This week's Stiq Figures is courtesy of Joystiq reader MartinLalia, who reminded us about one of the first true sports RPGs, the Famicom version of Captain Tsubasa (sorry, Madden 13). Based on the Japanese manga and anime of the same name from the early 80's, the Captain Tsubasa games spanned multiple generations, each featuring strange turn-based soccer action.
The first game was localized for North American audiences in 1992, released by Tecmo as Tecmo Cup Soccer Game, and underwent a series of sweeping modifications, including changes to the main character. Originally a spiky-black-haired footballer named Captain Tsubasa, the "hero" of the American version of the game was changed to a parted-blond-haired fellow named Robin Field. This NES sports gaming gem did retain the RPG-like gameplay style, as seen in the video of the Japanese version above.