Earlier this week, football fans got quite a surprise when Bandai Namco announced it would be releasing Captain Tsubasa: Rise Of New Champions on the Nintendo Switch. If you didn’t know, it’s been ten whole years since the release of the last game, which is based on the manga series created by Yoichi Takahashi in 1981.

Did you know, though, that this new entry almost wasn’t going to be localised in certain regions? In an interview with US Gamer yesterday, Bandai Namco director of brand marketing Dennis Lee revealed the Japanese publisher planned on an exclusive release in Latin America – mostly because of the popularity of the anime series in the region. In the end, it decided people located in North America might also enjoy it:

When we evaluated the game, we realized that it was a really fun game. So even if they don’t know Tsubasa and the characters, soccer fans and fans of arcade-style sports games can have a really good time playing it. Because of that, we decided that we couldn’t just release it in Latin America.

This arcade football title is expected to arrive at some point in 2020. When it does arrive, it will contain multiple gameplay modes including story, versus and online versus. On-field, you’ll also be able to pull off a variety of offensive and defensive moves, like no other football title currently available.

Will you be purchasing this title to encourage Bandai Namco to localise more games like this? Leave a comment down below.

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