Why are sports games always so darn serious? Old-school hits like NBA Jam and Mutant League Football brought a campy charm to the world of sports games that anyone could enjoy. Then during the GameCube and Wii eras, the Super Mario Strikers series delivered a wild, electrifying sports experience that hasn’t been seen since. Thankfully, Bandai Namco has decided that enough is enough. They’re bringing back the off-the-wall and hyper-unrealistic sports fun that we all crave, and they’re doing it with a series that not many overseas gamers might recognize: Captain Tsubasa, for Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions.
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is slated to release worldwide, bringing the series into the global spotlight like never before. Long before iconic modern sports anime like Haikyu and Prince of Tennis, there was Captain Tsubasa, a 1981 manga series about hot-blooded soccer action that continues to publish new chapters even today.
The series may not be a household name in America, but it’s a massive franchise in Japan, and now this iconic anime and manga giant is getting a sharp, high-intensity video game that looks to perfectly adapt the wild, anime-style sports battles of the original series. Players can control a variety of iconic characters from the original series who are all rendered in a gorgeous 3D toon-shaded style that somehow perfectly manages to capture the old-school look of the manga illustrations. Additionally, “The game will feature multiple gameplay modes including Story Modes, Versus Mode, and Online Versus Mode.”
Not much else is known about the game just yet, but Bandai Namco will release Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions worldwide on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Steam sometime in 2020.