It’s up to a class of aspiring superstars to take to the field, go for glory and write the school of Raimon Junior High into the soccer history books. Inazuma Eleven GO is from the makers of Fantasy Life & the Professor Layton series, in Australia and New Zealand for the first time!

Play as the young but talented Arion Sherwind as he begins his soccer career during hard times for Raimon Junior High. Initially Arion just wants to break into the intimidatingly awesome first team captained by his hero, Riccardo Di Rigo. But, bigger problems soon arise when the whole team is threatened with closure on the orders of Fifth Sector, the shadowy governing body intent on controlling soccer.

Before you even think about going near a ball, you’ve got to make a choice between two editions, Light and Shadow. The core content is the same, but there are unique characters, techniques and teams (among other things) to each. Which one will you choose?

After you join the school soccer club, you’ll need to recruit a team – and a ‘good’ one won’t be enough. There are two ways to shape your squad: first, you could thrash another team in a five-a-side Battle, and get a request to join from an opposition player. You could also buy some PalPack Cards from dealers. Think of them as brochures for new players, complete with stats and sign-up requirements. As you play more and more, you can potentially meet over a thousand players, but you only get 16 slots for your team, and just 110 for the entire roster, so pick carefully!

When the time comes to kick off, you’ll find two match types. The first one is an 11-man game that lasts ten minutes, while the other is a surprise, five-a-side bash that gives you a single minute to achieve a specific job, like scoring a goal. You play by using the stylus to move your player up the field, then tap to kick, pass or mark opponents. When you tackle, everything pauses so you can size up your opponent, then use various statistics to plan your play – dodge or tackle.

Special Moves are back, as well. These give each of your players up to six, super-powered, anime-style tricks, which you get during the story or whenever certain players level up. Even better are the brand new Fighting Spirits, which increase players’ statistics and allow for ever more powerful Special Moves to help you get the edge over the opposing team.

When you’re not on the field, you can explore the local area, check things out, and talk to people to get the lowdown on school life. Later on, you’ll be able to go to visit Inazuma town and stop off at places like the Shopping Area or the Royal Academy. It all looks sweet in full 3D, too!

Saving the Raimon Jr. High from Fifth Sector is only part of the package, as there’s a stack of other challenges to tackle. Test your skills against up to three friends in Local Play, including two-on-two matches, or trade players during Story Mode. You can get new characters and items via SpotPass, or use StreetPass to receive other players' team data and play matches against them.

So, if you’re a soccer fan and reckon you’ve got what it takes to put together the very best team from over a thousand players, sign up with Inazuma Eleven GO: Shadow or Inazuma Eleven GO: Light today – game on!

  • Go on an exciting adventure, as new heroes attempt to save youth soccer from a strange organisation

  • Recruit and trade the ultimate soccer team from over a thousand potential players, each with unique stats

  • Utilise powerful Special Moves and new Fighting Spirits to tip the game in your favour

  • Enjoy local multiplayer matches with up to three friends, and take on other players' teams via StreetPass

Game specifications
Release date
Adventure, Role-Playing Game
No. of players
Up to 4 players

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