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Soccer Legend Hidetoshi Nakata to Appear in Inazuma Eleven

More wild promotions as Level-5 gears up for Inazuma Eleven 2.


While not at the level of Professor Layton in terms of mainstream popularity, Level-5's second self-published franchise, Inazuma Eleven, has built quite the name for itself since the original was released last August. The franchise now sports a prime time anime and a trading card game. It's also featured in monthly comic book magazine Coro Coro Comics, whose readers Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino said today have selected the upcoming Inazuma Eleven 2 sequel as their most wanted game.

Level-5 detailed its promotional plans for the sequel today during the Level-5 Vision press conference. Hino took the stage to share some of the company's bold plans for the game.

As previously detailed, Inazuma Eleven 2 will be released on October 1. The game will see separate Fire and Blizzard versions, each offering unique moves and player recruits as well as a unique final opponent. Each version will sell for ¥4,980.

Sure to get the most notice in Level-5's promotional plans is a tie-up with soccer legend Hidetoshi Nakata The retired super star will have his likeness appear in the game as a "legendary hero" named Hide Nakata.

In his presentation at the press conference today, Hino said that finding Nakata, who roams Japan for soccer training, will be difficult. However, those who do make the effort will find a powerful player for their team.

According to Dengeki Online, Hino also said during the event that the real Nakata checked up on the dialogue for the in-game Nakata, ensuring authenticity.

Also likely to give Inazuma Eleven 2 mainstream attention is a tie-up with McDonalds. This is a part of Nintendo's Mac de DS program, which has thus far featured tie-ups with Pokemon and Dragon Quest. Those who take their DS with them to McDonalds can look forward to the following content:

  • From 10/2 to 10/22: Those with a copy of Inazuma Eleven 2 can download the Ryuusei Blade special move
  • From 10/23 to 11/5: Those with a copy of Inazuma Eleven 2 can download the Inazuma Spike item
  • For a limited time, players can view color mangas for Inazuma eleven and take an Inazuma Eleven 2 quiz.

Level-5 will be merging reality with fiction for a couple of the game's promotions.

Making quite the impact today at the press conference was a real life version of the Inazuma eleven Caravan, a bus the characters use to travel the country in search of teammates. The real version of this, which was set up just outside the event hall, will travel Japan later this year and offer players a chance to sample the game in advance. Level-5 did not share a specific time frame.

Also making the trip into the real world is Football Frontier, the tournament in which the Inazuma Eleven characters compete. Level-5 will hold a real version of this, although instead of actual soccer, players will compete using Inazuma Eleven 2.

Finally, Level-5 shared theme song details for Inazuma Eleven 2. Fire and Blizzard will both get their own unique opening and closing theme songs, meaning a total of four songs for the game. Fire will have Sugeemaji de Kansha! Super Fire by T-Pistons+KMC as its opening them, and Ryusei Boy by Berryz Koubou as its end theme. T-Pistonz+KMC will also provide the opening, Tunagariyo, for Blizzard, with Nami Miyahara providing the end theme, Aitsu ha Taiyou Boy!

The seven members of Berryz Koubou appeared at the Level-5 Vision press conference today and performed a live song and dance rendition of Ryusei Boy. A single for that will be available on October 28.

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