Words I never thought I'd speak: Inazuma Eleven has been localized for North America and is available now. Yes, during today's Nintendo Direct stream President Satoru Iwata made a surprise announcement that Inazuma Eleven, along with another Level-5 title named Weapon Shop de Omasse, would be launching on the 3DS eShop very soon. In Inazuma Eleven's case he meant right after the presentation. Bless their souls, Level-5 thinks a soccer RPG can succeed in North America.
It isn't just that Inasuma Eleven is a soccer RPG that makes localization such an odd thing, it's that the series was oddly caught up in some legal issues in Japan too. Rarely do legal trouble spell well for legalization. Then, tack on the fact that Inazuma Eleven is six years old now with five sequels. Five sequels! Props to Level-5 for taking us back to the start, rather than throwing us in during the middle.
Weapon Shop de Omasse is another title many figured would never be localized. It's part of the Japanese GUILD-01 bundle that featured four titles made from different developers and put together in one package. The other titles have all been localized already, but the shop RPG somehow fell through the cracks. Then GUILD-02 came out and began to be localized. Weapon Shop de Omasse seemed forgotten.
The lesson we have to learn, I suppose, is that Level-5 wants to localize all of their games. They just take their time doing it. Then one day, when it's cold and seems like no Level-5 game will ever be launched again... boom. Two games in one week.
Inazuma Eleven is now available on the North American and European 3DS eShops for the price of $19.99/€17.99. Weapon Shop de Omasse is a steal, available for only $7.99 / €7.99 / ₤7.19. It, however, will be launching a week from now on February 20.