Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions (キャプテン翼 RISE OF NEW CHAMPIONS) is a game developed by Tamsoft and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam).

Description[edit | edit source]

Released on August 27 in Japan and in August 28 worldwide in 2020, the game counts with Japanese voice-overs and localized in eight languages (English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Arabian, Portuguese, and Chinese).

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

A new Captain Tsubasa game is here, ten years after the release of the previous console game! Captain Tsubasa is a manga masterpiece, globally beloved even now in 2020. The new console game will be released as an arcade football game. Everyone can enjoy exchanging super plays against rivals with up to date graphics!

Story[edit | edit source]

The game, as told by game producer Katsuaki Tsuzuki, has two-story modes: The first one is Episode of Tsubasa, and the second one is Episode of New Hero.

Tsubasa New Hero
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Episode of Tsubasa[edit | edit source]

In Episode of Tsubasa, things will stay true to the original material. In this mode, the player follows Nankatsu Middle School through the National middle school tournament, facing Otomo, Hanawa, Azumaichi, Hirado, Furano and Toho.

Schools Japan Junior
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Germany Junior Brazil Junior
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Episode of New Hero[edit | edit source]

In Episode of New Hero, the focus is on the new U-16 World Cup. George Cardinal, founder of a global IT company, becomes a sponsor for a new tournament — the "Junior Youth World Challenge", meant to be held in the United States, which also has its own U-16 team. That being said, according to producer Katsuaki[1]: "we still wanted the player choices to be meaningful, that's why we implemented different ramifications that can slightly change the original story, depending on the player's actions". Other teams such as Ismail Senghor's Senegal, and Brian Cruyfford's Netherlands will also make an appearance. According to the game analysis, the victories and defeats will count when it comes to unlocking and influencing the events of the story, which will help us to have a much more varied development than usual games based on anime licenses like this one.

Players in this mode create an original character who is a first-year at either Musashi, Furano or Toho. Each of the three available schools has their own fully voiced storyline as they play through the Junior Hero League to determine members of the Japanese team that plays at the tournament. After a one-half intra-squad scrimmage, the team plays six league games. Opponents for the first three games may be Minamiuwa, Meiwa Higashi, Hanawa, Otomo, Hirado and/or Azumaichi, while the last three opponents are the other two available schools and then Nankatsu. At the World Junior Youth Challenge, Japan then has scrimmages against Germany (with only the second half playable) and then either England or Uruguay before group stage games againt Italy, the Netherlands and Senegal, followed by a quarterfinal against Argentina, a semifinal against France and then the final against either Germany (the regular route, which is the only one available on the first playthrough), Brazil or the United States.

Episode 0[edit | edit source]

This is a series of web novel that serves as the prologues of various U-16 national teams participating in the Junior Youth World Challenge: United States, Senegal, France, Italy, Germany, Brazil and Japan.

Teams[edit | edit source]

Schools Schools U-16 teams U-16 teams

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

After each game in Episode: New Hero, players are rated on their Shooting, Dribbling, Passing, Tackling, Blocking and Intercepting, and their results determine how much their attributes grow. They may also obtain conversation scenes and new Moves (including signature moves) and Skills by appealing to both teammates and opponents and increasing Friendship Rank. The team as a whole is also rated, which determines teammate growth.

After each Episode: New Hero game, the Juniors' Gauge is also increased based on results. Filling it grants a large amount of Bonus Ability Points that can be spent however the player wishes and also grants the character a Training Skill that can boost growth (for example, Relentless Attacker, which increases the Ability Points earned when the team wins by at least 3 goals). The gauge has different names and conditions for Successes and Great Successes based on the created character's school:

  • If Toho, the gauge is called the Pride Gauge and fills quicker with large margins of victory (2 for Success, 4 for Great Success).
  • If Furano, the gauge is called the Unity Gauge and fills quicker with high team ranks (B Overall for Success, S Overall for Great Success).
  • If Musashi, the gauge is called the Genius Gauge and fills quicker with high individual ratings in certain categories. Before each game, the character is given "Misugi's Personal Matters", a choice of three categories to pick from to be evaluated on, and the grades required for Success and Great Success.

As a general rule, obtaining higher-level Moves and Skills requires Appeal Missions, which involve both a certain Friendship Rank with a character and fulfilling another condition such as recording a high rank in a certain category a number of times with that character. Furthermore, obtaining characters' best techniques such as Tsubasa's Neo Drive Shot require Special Missions involving both both very high (if not S) Friendship Rank and completing a specific challenge in a match.

Story Challenges[edit | edit source]

In Episode of New Hero, there are a set of challenges known as Story Challenges that offer rewards such as extra Play Points that players can use for Friendship Cards, training items or customization parts like boots, hairstyles and emblem parts. Some also produce guaranteed cinematic goals or saves and some will even allow characters to learn Super Shots.

Story Challenge List
No. Match and Opponent
Starring Allies Starring Opponents Starring Neutrals
Description Conditions Rewards
3 2nd Group Stage match vs. Netherlands.png Netherlands
Jun Misugi
Ken Wakashimazu
Tsubasa Ozora
Taro Misaki
Brian Cruyfford
Johan Rensenbrink
Ruud Klismann
Leon Dick
Getting to play against his idol's country, Misugi takes on the player who inherited his idol's number.
  • Trigger a cutscene with Cruyfford during the match.
  • Use Full Power Play in the second half while the game is tied.
5 3rd Group Stage match vs. Senegal.png Senegal
Hikaru Matsuyama
Tsubasa Ozora
Kojiro Hyuga
Makoto Soda
Ismail Senghor
Moussa Malick Diallo
Seeing Senegal rally around Senghor, Matsuyama is reminded about Furano rallying around him and each other and draws inspiration.
  • Score in the second half.
  • Get Matsuyama the ball while Senegal is using Raging Whirlwind.
8 Semifinal vs. France.png France
Shun Nitta
Hanji Urabe
With the stakes hardly able to get any higher, the two Otomo representatives for Japan reprise a trick from the Shizuoka Regional Finals against Nankatsu with a twist.
  • Have both Nitta and Urabe in the game at the end of the first half of extra time.
  • Get Urabe the ball in the defensive third while France is using Conqueror.
  • Cinematic goal
  • 1200 P
  • "Sonic" Title
11 Final vs. Germany.png Germany (Normal Route)
Yuzo Morisaki Karl Heinz Schneider Italy.png Gino Hernandez
Frustrated with not being up to Wakabayashi and Wakashimazu's level, Morisaki gets tough coaching from Hernandez and uses it to redeem himself from an earlier scrimmage.
  • Trigger an Extra Event with Morisaki and Hernandez by increasing their Friendship Ranks quickly.
  • Schneider has the ball in the defensive third.
  • Cinematic save
  • 1600 P
  • "Doomsday" Title
12 Final vs. Brazil.png Brazil (Brazil Route)
Kazuki Sorimachi None Germany.png Manfred Margus
Germany.png Franz Schester
Struggling to find his place in the team as he finds himself playing with and against more skilled players, Sorimachi gets coaching and inspiration from Margus and Schester, who often find themselves in complementary roles.
  • Trigger an Extra Event with Sorimachi, Margus and Schester by increasing their Friendship Ranks quickly.
  • Have Sorimachi assist twice and score once or assist three times in the final.
  • 3000 P
  • "Hero" Title
19 Final vs. USA.png United States (America Route)
Ken Wakashimazu Blake Martin Brazil.png Keizinho
Wakashimazu bonds with Keizinho over martial arts training and uses what he learns to redeem himself from an earlier scrimmage.
  • Trigger an Extra Event with Wakashimazu and Keizinho by increasing their Friendship Ranks quickly.
  • Blake has the ball in the defensive third.
  • Cinematic save
  • 1600 P
  • "Clincher" Title

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions/Gallery

Confirmed U-16 teams

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • According to Katsuaki's answer to 3DJuegos[1], it is not certain if Spain will be added to the game since, at the moment, it is only confirmed that the game will feature only the ten confirmed national teams for the Jr. World Cup. But, anything is possible in the future depending on community feedback, and Bandai Namco will try to see it happen, depending on game reception.
  • The design style will have some reminiscent of Takahashi's manga, but the color palette will be truthful to the 2018 TV series, including the multicolor spikes from some major characters.

External links[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Analysis and Interview from 3DJuegos, in the Spanish language
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Denotes a school who has a story campaign in either Episode of Tsubasa or Episode of New Hero
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