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Inazuma Eleven adds three for Twe'lv

Aiming for the hearts of companionless gamers out there, Level 5 seems to have formed an idol group to both promote and appear in its Soccer RPG, Inazuma Eleven. The three girls -- left to right, Haruna Otonashi (16 years old), Natsumi Kaminarimon (18 years old), and Aki Kino (13 years old) -- make up Twe'lv, the group's name playing off the phrase "12th man," a common sports term referring to a team's fans.

In the game, each of the three girls provides a different support function for your team. Haruna covers matches and events for the school paper, following players to collect data on them. Natsumi, the top student of her class and daughter of a politician/philanthropist, is initially unimpressed with your crew, but she eventually becomes one of the team's biggest fans and benefactors. Aki, the youngest of the group, manages the team. We guess she likes to wear green skirts, too.

Twe'lv plans to perform Inazuma Eleven's ending theme, a song composed by Yasunori Mitsuda (Chrono Trigger), at the World Hobby Fair in Osaka this weekend. Peek past the post break for in-game art and more promotional photos of the young trio.

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Inazuma Eleven site scores a GOOOOOAL


The website for Japanese super-soccer romp Inazuma Eleven has got some stuff going on for the few of you who're as excited for the game as we are. There's a complete character section, explaining all of the different participants in the title. There is also an explanation on the game's controls, plus all of the indecipherable Japanese text you can try to read.

Fresh Famitsu scans for Inazuma Eleven


After getting our peepers knee-deep in some Inazuma Eleven, we knew this game was for us. Not being as obsessed with soccer (football or futbol, to some of you) as the rest of the world, we're still convinced the game will be a big success, because the gameplay looks sound and, of course, it's being made by Level-5. Hopefully menu navigation won't be a pain, because we're pretty sure we're going to have to import it.

For the full scans, head past the break.

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Six minutes of sort-of uninterrupted Inazuma Eleven


Inazuma Eleven has half of the formula down for making a successful soccer game in Japan: it's got Eleven in the title. To replace the Winning part, another clever tactic was used: being made by Level-5. Sales are guaranteed! Or at least assumed!

This video provides the first real look at how the game operates. Unfortunately, the shots of gameplay are constantly intercut with footage of the players mugging as they enjoy the game. It's not quite enough misdirection to keep us from seeing how to play the game: passing and movement down the field is done in real-time, with players directed by stylus-drawn lines. Actions, including shooting and the over-the-top anime-style special moves are accessed via an RPG-style menu that opens up and pauses the game. It doesn't seem to hurt these two guys' painful enthusiasm.

[Via NeoGAF]

Inazuma Eleven and Professor Layton 2 trailers

Level-5's Inazuma Eleven gets us interested in soccer the only way anything could: by adding RPG elements and extreeeeeeme anime-ness. Seriously, we'd totally watch soccer if there were more screaming and speed lines. We haven't seen a sports RPG this fun-looking since Acclaim's cancelled Hit the Ice RPG for the NES. Have we even seen a sports RPG since then? No idea.

In other delightful Level-5 news, there's some new footage of Professor Layton and the Devil's Box, courtesy of video recorded from a Level-5 presentation.

[Via GoNintendo]

Level-5 bringing soccer RPG to the DS

Level-5 is set to bring a very unique title to the DS in Japan. A soccer game with RPG mechanics, Inazuma Eleven was first revealed via Famitsu magazine in Japan. The game will charge players with taking on rival teams, all while controlling the action with the stylus.

As if that weren't enough, the game is also going to support wi-fi, allowing players to battle each other online as well as exchange things. The game will also feature over 1,000 different characters.

You can't get a weirder combination of genres and, because of that, we're instantly interested.

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