RPG & Football Combine in Inazuma Eleven for DS – Coming to UK 26 August, 2011!

Nintendo to Score a Lot of Goals With New Football RPG for DS

Nintendo UK announced in a press release today that Inazuma Eleven, a football-themed RPG title from Level 5 and Nintendo, will finally be making its way to the UK on 26 August, 2011.

For those that aren’t already aware, Inazuma Eleven has already been turned into a popular manga series that has broadcast on TV in Asia, parts of Europe and Monday 25 July, 2011 saw the series premiere in the UK on the Disney XD channel.  The game has been available in Japan for a few years now and we imagine that localisation issues are the reason for such a long release gap.

The press release contains plenty of juicy details about the game:

The game coming exclusively to the Nintendo DS family of consoles follows the journey of teenage goalkeeper Mark Evans as he tries to recruit the best players possible for his school football team so that they can try to win the prestigious Football Frontier tournament. He will meet characters such as Axel Blaze, an extremely talented striker with a secret, and pit his skills against players like Jude Sharp, a playmaker for the rival Royal Academy team.

Captivating anime sequences enrich the storyline in this adventure and players are able to explore the town in the game to hunt for potential team mates. There are over 1000 in-game characters which you can scout, each one with their own statistics, unique skills and special abilities. In addition if you connect to Nintendo Wi-Fi connection there are over 50 additional characters that can be recruited to your team. It is up to you to craft a team from your players with the abilities that support your strategic approach to the game.

Once the football matches begin – the action kicks in. There are two types of matches to play in the game: either full eleven player teams battling on a standard sized pitch, or 4-on-4 challenges which pit the player against specific tasks such as scoring or gaining possession of the ball. During the match your Nintendo DS stylus will come into its own when you control your hand-picked team. You will challenge your reaction and dexterity as you determine the strategy that your team takes to press opponents, cut passes, perform slippery sliding tackles and of course score goals.

If you’re looking for a football experience that differs from the norm that FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer typically offer, then Inazuma Eleven may well be worth a pickup this August!  Stay tuned to Bits ‘n’ Bytes Gaming for more details as we get them.

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