Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is the Soccer Game I Didn’t Know I Needed

Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is the Soccer Game I Didn’t Know I Needed

Broke: FIFA 21 and PES 21. Woke: Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions.

While FIFA and PES continue to churn out yearly releases, the arcade sports scene has seemingly died off, especially when it comes to soccer. While the Mario Strikers series used to be a nice alternative, all we have seen recently is a soccer mode in Mario Sports Superstars for 3DS in 2016. Fortunately, Bandai Namco Entertainment looks like it will be giving a nice alternative this year with Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions for PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

Based on the popular sports manga and anime Captain Tsubasa, this game is a more arcadey and high-octane take on soccer that will hopefully be refreshing in a sea of sports simulators. Bandai Namco usually opts to create 3D fighters for most of their anime adaptations, like the upcoming One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows, so seeing a full-on sports game from them is a nice change of pace.

Every player will have special offensive and defensive moves to use on the pitch. Of course, these are all accompanied by flashy visual effects and an overall nice-looking anime-inspired art style. So far, a story mode, as well as online and offline versus matches, have been confirmed for the game. Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions will only have Japanese voiceover, but Bandai Namco has confirmed that English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles will be present at the game’s launch.

The version of Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions that excites me the most is the Nintendo Switch port as that system has been thoroughly lacking in great soccer games. While FIFA has come out on Switch the last three years, FIFA 20: Legacy Edition was particularly bad as it really only changed the roster from FIFA 19 and not much else. EA Sports’ games often get a lot of flack for being samey, but that was actually the case on Nintendo Switch last year. If Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions looks good and runs well on the system, it could become one of the premier sports games on the platform.

You can see the first screenshots for the game below. Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions will release for PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch sometime in 2020.