Upcoming Inazuma Eleven Game to Release on "High-End" Console

Level 5 CEO teases next game in soccer RPG series could be coming to higher quality consoles.

During last week's Inazuma Walker live stream, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino teased that the newest game in the Inazuma Eleven series, Inazuma Eleven: Ares, will release "on something other than 3DS."

Hino later clarified his initial statement saying:

"It may also release on what you might call a higher-end gaming console... just maybe."

Due to two high-quality screenshots seen late last year, there has been speculation that Inazuma Eleven: Ares could be on the Nintendo Switch, or possibly the PlayStation 4.

The Inazuma Eleven series has a history of being on Nintendo systems, getting its start on the Nintendo DS in 2008, and has several sequels on the system and Nintendo 3DS, with a few spin off titles on the Nintendo Wii.

Most games in the Inazuma Eleven series have only been released in Japan, with a few seeing releases in Europe as well. In America and Australia, the only Inazuma Eleven game ever released was an enhanced port of the first game on the Nintendo 3DS eShop in 2014.

It's unlikely that Inazuma Eleven: Ares will be localized. But because the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 are both region free, it may be the second Inazuma Eleven game American and Australian fans will get the chance to play.

Inazuma Eleven is currently available as a digital download on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.


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Published Mar. 27th 2017

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