Inazuma Eleven Coming To North America Today [Update]

By Ishaan . February 13, 2014 . 2:26pm

The first Inazuma Eleven game will be available in North America today, via the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. The game was announced via Nintendo Direct this afternoon. The game costs $19.99, and you can watch a trailer for it below.


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  • Jungo

    … GOOD AT BUILDING HYPE. Seriously though, pleasant surprise! Might go check it out.

  • Hines Green III

    Wow Nintendo you built no hype for this at all. Heck I was convinced you gave up on it when it was removed from the list.

  • riceisnice

    Didn’t see this coming.

  • DivinePhoenix69

    This really caught me off guard, didn’t see this coming at all. Sweet!

  • KingGunblader

    Probably the biggest surprise from the Direct. I’m compelled to check it out. Anyone know which particular Inazuma Eleven game this is?

    • Guest

      The absolutely first one.


  • It’s the first Inazuma Eleven game, they ported it to 3DS as a collection so not sure if this is the 3DS or the DS original.

    • I’d be interested to know too. I’m not so fond of DS games on the 3DS screen.

    • Guest

      It’ll be the first one but the engine and cosmetic changes from the 1・2・3 compilation.

  • cirE

    I’ve already imported a DS copy of the first game from Europe, too late Nintendo. How about the 3DS games I wasn’t able to import because of the region lock?

    • Terraforce77

      Or how about you do like me and still purchase the US version to support future releases. I bought a Japanese 3ds and Go ChronoStone/Galaxy, but I’m still buying this game to prove Inazuma has American support.

      • cirE

        If they had a proper account system and I could feel confident in spending money on the eShop, I would do just that. Until then, I’ll continue to only buy cartridges.

        Which probably means I won’t ever play those Inazuma Eleven 3DS titles, but oh well.

        • KiTA

          They do have a proper account system now, I thought?

          • cirE

            They have an account system that allows you to share eShop currency between Wii U and 3DS, but that’s all it does.

            It doesn’t allow you to buy a new 3DS console and log in to re-download your old games. Your purchases are still tied to the console itself.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Yes your game access isnt in the cloud.

            But on the device.

            Being in the cloud isnt really helpful in the long term, but if you lose your console you still have the game.

            People like this. But its no assurance of anything, infact having your game access in the cloud can result in issues further down the line… if the company goes bankrupt for one.

          • cirE

            The way I see it, the 3DS is a portable console. It can VERY easily be lost/stolen/broken. My 3DS being lost/stolen/broken is much more likely than Nintendo going bankrupt.

            I’d just rather not invest into any eShop titles. I feel like every game I’d purchase would make me more and more fearful of something happening to my 3DS and lead to me leaving it at home more and more often.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Well I like to live dangerously, so I took my 3DS on a roller coaster with me and clutched it to my chest as I soared on an eagle.

            Almost lost my copy of love plus and sweet memories black jack.

            I’ve lost games before ( FireRed,Twewy) it sucks if you gotta buy them again but if you’re gonna lose your console you got problems already XD

            But I get the whole eggs in one basket thing..
            Good thing is you can call NIntendo and demand they restore your games if that happens. Even better if you got a club Nintendo and the 3DS’s serial number

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          account systems dont really do anything for you game ownership, dont let people fool you that it does XD

          • landlock

            They is a big difference between how Nintendo handle it compared to Sony/Microsoft. It’s not good.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            I know the difference.

            Im saying an account system dont mean jack when all your games are stuck on your PS3 or Xbox 360 systems and if you lose access to those games( cant download them ect) with multplayer or other online features) you only have them for as long as your console doesnt break( or the hardrive holding the games on it doesnt fail) (SSD>HDD for this reason). With at least phsyical media you still own the game, if it doesnt break, just gotta find somewhere it works on and put it in.

            Which is also why Cartridges will forever be superior to Discs. Can hardload things via the ram too. Gives you much better performance without having to spin a disc like a madman( faster than possible to access data quicker. Hence why downloading some games into the internal hard drive/solid state drive improves loading times, and it doesnt tax your disc drive ( because it will eventually break after 150000 hours of monsterhunter)

            know what your real benefits and concessions are before you hop into bed with your digital download cloudy future

  • Will Jay

    I’ve played it before, I’m still going to buy it again.

    Hopefully IE2 and IE3 come out in the US this year and not next.

    • British_Otaku

      It is a digital rerelease of a cut up trilogy of games they translated ages ago. They could have all six versions of the first three games up now, but it makes more sense to pace themselves.

      • Tsurugi

        But if they release like 3 months later IE 2 and then more 3 months IE 3 and then we could get IE GO! in this year, I don´t if it is digital I wanna play this EPIC game !! =D

        • British_Otaku

          IE GO! hasn’t even released or been announced for Europe yet, given that the second market after Japan is Europe. You can’t expect the fourth installment this year in America when you guys just got the first one a few days ago.

          Pacing themselves will allow players to try out and finish a number of them and Level 5/Nintendo to market each installment according without drowning us in titles which wallow in the back of the eShop for years to come.

  • David García Abril

    This is smart, indeed.

    Let’s face it, most likely, these games would have a hard time in the US otherwise. A soccer JRPG? Sure, in Europe “football” is huge, so naturally it was a big success (In Spain and Italy kids have been growing up with the anime for the past half-decade now). But in the US you can’t get more niche than that combination.

    So releasing them only digital was the right way to go.

    Congratulations, Americans. You got yourselves a very special game.

    One small warning, though:

    Be prepared for some thick British accents.

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      But they have super powers

    • Shippoyasha

      I don’t know… soccer is HUGE in America and its visibility and viability is growing each year. Awareness of international football and pro soccer league is a lot better than years ago. Kids are playing it quite a lot and the push of the excellent anime on TV definitely would have helped. That was such a wasted opportunity because it’s a genuinely great anime adaptation with a proper continuous story.

      I wished they released them since the first game. Even if not in physical form, at least with digital releases. I hope they can catch up but I just feel disappointed they didn’t give it a chance early in the life of the series.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        but they didn’t know soccer anime like captain tsubasa or whistle, or this, Inazuma Eleven

        with being more fantasy soccer, Inazuma Eleven is often called “weird soccer”

        • David García Abril

          It’s basically “Captain Tsubasa Meets Dragon Ball Z Meets Pokémon”.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            pokemon? nope it’s persona or blue dragon

      • David García Abril

        I’ve heard that soccer has grown its popularity in the US in the last couple of decades, yes, but I think it’s still very niche, since it doesn’t come close to the popularity of American football, basketball or baseball. And definitely nowhere near the popularity it has in Europe or Latin America.

        But if it has grown to the point it’s at least relevant, then the more power to you! Hopefully, these games will help to make it grow even more.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Apparently, its not british

    • Blaz

      Actually, The English Dubbed in America is “normal” because they had already dubbed the games anime about 4 years ago. Go check out Hulu.

      • katamari damacy

        Shame, i like thick british accents. They have a charm to them like characters in Ni no Kuni

      • David García Abril

        I doubt NOA will re-dub the games, but you never know.

  • Tsurugi

    YESSSSS! Now Inazuma Eleven GO! to USA

    • Renaldi Saputra

      they have to wait whether it will do better or not

  • Kaetsu

    Awesome! Does anyone know how much it will cost?

    • AkuLord3

      probably 39.99 like usual stuff

    • Raphael Cuyugan


      • Guest

        Good price, I’ll be sure to get it!

  • urbanscholar

    Thank based Nintendo. Rpg plus my love of football *swoon*

  • GH56734

    That would be the only time the version of Inazuma Eleven 1 with the Layton team makes it outside Japan, if it’s the 3DS version.
    A nice little bonus for US players, but would be better if the 3DS compilation as a whole gets released in all regions properly near the end of the 3DS lifespan..

  • Kaetsu

    The game is only 19.99 :)

  • So, went to the eShop to check the price and the trailer and noticed that the first three episodes of the anime are there in their entirety…

  • Well watching the trailer confirms its the 3DS version, remember how ugly DS games looked with 3D models? :s

  • Guest

    Did I just heard “Riyo!” of T-Pistonz?

    Cool, we may get the original openings and endings for all the games! :D

    • Will Jay

      Nah, it’s Tachiagariyo, the first anime opening.

      I wish they had kept Riyo. It’s my favorite TPK song.

      • Guest

        xD Yeah, I mixed up… :P
        So, they changed it to keep it in line with the Hulu airings?

    • Renaldi Saputra

      didn’t expect they would use the japanese opening..

  • Ganali Castillo

    The voice acting isn’t British!! yay ! not that i hate the British accent but it was to heavy for my taste.

  • 3PointDecoupage

    Im not sure about this but I think setting your leg on fire is against FIFA rules. Anyway Im sold.

  • KiTA

    So we get a niche football anime RPG, but no Dragon Quest games, ever again. Amazing.

    I do admit I’m excited about Inazuma Eleven, though. Never thought I would have seen it in English, it’s just too weird.

    • 3PointDecoupage

      Different companies. Its not Level 5’s fault that SE sucks.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      maybe level5 USA just wanna test if IE will do good or not in US

    • landlock

      Well DQIX was a big hit so when they finally do a DDXI offline it’ll be over before then who knows. I still think DQVII will make it in time.

    • xzeldax3

      I thought it’s been out in Europe for years on DS…

  • Andy Abramo

    I already played the first 2, so I’ll wait for IE:The Ogre.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    I’ve waited for this day T_T

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    You can make your own team? That could be fun.


    After watching that preview, it just occurred to me that I really miss playing
    Kunio Kun no Nekketsu Soccer League

  • iANiMeX

    So cheap, very bought. Wow

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    So this is the first game from the enhanced collection pack yeah?

  • Renaldi Saputra

    hope it doesn’t flop in US

  • D. Collins

    ugh….IM BROKE!!!!!

  • Tsurugi

    I’m a little worried with the sells because I played the JP and EU versions but I will buy, and some of us that like Inazuma will not buy a game that you already played, it was better if was tha compilation, hope to Nintendo and L5 to bring all IE classic and IE GO! Games for 3DS to USA

  • IsaacGravity

    Well absolutely thank you for this news! Off to buy!

  • Kari

    19.99 just for one 1 game … 39.99 for 1-3 when had been to much right for an olf game

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