Inazuma Eleven 2
|Inazuma Eleven 2|
European cover artwork for Inazuma Eleven 2: Firestorm.
|Release date(s)||Nintendo DS|
|Genre(s)||Role-playing video game/sports|
Inazuma Eleven 2 (イナズマイレブン2 脅威の侵略者 Inazuma Irebun 2: Kyoui no Shinryakusha?, lit. "Inazuma Eleven 2: The Threat of the Invader") is a role-playing video game and sports video game for the Nintendo DS developed and published by Level-5. It was released on October 1, 2009 in Japan, and was released on March 16, 2012 in Europe. There are 2 versions of the game, Firestorm (Fire in the Japanese version) and Blizzard.
Both versions of this game were included in an updated re-release compilation titled "Inazuma Eleven 1-2-3: Endo Mamoru's Legend" for the Nintendo 3DS, released on December 27, 2012 exclusively in Japan. This version has never been released outside Japan as of yet.
A direct sequel to the game titled Inazuma Eleven 3: Sekai e no Chousen has been released in Japan for the Nintendo DS. A manga based on the game began serialization in CoroCoro Comic on May 15, 2008, while an anime based on the Inazuma Eleven video game produced by OLM started airing on August 22, 2008.
The main character, Endou Mamoru (Mark Evans in the European version), is a very talented goalkeeper. He plays for his high school's Soccer team called Raimon Junior High School which has just won the Football Frontier. One day, the aliens from Alius Academy, a mysterious school that trains its students into making soccer a tool to destroy other schools, approach and wreck Raimon Junior High, sending Raimon Eleven into a journey to stop the aliens, the soccer team named Gemini Storm, with Raimon Eleven's last gift, the van called Inazuma Caravan. The heroes have to travel around Japan, recruit new players, seek the secret behind the Aliea Academy, and save Japan from being destroyed.
The game is split into two parts: one resembles a RPG, featuring various location that Endou and his team have to explore in order to get new items, face several other players in short casual battles or to advance further in the story. Most of the goals of this part are indicated by a giant purple arrow; the second part is the actual match: using the stylus, the player moves the soccer team around against another team. The player can dodge opponent's attacks, slide tackle to take the ball away, or use a special ability available to the characters they recruited. The result of any of his players actions are determined by seven skills, the player's affinity, and the total number of players participating in an action. Special abilities can only be stopped with other abilities, meaning that they will always win against basic tactics. Super shots and Super keeps however play simultaneously, which means that unlike defending the ball they always consume the Ability bar and at the beginning are determined by the player affinity only.
Players are able to take each other on via wireless mode.
Both Inazuma Eleven 2: Blizzard and Inazuma Eleven 2: FireStorm did not perform quite as well as the first game in the UK market when they entered the Chart Track UK Nintendo DS Full Price Top 40 in the week ending 17 March 2012. The former started off at No.15 and the latter at No.17 and failed to even make the general All Format Top 40 for that week. For reference, the original Inazuma Eleven on Nintendo DS entered the Full Price Nintendo DS UK chart in the week ending 27 August 2011 at No.3, which equated to a No.25 debut position in the Top 40 Entertainment Software (Full Price) list.
UK website Cubed3 scored the game 9/10, with Operations Director Adam Riley claiming, "Level-5 has once more delivered a sterling effort in this addictive series" and that "...anyone that even marginally enjoyed the first title should pick this up without hesitation."
- James Newton (2011-12-13). "Inazuma Eleven 2 Shoots for Europe in 2012". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
- James Newton (2012-02-22). "Europe Scores Inazuma Eleven 2 on 16th March". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
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- "Chart Track UK, Week 34, 2011, All Formats List".
- Adam Riley. "Cubed3's UK Review of Inazuma Eleven 2".