Sports anime is amazing. You have not truly lived until you consumed an entire anime series about competitive sports. It's like a shonen fighting series, but (usually) with less death and dismemberment. Hajime no Ippo, Prince of Tennis, Haikyuu, Eyeshield 21, Kuroko no Basket, and even Hikaru no Go are all fantastic.
One of the longest running sports manga and anime is Captain Tsubasa. Started in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1981 by author Yoichi Takahashi, Captain Tsubasa's influence has been felt around the world. Many professional soccer players have pointed to Captain Tsubasa as their inspiration for taking up the sport, including French legend Zinedine Zidane. There have been a total of 19 video games in the series history, and we've only received the very first NES release in the west. Now, we're finally getting a full North American release. Bandai Namco announced today that Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is coming to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2020.
The title is listed on Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe's official. It notes that "Western fans will finally be able to get their hands on a Captain Tsubasa video game," but there's no corresponding page on the US site. Luckily, the trailer appears on the Bandai Namco Entertainment America YouTube channel.
It fills a much-needed gap in the sports gaming space. EA has largely left arcade sports games like SSX and the Street games in the last generation. The latest release in the FIFA series did include the arcade-influenced Volta mode, but it wasn't the main event. Worry not, because Captain Tsubasa has us covered. Crazy aerial clashes, obviously illegal leg sweeps, and powerful special moves complete with glowing birds, tigers, and phoenixes. It is everything I want from a new Street game, minus actual FIFA players.
Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions will bring football powered by the passionate emotions of young men to a larger audience. If you've never sports anime-d before, now is your time to get on that train.