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Look out FIFA, Captain Tsubasa is coming

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Sports and anime have long been a perfect pair. Now Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is bringing video games into the mix as well and its first trailer is exactly as ridiculous and amazing as you would hope.

Captain Tsubasa players definitely want to kick the soccer ball with their feet and put it in the back of the opposing goal, but they’re using strikes infused with the power of tigers to get it done. According to the game’s announcement from Tamsoft and Bandai Namco Entertainment, it will feature several different modes, though it’s unclear what exactly that means.

Captain Tsubasa is a long-running Japanese manga series following Tsubasa, a kid who was born only to play soccer. Since it was created by Yōichi Takahashi in the early-80s, Captain Tsubasa has had several manga runs, a few different anime adaptations, and well over a dozen video games. Most of the games in the recent past were released on mobile platforms. Rise of the New Champions is the first Captain Tsubasa game to make it to a home console since 2006’s Captain Tsubasa was released on the PlayStation 2.

Captain Tsubasa: Rise of the New Champions will be released sometime in 2020 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.