About The Game
Head up your own football team and shoot for the top! Nintendo Pocket Football Club puts you in the manager’s seat at your very own football club, only on Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Can you keep the crowds chanting and guide your pint-sized players from the lower leagues to the wonders of the world stage?
As manager, train up your players and choose your tactics wisely to make the most of their abilities. Once you’re satisfied, send your team forth and watch your decisions play out in matches packed with action – but don’t be afraid to alter your approach if it all starts to unravel before your eyes. Delve deep and show plenty of skill on the sidelines and you could lead them all the way to the glorious treble of the Pro League 1, the Federation Cup and the European Challenge Cup. With enough work, you could even bring the World Club Classic back home!
Win, lose or draw, you’ll earn Training Cards during each match. Between games, use Training Cards to improve your players’ abilities: teach a defender how to tackle, help a midfielder perfect their passes or build a striker’s morale before a crucial match with a relaxing spa treatment. Play your cards right by selecting the right training combination and you could come up with a special technique that scores your player an even bigger boost!
Run your club just the way you want it. Don’t like your kit or emblem? Dye them a new shade and display your new colours with pride. Re-name your team, and even each individual player, to suit you. Check out prospective signings in the transfer market if your team’s lacking in certain areas, then create completely custom formations to focus on your squad’s strengths. You’re the boss in Nintendo Pocket Football Club, only on Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS!
Football management sims have been around for a rather long time now.
On certain formats they still see yearly releases and reasonable sales figures.
Of course Nintendo systems aren't exactly known as the home of the football games even back in the days when they actually got yearly football games (From various series) Football management games on their systems were fairly rare.
So eventually just before the world cup in 2014 Nintendo thought it would be as good a time as any to launch a football management game in their own style.
Finally football fans that played exclusively on Nintendo systems had the sort of game they haven't played in years! (Or in many cases ever)
The map is is easy to navigate to select different areas of the game.
I should probably point out for anyone new to these games you don't actually control any players during games you are purely a spectator and manager.
You'll start of with your team (named by you) in the bottom league and must work your way up with your rag tag crew (that will be the ones you don't sell for new hopefully better players)to the top.
The game has no official licences but it really doesn't need one given you can name your own team anyway.
You'll earn a number f special training cards during every game (friendly or competitive) and it's the use of these cards that may well ultimately set you on the long road to victory or the lowly depths of defeat.
The number of cards you receive per game seems quite random but if your playing against a special team you'll also be given a number of combo cards at the end of a game. (there haven't been any spot pass special teams since the end of the world cup)
Despite a glut of international match weekends for euro 2016 qualifying maybe they'll bring them back for the European championship finals but I have a feeling that it's pretty much an afterthought already.
There are still some special teams you can play without the need for spot pass teams but you have to pay for the privilege given how much the game already costs that might be a bit much to ask for.
We'll probably cover it in a dlc review at some point in future so you can see exactly what you're getting for your money.
Of course if you have the right cards you can still match them together in a training session and create combos that usually hugely improve player ability in various areas depending on the combo played.
Number and types of training cards you'll earn form game to game appears completely random.
The game despite it's semi cutesy look is deep enough to keep many a would be football manager busy for a fair amount of time or at the very least until you've won everything on offer.
How much motivation you have to then continue will largely vary between players.
Street pass is included so you can play against teams of people you meet however despite me getting an average of around 50 street pass hits a week (sometimes over 100) I've only ever had a grand total of 5 street pass hits in almost a year!
I do live in Yorkshire and none of the teams around here are much good so maybe that's got something to do with it.
There is also the option to play online games but I'm not the biggest fan of them personally.
You can't make any subs or changes to the game once it starts so if you go in with the wrong set up you'll be stuck with it until the end of the match.
Overall the game isn't as deep as many modern football sims and players of those games may well dismiss this for it's lack of stats or real life players, teams ect.
But the game should have more than enough depth to satisfy all but the very hardcore management fans.
A goal have we scored?
Easy to pick up and learn
Combo training cards to figure out and unlock.
Enough depth to keep most happy and offer hours of play
Street pass integration.
Online rankings & matches
The fans are chanting surely everything is going well!
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
No official licensing for teams or players (it doesn't really effect the game)
Challenge teams require more money to be spent on the game (given the start price this seems very unfair at worst it should have been play coins not real ones)
Yes okay we lost!
At least it isn't a screen of the time Spain beat me 13-0!!!
I like football management games.
This doesn't have as many stats or options as most of them but that likely makes it far more accessible to it's audience.
If you have a love of football & always fancied yourself as a manager this is a great place to start!
A review copy of the game was purchased by Video Game Legacy and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.