Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Sports adventure blends arcade soccer and action anime.

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Positive Messages

Heavy focus on themes such as friendship, teamwork, working hard toward goals. Origin story details how Tsubasa worked toward his desire to be a great soccer player, and all the friendships and rivalries made along the way. Secondary campaign gives players a chance to follow their own path and be a part of the story as an original character interacting with others from the series.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most characters in series tend to be friendly, helpful. Tsubasa is striving to be the best he can in the sport he loves, but doesn't lose sight of hard work it takes or the fact that, as part of a team, he's part of something bigger than himself.

Ease of Play

Bulk of gameplay takes place on soccer pitch in matches against computer or other players. Game is more of an arcade experience than realistic soccer simulator. Controls are relatively easy to learn, though action can get chaotic on the field, with frantic pass plays that don't always target the right players.


Story mode features a couple of scenes with some mild violence; one scene showing injured character bleeding on forehead. Soccer matches have their fair share of bumps, trips, hits between characters, but nothing outside what might be seen in an actual match. Special moves feature over-the-top effects as if they're a sort of superpower, but even these powerful shots don't cause injury.


Some minor language in dialogue ("damn" and "hell"). Online multiplayer mode could expose younger players to offensive language from teammates in party chat.


Based on popular Japanese manga and anime series. Features extra downloadable content as potential separate purchases.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is a sports adventure game available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows-based PCs. The game is based on the popular Japanese manga and anime series Captain Tsubasa. Players follow the story of soccer prodigy Tsubasa Oozora as he works toward his goal of playing for the world championship. There's also an original story that drops players directly into the story as a new recruit to the team. The main gameplay is arcade-style soccer, with powerful over-the-top moves. There are a few bumps and hits taken by players, similar to the roughness of real-life soccer. The game does feature some mild language in its dialogue, and players could be exposed to other profanity during multiplayer matches via party chat with teammates.

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What's it about?

CAPTAIN TSUBASA: RISE OF NEW CHAMPIONS is a soccer adventure game based on the popular Japanese manga and anime series Captain Tsubasa. The game follows the story of Tsubasa Oozora, a young soccer prodigy with dreams of bringing home the world soccer championship. Tsubasa hones his skills and makes new friends of teammates, mentors, and rivals. A second campaign let's players live out their own dreams of soccer stardom as a new recruit to Tsubasa's team in an original story. While the story takes place behind the scenes, the real action takes place on the pitch in fast-paced, arcade-style soccer gameplay. Players will race down the field, pass the ball between teammates, and line up for the perfect shot on goal. During a game, you'll charge up your spirit gauge and unleash your powerful signature moves to score the winning point. You can play solo or in multiplayer with up to four players in both online and offline matches and multiple game modes. Do you have what it takes to bring home the championship trophy?

Is it any good?

What happens when you combine two of the world's most popular fandoms, soccer and anime? For gamers, the answer is Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions, the sports action game based on the popular Japanese series. The game faithfully re-creates the look and feel of the anime, from the stylized looks of Tsubasa and his teammates to the running commentary in each match to the over-the-top effects of the characters' superpowered signature moves. It almost feels as if gamers are actively playing an episode of the show. Fans of the series should be more than satisfied with the presentation, and newcomers might be swayed enough to seek out the books or the show.

While Rise of New Champions is a faithful re-creation of the anime story, it's still a soccer game at its heart. But the game isn't a deep soccer simulation by any means. This is more of an arcade-style game with simplified controls, quick action, and plenty of outrageous physics-defying moves. While this makes it generally easier to pick up and play, it's not without its issues. For starters, the game's camera makes it difficult to keep track of where teammates are, thereby making fluid pass plays difficult. The targeting isn't the most precise, either, so when you do pass the ball, there's a fair chance it'll go to the wrong player. It's almost as if the game is designed for more one-on-one charges to the goal. In multiplayer games, this isn't such a bad thing, since both teams are on a level playing field. But when things go wrong in multiplayer, it can be particularly frustrating, since losing a match means having to replay the entire event, cutscenes and all, just to make any progress.

Talk to your kids about ...

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  • What are some of the dreams that kids see for themselves in the future, and how can parents help to encourage kids to reach for their goals?

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