Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Captain Tsubasa Scores New Story Update and Challengers https://www.gameskinny.com/wvhl1/captain-tsubasa-scores-new-story-update-and-challengers https://www.gameskinny.com/wvhl1/captain-tsubasa-scores-new-story-update-and-challengers Thu, 22 Apr 2021 13:58:23 -0400 David Carcasole

A new story update and three new playable characters are now available through the Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Character Pass.

The additions from Developer Tamsoft Corporations and publisher Bandai Namco mean there have been six total characters added to the game since March, and there are now a total of nine characters in the Character Pass.

The new story content continues Episode: New Hero with the Tachibana twins, Kazuo and Masao, in the Hanawa MS Route. You'll also be able to develop new aerial skills like the Skylab Triangle and take advantage of a new appeal command, Tachibana's Scheme.

The characters added in DLC 3 include Pepe, Xiao Junguang, and Taichi Nakanishi, and each of them comes with their own special abilities. 

If you've not yet purchased the Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Character Pass, it is available on all platforms for $24.99. For more details on what else to expect in the update, check the official announcement on Bandai Namco's website.

Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions released for PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on August 27, 2020. In our review, we called it "the best arcade sports title to come out since Rocket League," high praise for any game.  

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Captain Tsubasa Gets New Chapter, Three Additions to Character Pass https://www.gameskinny.com/athmk/captain-tsubasa-gets-new-chapter-three-additions-to-character-pass https://www.gameskinny.com/athmk/captain-tsubasa-gets-new-chapter-three-additions-to-character-pass Fri, 12 Mar 2021 13:52:33 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Three new characters take the field from the Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Character Pass, but that's not the only new addition to Bandai Namco's arcade soccer game.

A new free Captain Tsubasa update, also available now, continues building on Episode: New Hero with another chapter starring Captain Ishizaki.

Captain Tsubasa's three new characters are Shingo Aoi of the Golden Trio, the famous Tornado Shot player Ryoma Hino, and Mark Owairanvia, a prince of Saudi Arabia. They join the Character Pass' first three characters, and there's still three more left to go to fill out the pass' promised nine characters.

Those who haven't purchased Captain Tsubasa's Character Pass can still do so for $24.99 on all platforms.

In the latest Episode: New Hero chapter, Tsubasa is on leave from the team, refusing to play any further matches. Ishizaki must lead the Nankatsu Eleven to victory against old classmates who think Nankatsu is a pushover without Tsubasa.

Any excuse for more Tsubasa is fine with us. We called Captain Tsubasa the "best arcade sports title to come out since Rocket League" and praised its expert soccer mechanics and dramatic story alike.

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Essential Nintendo Switch Games for the 2020 Holiday Season https://www.gameskinny.com/c9ayx/essential-nintendo-switch-games-for-the-2020-holiday-season https://www.gameskinny.com/c9ayx/essential-nintendo-switch-games-for-the-2020-holiday-season Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:55:55 -0500 Ashley Shankle

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Sonic Mania Plus

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ESRB: E
Price: $19.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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A return to Sonic and friends' '90s form, Sonic Mania Plus goes above and beyond to recapture the wonder of the series' classic 2D roots. Sonic Mania, and by extension its further enhanced Plus version, is the best Sonic title to come out in decades and should be on any "best of" list. 

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The game features both new stages and remixed stages from the classics, with the Plus version offering brand new characters and a further remixed Encore mode. Read more about it in our review, in which it got a perfect store. 

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Katamari Damacy REROLL

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $19.99 - $29.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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This one, and the next slide, are bonuses that really should be in any library because they're that good. (We didn't include well-regarded staples in these bonus slides like Breath of the Wild because, well, we all know they're fantastic.)

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Released in 2018, Katamari Damacy REROLL is a remaster of one of gaming's strangest legacies. It's notoriously bizarre and relaxing in equal measure, and it just so happens to make good use of the Switch's Joy-Cons. It's hard to even think of anything bad to say about this game.

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Roll your way to victory, and into the King of All Cosmos' palm, to some seriously infectious music. 

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FUSER

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ESRB: T
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Nintendo eShop

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If neither Melody of Memory nor NSR suit your fancy, perhaps a more "traditional" rhythm party game will. Enter FUSER from music-game legends Harmonix. 

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Play as a DJ either playing popular songs or remixing them into your own special brew. The catalog includes 100 songs at launch from artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Billie Eilish, The Weeknd, Panic! At The Disco, Childish Gambino, and many more. 

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Check out our review of FUSER to find out more, and why we said it's a "necessary" game in 2020 because of its unique multiplayer, co op play. 

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No Straight Roads

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $39.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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An action game with music in its veins, No Straight Roads sets you on a journey to topple EDM from the top of the charts and bring rock roaring back. Though that's not such an easy task with the denizens of Vinyl City after you.

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Our review notes that No Straight Roads is endearing and rhythmically satisfying, with the game's stages built to fit its soundtrack. If Melody of Memory isn't quite your cup of tea, No Straight Roads is well worth checking out. 

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Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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The Kingdom Hearts series has plenty of fantastic music, so why not make make a rhythm game out of it?

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With that question in mind, that's exactly what Square Enix did with Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, an absolute treat for fans of the Disney-Final Fantasy hybrid. Featuring 143 songs, "almost every entry in the franchise" is covered here. 

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We gave Melody of Memory a solid 8 for its "celebration of the wider series, solid rhythm mechanics, and excellent soundtrack." All said, Melody of Memory is well worth the price of admission, especially for fans of both the series and the genre.

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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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Soccer doesn't always have to be realistic, as proven in the Captain Tsubasa manga and games series. It just so happens that Rise of New Champions has two in-depth story modes and affords players the ability to create their own characters. It's more arcade-style than, say, FIFA 20, and a whole lot flashier.

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Learn more about Rise of New Champions in our review, where we said it "is legitimately the best arcade sports title to come out since Rocket League."

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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

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ESRB: T
Price: $59.99
Buy it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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Sometimes a little hack n' slack musou action goes a long way, and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has plenty of it. A prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, this game explores Hyrule 100 years before that game. 

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Featuring 18 playable characters and plenty of main and side-mission content, Age of Calamity makes the most of its world, setting, and combat systems. 

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We praised the game in our review, saying it is an "expansive take on Breath of the Wild's Hyrule and its people," and that is has "engaging combat [with] lots of character and playstyle variety." It's worth checking out. 

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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

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ESRB Rating: T
Price: $39.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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An action-platformer, farming hybrid, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is surprisingly robust for something that appears so simple. Despite that, Sakuna is a deceptively deep game with realistic farming mechanics, so much so that a guide to growing real rice on the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishery website is applicable to the game!

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You can read more about Sakuna and its intricacies in our review, in which it netted a perfect 10 for a "solid plot, with touching character stories, unexpected twists, and a fun riff on mythology," as well as an "incredibly detailed and rewarding farm system."

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Paper Mario: The Origami King

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ESRB: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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Paper Mario: The Origami King is the latest entry in the popular Paper Mario series, and it may be one of the best. Featuring a fantastic world and fun mechanics, this is a game that Switch owners can't afford to miss out on, even if it's a bit light on more traditional RPG systems. 

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In our review, we said that "despite a combat system that gets old quickly, Paper Mario: The Origami King's writing, puzzles, and worldbuilding make it the best entry since The Thousand-Year Door.

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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Three of Mario's most iconic 3D adventures are bundled in this one release. Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64), Super Mario Sunshine (Gamecube), and Super Mario Galaxy (Wii). With their powers combined, they are one of the best buys on the Nintendo Switch.

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But it's only available until March 31, 2021! Nintendo will be pulling the limited-time release from shelves and storefronts then.

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None of these games have changed much from their original versions in this release; some of the more persnickety issues exist, but they also come alongside the same charm that's made these games timeless. Read more about them in our review

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Hades

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ESRB Rating: T
Price: $24.99
Get it on: Nintendo eShop

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One of the biggest action roguelikes to hit PC in years, Hades offers fans of the genre an endlessly perilous journey, as well as a wealth of modifiers and game modes for dedicated players to tinker and struggle with. Now, it's on the Nintendo Switch.

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If you or someone you know enjoys the roguelike genre, Hades is essentially a must-play. It didn't win Indie Game of the Year at this year's Golden Joystick Awards for nothing. 

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Read more about this visually stunning and engrossing roguelite in our review, which granted Hades a perfect 10 for "top-quality story, gameplay, music, and art direction; hours and hours of excitement and adrenaline; and plenty of humor and snark to keep you laughing."

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Ys Origin

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ESRB Rating: T
Price: $19.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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A story-driven action RPG, Ys Origin offers a narrative split between three characters and a whole lot of adventure. Fighting your way through the Darm Tower, and solving puzzles along the way, makes for one of the best experiences on the Nintendo Switch to date, even if it is a re-release of a 2006 title that's found its way to the PC, PS4, Vita, and Xbox One over the years.

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You can read more about this fluid action RPG in our review.

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Disgaea 4 Complete+

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ESRB: T
Price: $49.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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One of the most robust entries in the long-running strategy game series yet, Disgaea 4 Complete+ adds additional scenarios, higher-level spells, new features taken from Disgaea 5, and even a map editor to Disgaea 4. Of course, this all comes on top of hundreds of hours of gameplay if you get into the sweet grinding groove.

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You can read more about this strategy gaming feast in our review, where we said "Disgaea 4 Complete+ is the definitive version of the game, with upgrades galore, tons of content to get lost in, and one of the strongest casts in the series."

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Pikmin 3 Deluxe

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ESRB Rating: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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As part of one of the cutest real-time strategy series around, Pikmin 3 Deluxe has players grow, assemble, and order hordes of cute little Pikmin across a strange world, all in an effort to get back to your ship and make your way home. It takes some creative thinking to push your little Pikmin to victory, but it's immensely rewarding when you do so.

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Pikmin 3 Deluxe offers both single-player and multiplayer co-op for its campaign and other modes, making it the perfect addition to your library if you're looking for something cute, fun, quirky, and playable with friends. 

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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ESRB: E
Price: $59.99
Get it on: Amazon (physical), eShop (digital)

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No list of essential Nintendo Switch games would be complete without one of 2020's most-defining and culturally-important games. Of course, we're talking about Animal Crossing: New Horizons. When friends and family couldn't meet in person because of a global pandemic, AC:NH was there to bring us all together.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons has an addicting, seemingly endless to-do list that keeps players coming back day after day, month after month. Exploration, crafting, decorating your little island house — there's so much to do. The game has even steadily added unique content and events since its release in March. 

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Read our review for more on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, where we said "New Horizons is bursting with personality and charm, with opportunities to create something new and completely you."

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The Nintendo Switch library just keeps growing and giving, with each year bringing more stellar games to the handheld-console hybrid. Years past have given fans the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Super Mario Maker 2Pokemon Sword and Shield, and other fantastic third-party titles such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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2020 has kept up that trend. 

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Some of the best games on the console yet have released this year, from platformers and action titles to JRPGs and roguelites. In this list, we've included some of the most essential games and best buys in the 2020 Nintendo switch library, all in the spirit of keeping you warm and toasty this holiday season. 

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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Review — Rise to the Top! https://www.gameskinny.com/57mgl/captain-tsubasa-rise-of-new-champions-review-rise-to-the-top https://www.gameskinny.com/57mgl/captain-tsubasa-rise-of-new-champions-review-rise-to-the-top Thu, 03 Sep 2020 16:36:56 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions has been on my radar since it was announced. The reveal trailer was slick and instantly called to mind memories of games like FIFA Street, NFL Blitz, and Super Mario Strikers. It's been years since a truly, truly great arcade sports title came out, so I was cautiously excited about what Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions could bring to the table, despite my general concerns with some of Bandai Namco's more recent anime titles.

Luckily, Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions doesn't just score, it scores big.

Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Review — Rise to the Top!

Captain Tsubasa may not have the name recognition that other Bandai Namco-adapted anime series have, but that doesn't make it any less important. Since its inception in the early 1980s, the show has been massively influential both in Japan and worldwide, and is, at least in part, responsible for inspiring the professional soccer careers of superstars like James Rodriguez, Andres Iniesta, and Lionel Messi.

It was, and still is, a big deal, which means that there's a lot to live up to here.

The first thing you'll likely want to do upon starting up the game is to play through Episode Tsubasa, one of the game's two story modes. This mode operates as a tutorial (albeit an incomplete one) on the game's systems under the guise of the player leading Nankatsu MS to their third consecutive title.

By the end, you'll have learned how to dribble, pass, change tactics, tackle, and pull off special shots, passes, and saves. That said, there's a fair amount that the mode doesn't teach you, and it's a bit surprising that things like combo passes and shots aren't even mentioned in the mode, instead relegated to a separate tutorial menu.

That's my only gripe with Episode: Tsubasa, though. It's the perfect balance of exposition and action, and the Dynamic Action Demo system that plays flashy cutscenes as the player performs certain actions in certain situations makes each match feel appropriately over-the-top and heart-pounding. 

Team Play

Matches themselves feel fluid and responsive, even on the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode, and the way that the developers adapted the anime into a soccer title deserves a lot of praise.

The game controls a lot like Super Mario Strikers, in fact. You have a "spirit" meter that allows you to dash and tackle, as well as pull off dribble moves and special shots, blocks, and passes. There's also a "V-Zone" meter that charges over time and can be cashed in to give your team a significant boost.

Shots and passes can be charged to give them special effects, although charging them makes you susceptible to a tackle. 

Ballhandling itself deserves special mention as well, because possession showdowns are at the heart of this game. There are two different ways to challenge for possession, and two different ways to defend against them.

A dribble move will defend against a normal challenge, and a dash will defend against a slide or a special tackle. This means that there's a lot of split-second decision-making that goes into every single challenge, which in turn can lead to huge dividends either offensively or defensively, since consecutive evasions lead to stat boosts.

Because you never directly control the goalie (apart from causing them to dive when they're out of position, or activating a super save), the way that scoring works bears mentioning as well. As long as the goalie is facing down a shot in position and has a bit of spirit left in the meter, any shot will be blocked.

The key to scoring is either to draw the goalie out of position with an expert cross or to bombard them with powerful shots until all of their spirit is expended saving them. It's a different way of going about the actual scoring process, and it may not be for everyone, but it worked for me.  

Suffice it to say, there's a lot going on under the hood to support the flashy shots and saves in every match. Competitive play is intense and satisfying, and tactics are key.

A New Hero

The second of the game's two story modes allows you to create your own anime soccer avatar and rise through the ranks either as a defender, a midfielder, or a forward. That said, this mode is almost like three story modes in one, as you get to choose between three different soccer clubs in which to start your career. There's a lot of replayability here, especially for fans of the original series.

This mode is very, very deep as well. The goal is to max out your player's stats by performing well, while at the same time collecting friendship cards and leveling them up in order to learn moves and skills from your peers and rivals through cute cutscenes that have your created player interacting with legends from the franchise.

Once you finish, your custom character's stats will be locked, and they'll be available for use in a game mode where you can create your own custom dream team and compete online. 

That mode operates kind of like a watered-down FIFA Ultimate Team, but for an arcade title, the concept works well (and is thankfully free of microtransactions.) You'll unlock players as you progress through the game instead of unlocking them through card packs. And though, yes, there are randomized card packs in the game, those packs are full of friendship cards that are used to give your created player better moves.

To prevent teams from getting too overpowered, there's a max player "cost" per team, meaning you can't just stack your dream team with studs; there has to be a balance.

Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Review — The Bottom Line

Pros
  • The Dramatic Action Demo system is a ton of fun
  • The game looks and plays in a wonderful, true-to-the-show way
  • The flash is backed up by the ability to delve deep into complex tactics and customization
Cons
  • Episode: Tsubasa doesn't teach you absolutely everything you need to know about the game
  • Long load times

Try as I might, I simply cannot find much to dislike about this game, other than the fact that I wish the tutorials weren't buried, and that the game really takes a long time to load at certain points.

For fans of the franchise, there's a lot to love. Unlockable scenes from the anime flood the collection menu, and it's stuffed with player biographies and music as well. For newcomers, the game represents an ideal starting place. You don't really need any context to love everything the game has to offer.

The simple, easy truth here is that if you're craving an arcade soccer game, you really should buy Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions. It plays like a spiritual successor to Super Mario Strikers: Charged, and that is about the best compliment I could give to a sports title. 

I can only hope that early Twitter hype for this game translates into demand not just for a sequel, but for more games like this to be made. Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions' love for soccer is infectious, and because of that, it's a game that will either have you wearing a big goofy grin as you pull off an expert cross-header-combo, or staring unblinkingly at the screen as you attempt to claw back the lead in an intense multiplayer match.

What more could you ask for?

[Note: Bandai Namco provided the copy of Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions used for this review.]

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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions — Unlock All Dramatic Action Demo Scenes https://www.gameskinny.com/jowoq/captain-tsubasa-rise-of-new-champions-unlock-all-dramatic-action-demo-scenes https://www.gameskinny.com/jowoq/captain-tsubasa-rise-of-new-champions-unlock-all-dramatic-action-demo-scenes Thu, 03 Sep 2020 17:18:21 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New ChampionsEpisode Tsubasa story mode tracks the titular Captain Tsubasa as he and Nankatsu MS battle for a record third national championship, and it's full of the requisite over-the-top anime tropes thanks to the DAD system unique to the mode. And of course, if you're a fan, you'll want to know how to find and unlock them all.

DAD stands for Dramatic Action Demo, and they are flashy scenes that play during Episode Tsubasa matches if certain conditions are met. They each have different effects, whether they result in a turnover, a perfect pass, or even an automatic goal.

Read on to learn how to unlock them all!

A yellow tiger emerges from an explosion next to a striker on the soccer field.

Vs. Otomo MS
  • DAD 01: As Tsubasa, approach Urabe while you have possession.

  • DAD 02: After you score a goal, allow Nitta to carry the ball into Nankatsu's defensive third of the field.

  • DAD 03: This one's tougher. In the second half, Urabe will pass the ball to Nitta, who will attempt (and fail) to sink his Falcon Shot twice. If you allow Urabe to try a third long pass to Nitta, the DAD will play, and you'll unlock the Falcon Volley Shot as well.
Vs. Azumaichi MS
  • DAD 04: As Tsubasa, approach Soda while you have possession.

  • DAD 05: Score a second-half goal. You'll see a scene about how Soda's going to modify his Razor Shot. Then, allow Soda to possess the ball in Nankatsu's defensive third about 10 minutes into the second half. Soda must have attempted a Razor Shot at least once.
Vs. Hanawa MS
  • DAD 06: After the Triangle Shot cutscene, allow one of the Tachibana twins to possess the ball a little bit past midfield.

  • DAD 07: This one happens automatically at the beginning of the second half.

  • DAD 08: After two successful Skylab Hurricanes, let a Tachibana twin possess the ball a little bit past midfield again, around 15 minutes into the second half.
Vs. Hirado MS
  • DAD 09: As Tsubasa, approach Jito while you have possession.

  • DAD 10: As Tsubasa, approach Jito while you have possession again. Jito must have scored a goal in the match.

  • DAD 11: Jito must have scored 3 total goals in the first half, and Nankatsu must not have scored for this scene to play automatically at the beginning of the second half.

  • DAD 12: Possess the ball with Tsubasa and approach midfield. Ensure that Jito is in front of you, and let loose with a Drive Shot.

  • DAD 13: Possess the ball with Tsubasa and approach midfield. Ensure that Jito is in front of you, and let loose with a Drive Shot again.
Vs. Furano MS
  • DAD 14: Score a goal, and allow Matsuyama to possess the ball at midfield while Furano's V-Zone is active.

  • DAD 15: With the game tied, or with Furano leading by one goal, enter Furano's defensive third as Tsubasa late in the second half of the game.
Vs. Toho Academy
  • DAD 16: This one plays automatically as the match begins.

  • DAD 17: Allow Hyuga to score, and Toho's goalie will point-blank ask you to unleash a Drive Shot in a cut-in. Do so in the second half to unlock DAD 17.

  • DAD 18: After unlocking DAD 17, allow Hyuga to possess the ball in Nankatsu's defensive third of the field.

  • DAD 19: Allow Hyuga to score in the second half, then approach him with Tsubasa while Hyuga has possession.

  • DAD 20: After unlocking DAD 19, ensure the score is either tied or that Toho is up 1 point. Allow Hyuga to steal the ball from Tsubasa and approach the Nankatsu goal.

  • DAD 21: After unlocking DAD 20, use the Drive Shot about 20 minutes into the second half.

  • DAD 22: Ensure that the game is tied so that it goes to stoppage time. Allow Tsubasa to lose the ball on Toho's side of the field, then recover possession and give the ball to Ishizaki.

  • DAD 23: Ensure that by the second half of stoppage time, Nankatsu is in the lead. Allow Hyuga to possess the ball in Nankatsu's defensive third around 3 minutes into the second half of stoppage time.

That's it on unlocking all of the Dramatic Action Demo scenes (DAD scenes) in Captain Tsubasa, Rise of New Champions.

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Captain Tsubasa Release Date Trailer, Special Edition Info Hit the Pitch https://www.gameskinny.com/o41kd/captain-tsubasa-release-date-trailer-special-edition-info-hit-the-pitch https://www.gameskinny.com/o41kd/captain-tsubasa-release-date-trailer-special-edition-info-hit-the-pitch Tue, 26 May 2020 12:40:53 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Bandai Namco's Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions finally has a release date. The arcade-style soccer game will launch for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on August 28, some 10 years after the last Captain Tsubasa game released for consoles.

Aside from news of the game's release date, there's a number of Captain Tsubasa special editions on offer as well. Here's what they contain:

Captain Tsubasa Standard Edition
  • Includes full game only
Captain Tsubasa Deluxe Edition
  • Full game
  • Character pass with nine DLC characters added to the already full Captain Tsubasa roster.
  • Bonus champions' uniforms, including V. Jump collaboration uniform
Captain Tsubasa Collector's Edition
  • Full game
  • Tsubasa Ozora figurine
  • Artboard
  • Steelbook
  • Collectible laminated cards
  • Collector's box
  • Embroidered badges
  • All DLC from the deluxe edition
Captain Tsubasa Champions Edition

The Captain Tsubasa Champions Edition includes everything from the collector's edition, plus a special customized soccer jersey.

Captain Tsubasa Legends Edition

And finally is the Captain Tsubasa Legends Edition, which is everything from the Champions Edition plus a fully customized, full-sized soccer/Foosball table from noted table manufacturer Rene Pierre.

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At the time of writing, it's not completely certain whether pre-orders are actually open yet or where. The editions are only mentioned on Bandai Namco's European website, but the links to actually pre-order Captain Tsubasa don't lead to a product page.

We enjoyed our time with Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions quite a bit when we got the chance to preview it a while back, and we're looking forward to seeing the final product in all its glory.

For now, you can check out the special editions on Bandai Namco's Europe site. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions news as it develops.

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Reach for the Stars in Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions New Hero Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/vahlg/reach-for-the-stars-in-captain-tsubasa-rise-of-new-champions-new-hero-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/vahlg/reach-for-the-stars-in-captain-tsubasa-rise-of-new-champions-new-hero-mode Mon, 09 Mar 2020 18:06:05 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions lets you do more than just play action-packed anime soccer. There's a mode in the arcade-style soccer game called New Hero Mode that lets you experience a story, build friendships with your favorite teammates, and compete to join the best of the best on the All-Star Team.

You'll start your journey by creating your avatar, and you'll also have to choose which school you'll join. There are three to pick between, each with their own special strengths and students to bond with:

  • Furano Middle School of Hokkaido 
  • Toho Academy in Tokyo
  • Musashi Middle School

The first stage of the journey involves going up against Tsubasa Ozora's team from Nankatsu Middle School and then moving on to compete and earn your spot in Japan's All-Star League.

Along the way, you'll be making friends with your favorite teammates to increase your friend ranks and learn about their various backgrounds in the process.

Bandai Namco promises dramatic stories and different outcomes based on which school you choose. If you raise your friend rank above a certain level, you'll also get a chance to learn that friend's special skill and ability.

You can check out the full details on Bandai Namco Europe's website.

We still don't have a release date for Captain Tsubasa on Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champion news as it comes enters the pitch.

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Meet Your Teammates in Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/hfv9r/meet-your-teammates-in-captain-tsubasa-rise-of-new-champions-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/hfv9r/meet-your-teammates-in-captain-tsubasa-rise-of-new-champions-trailer Wed, 19 Feb 2020 11:36:40 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is Bandai Namco's arcade soccer adaptation of the popular Captain Tsubasa manga. While we wait for an actual release date for the PlayStation 4, Steam, and Nintendo Switch, Bandai's released an action-packed trailer highlighting some of the main characters you'll take the field with.

There's Shun Nitto, the Falcon Shooter, and Ace Killer Makoto Soda. Kojiro Hyuga the Fierce Tiger makes an appearance as well, alongside Hiroshi Jito, the Powerful Defender.

All this probably means very little to someone unfamiliar with the manga. It's been over 10 years since we last got a Captain Tsubasa console game, after all. But each of these characters' special names relate to their unique skills used on the field.

And that's where Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions sets itself apart from other soccer games. The controls are basic enough for anyone to pick up, and each character has a special skill and ability that activates under certain conditions depending on the match and where the character is on the field.

Unlike Super Mario Strikers, where a special move basically meant you lose a goal whatever you do, skills in Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions are also used to block goals. So, on top of normal soccer gameplay, you'll be balancing your Spirit Gauge (used to pull of skills and moves) and wielding offensive and defensive special skills to try and get the edge over your opponents.

Anime sports games are surprisingly thin on the ground right now. We already think this one is going to be big, so we'll be watching it closely in the coming months. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions news as it develops.

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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is the Next Big Arcade Sports Game https://www.gameskinny.com/qlmyr/captain-tsubasa-rise-of-new-champions-is-the-next-big-arcade-sports-game https://www.gameskinny.com/qlmyr/captain-tsubasa-rise-of-new-champions-is-the-next-big-arcade-sports-game Fri, 24 Jan 2020 06:00:01 -0500 Jason Coles

Much to the surprise of basically everyone, Bandai Namco announced that Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is one of the many anime titles that they'll be bringing over to us loving weebs in the West. That's us who are loving and weebs, not those of us who love weebs... 

Anyway, Captain Tsubasa, for those not familiar with the title, is an anime/manga all about football. That's the U.K. version of football, not the U.S. one with the plate armor, impenetrable rules, and the hut-hut hooray thing. The game focuses on the titular character, Tsubasa Oozara, a football prodigy who goes from schoolyard football all the way into the professional leagues. 

Flashy Football

One of the game's biggest draws is the incredibly absurd special moves that the footballers perform. You get these flashy sequences where the power of a tiger is put into the football and the sheer force of it knocks the goalkeeper into the net with the ball in their hands. It's absurd, and that's what makes it great. 

The game aims to keep that same feeling. It's a full football match, with 11 players on each side. Each of these characters has their own strengths and weaknesses, and each of them has to be used to pull out a win. It's genuinely tough to begin with, which could be good news for those of you who love a challenge.

Spirit Bomb

You've got all your normal moves like passing, dribbling, and shooting, but you've also got some anime-specific stuff. Each character has a Spirt Bar, which effectively serves as your MP. You can dip into it to do special dashes, brutal tackles, and the fantastical supershots that give you all the power of a tiger and defy all of the laws of physics. 

You can also sync up two of your characters to pinball the football between them while they advance up the field and make it into prime shooting position. There's a lot to learn at first, but once everything clicks, it feels incredibly fun, and that's coming from someone who hasn't played a football game in years. 

This isn't a sim game, this is an arcade game. It's one designed for those who either love the anime itself or those who are simply looking for a good time. It almost feels reminiscent of the old days of football games  the FIFA 98 days  where everything was just a little bit broken, and you could score from the halfway line if you were lucky enough. 

Fly Like An Eagle 

Of course, you can't score from the halfway line here; the goalkeepers are too damn good. They have the Spirit Bar too, but it almost serves as an HP bar for them. If they've got a lot of spirit, then it's highly unlikely that you'll get a shot past them. You need to be persistent and lower their spirit with a flurry of shots or a few well-placed incredibly powerful ones. You can still get lucky if you've positioned yourself right, but getting a shot past — or through — these goalies is a genuine challenge. 

Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions. It's not necessarily the kind of game I'd normally play. However, it's actually a lot of fun.

The mix of arcade action and sim-like strategy combine to make this wonderful little amalgam of football (soccer, there, you get it once) that plays unlike anything else. It also looks great, and it genuinely had me laugh out loud at some of the pure absurdity it puts you through.

Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is set to release sometime this year on PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. Watch out! It could well be the next big arcade sports game. 

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