Today, the Inazuma Eleven Fes. 2018, a big event dedicated to Inazuma Eleven Ares, took place in Japan. Nothing has come out of the event yet (no trailer or anything), but Takara Tomy sent a press release about the NFC toys that will be released ahead of the game, this Spring.
First, we have the Eleven Band (a wristband) that was shown during the Level-5 Vision event a couple of years ago. It will be released in Spring in Japan, most likely alongside the anime series itself. There will be 3 different models, and they will cost 5 800 Yen + taxes each. They’re used with “Eleven Licences”: NFC cards sold 300 Yen + taxes. They feature illustrations of the characters from the anime series.
The wristbands will be able to connect with the Inazuma Eleven Ares game. They have various measurement features, and can record your activity for a day. Then, you can transfer the “power” you accumulated throughout the day to the game, but it’s not clear how this will be used yet (stat bonuses for characters? Gauges to fill up to unlock bonuses, with a certain number of steps for example?).
Over 150 characters appear on the wirstband (which is equipped with a tiny screen), including characters from Inazuma Eleven Ares but also popular ones from the previous Inazuma Eleven “eras”. You can actually receive messages from those characters on a daily basis, and you can set a specific character as your favourite in order to “communicate” with them.
Messages received can be about various things: daily special events, weekly events, special events, seasonal events, etc.. Naturally, those events are all tied to the Inazuma Eleven universe (most likely things like characters birthday, for example).
Overall, the Eleven Band has 10 different modes, including activity recording, messages, 4 mini-games, stop watch / timer, watch / calendar, and more. If you want, you can use it as an actual watch!
Back to the Inazuma Licences (the “cards” used with the Eleven Band): there will be several sets, and the first one includes 24 cards. They’re bought in blind packs with just one card inside.
As mentioned above, they feature an illustration of a character, but also some details about them. They can be linked to the game to unlock various bonuses, and they also allow you to make the character on the card appear in-game. You can then have them join your team!
Finally, it looks like those Inazuma Licences will be useable in the upcoming Inazuma Eleven Ares trading card game, to be released at a later date.
Here’s some pictures:
Inazuma Eleven Ares (Switch) comes out this Summer in Japan.