Three Inazuma Eleven episodes available for free on 3DS eShop

Need to know a little more about soccer RPG Inazuma Eleven beyond its surprise reveal-and-release for North America in this week's Nintendo Direct? The first three episodes of the Inazuma Eleven anime are viewable for free on the 3DS eShop. You can find them in the Videos section of Inazuma Eleven's game listing.

Each episode runs just under 23 minutes, offering a glimpse at goalkeeper Mark Evans' efforts to develop a soccer club for his school. In the initial episodes, Mark meets Axel Blaze, a student specializing in playing soccer's forward position. Axel's skills inspire Mark's ragtag soccer club to train seriously and strive to be better soccer players.

In the game itself, players recruit teammates from over 1,000 different candidates and direct the team through matches using the 3DS touchscreen. If the anime episodes win you over, Inazuma Eleven is available for $19.99 on the 3DS eShop.

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