Captain Tsubasa: Rise Of New Champions Brings Dramatic Anime Soccer To PC And Consoles

Captain Tsubasa: Rise Of New Champions Brings Dramatic Anime Soccer To PC And Consoles

Yōichi Takahashi’s Captain Tsubasa manga and anime have been transforming the sport of association football into a cinematic spectacle since 1981. Now we’re finally getting a proper video game adaptation of the series, courtesy of Bandai Namco’s Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions for the PlayStation 4, PC, and Switch.

Japan’s had plenty of Captain Tsubasa games over the years. Not counting the mobile phone version, North America has had one, 1992’s Tecmo Cup Soccer Game, a retooled version of Japan’s first Captain Tsubasa game with all the Captain Tsubasa bits stripped out. Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions fixes that embarrassing oversight.

Bandai Namco isn’t saying much about the game so far. It follows the main character Tsubasa Ozora as he leads his teammates into football battles against powerful teams. There will be dramatic offensive and defensive moves. It will feature a story mode, as well as online and offline competition. No word on a release date either, but it’s voiced in Japanese with English, Neutral-Spanish, Brazillian, and Portuguese subs, so we won’t have to wait for new voice recording.


What I do know is Captain Tsubaba’s brand of football is ridiculously over-the-top, and I can’t wait to try to understand it.


  • Hah, I remember a friend help me get a poorly translated bootleg of one of the SNES Tsubasa games. It was actually pretty fantastic, basically, an old-school J-RPG in which instead of magic and weapon techniques, characters had special shots and techniques, using stamina instead of mana and you could level up players’ traits after each match. There was a decent element of RNG to it which successfully made the matches edge-of-the-seat thrilling.

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