Famicom Impressions: Captain Tsubasa

I have quite a lot of Famicom games, over 900 unique ones, and when I sometimes search for information about some lesser known titles on the internet it usually won’t give a lot of rewarding results. So I thought I’d start a series where I do short first impressions of all of my Famicom games so people get a feeling of what type of game it is, if it requires Japanese knowledge to play or not, and what the gameplay looks like :) Since I have so many, this will be a long term project XD But hopefully since the reviews will be short I’ll have time to squeeze some in now and then :) So here’s the first in the series of Famicom Impression! :D

Famicom Impressions

So first up is Captain Tsubasa キャプテン翼 (TCF-TP)! Released by Tecmo in 1988. Just looking at the cart I was pretty sure it was a regular sports game, soccer to be exact, but it’s not really.. It’s about playing soccer, and you play soccer, but not like regular sports games where you control the character. This is RPG SOCCER!!! O_o Two of my LEAST favourite genres put together! Ouch…

Instead of steering your character and pushing A or B to dribble or shoot you get menus to choose various actions from. Now if you’re not that familiar with the Japanese language this might prove to be difficult XD I have some basic knowledge since I’ve studied it for 4 years, so I remember how to read Katakana and Hiragana, but I’ve completely forgotten all the Kanjis. Thankfully most 8-bit game menus mainly contain Hiragana or Katakana, but then there’s the issue of also knowing what it means XD I managed to figure this much out:

シュート = Shoot パス = Pass パスカット = Pass cut
マク = Mark キャッチ = Catch うごかない = I have no idea

The only live action you get is when you receive the ball, then you get to run towards the goal, at first I wasn’t even sure which way I was supposed to score XD Another issue with that part is that you also don’t see anything on the map of the field except yourself, so how the hell do I know if I’m not running straight into opposite players?!

Captain Tsubasa running

The game seemed quite unfair in general.. or maybe I just sucked at it.. but it seemed like the opposite team catched every single ball I shot or tried to pass, while they managed to pass and score without any resistance >_<

Here’s a video of my first and most likely only attempt at playing this game:

This really was the worst of two worlds for me.. sports and RPG elements >_< bleh… I don’t recommend it.. unless you’re a hardcore soccer fan who fancies RPG’s and happen to be fluent in Japanese!! Then you might actually enjoy this ^_^

6 thoughts on “Famicom Impressions: Captain Tsubasa

  1. I love this Idea! I’ve had the same problem so many times when searching for info on a game! I absolutely loathe sport games so if I ever get this one I probably will only try it out and then let it fill out the collection! xD I look forward to following your posts about this! ^^

    • Thanks Jenny! :D Hopefully this will be a series I can post about more frequently ^_^
      And yes sports games suck XD I have a whole cabinet filled with Japanese RPGs, sports and strategy games that my buddy Johnny labeled Heidi’s RPG-Prison haha! I only ever tried them out once.. I might have to give them another go just to make a Famicom Impression for them ^_^ so other people will know what to expect before buying ;D

      • Yeah that will be awesome! :D I’ll definitely follow your posts! HAHA xD RPG prison! Great name! I love it! I do however enjoy RPG games but the sports games definitely deserves prison for life x)

      • Haha yes, I should make a sign to put on the door of the cabinet XD
        I know a lot of people appreciate RPGs, I just don’t have the patience for them, I need more action!! :D

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