey or lacrosse, it’s more of a niche sport here. There are isolated areas of the country that really dig it but it doesn’t have the wide appeal of Baseball of American Football.

          And from what I know after the European English dub stopped short of finishing (didn’t even get to Go) that may be even more of a deterrent to bring it to the US where the sport is on the niche side.

          Inazuma is a bigger franchise and I imagine Level-5 doesn’t want to sell it short, I think that’s the biggest reason. Right now L5 doesn’t want Inazuma to be a niche seller but they don’t think it can pull in the numbers from its Japanese sales and are being cautious about what to do. They’ll probably wait until they think every single condition is just right before they try Inazuma out in the US, and that’s if.

          And also the only time I remember people complaining about rip-offs was during the pokemon phase with the original digimon release. And honestly it probably had more to do with the similar “mon” titles and the fact that the US hadn’t yet really had a monster series like these before. Now-of-days digimon has pretty well established itself over here.

  • leingod

    This kinda reminds me of the old Captain Tsubasa games… I wonder if they’re anything similar?

  • Renaldi Saputra

    food for thoughts

    Inazuma Eleven is very very popular in South America..
    the DS games weren’t region locked.. so ppl are free to play other region games..
    meanwhile for the 3DS one, probably most of Inazuma fans in South America bought Europe 3DS instead of the US one

    I think that’s reasonable, even though no one of those games was released in NA

    • Guest

      Yep. Region-lock is the biggest barrier on getting the handheld games, and Wii Strikers, for that matter.

      It actually could be good if they localize the games, as Namco Bandai does with Saint Seiya… It could be a sure hit even if they released it only on Brazil :P

      • Renaldi Saputra

        yeah, but literally only South America, bcos don’t forget about Argentina, Chile, and other Latin region.. they have very big enthusiasm about soccer.. also the anime is very popular, even everytime when I try to search Inazuma Eleven with english sub, mostly I end up in Spanish Sub

  • anthony apduhan

    I am sorry if the US is not a soccer worthy region… People there simply prefer other sports that are popular to them…

  • Didn’t know this series sold so well :O

  • kylehyde

    Level-5 or nintendo should take the example of namco bandai with the saint seiya games, even that saint seiya is not very popular in USA (thanks to some DIC), they considered the Latin American market for bring the latest two games to the American region, first the tried with brazil and worked for them and now the latest game is being heavily promoted in Latin America. In inazuma eleven case, they could have took the chance for two big reasons, first football soccer is really popular in Latin America, second the anime actually was well received (and the best part is that all the characters have their original names). I hope some publisher sees this factors and bring here this series

    • Guest

      I agree, there are quite the possibilities, even digital-only. 3DS eShop should be considered as a way to sell games to markets that may seen as risky… it sucks when a region is deemed ‘unworthy’ of some titles *cough*Last Window*cough*

    • Renaldi Saputra

      Saint Seiya was brought to NA bcos of SS Omega and Lost Canvas IIRC..

      Inazuma won’t have a chance sadly it seems, except if they only bring exclusively into South America..

      but still possible somehow, anw..

  • Space_Ghost

    I’ve always wanted to play one of these titles, but I live in North America. They should try an eShop release for one of the new RPG’s.

  • awat

    Why no U.S release q.q

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