Video Games


World Cup Soccer

a.k.a. Sega Soccer / World Cup Italia '90 / World Championship Soccer / Soccer / ワールドカップサッカー

created and published by Sega in 1989-07-29, running on Mega Drive
type: sport
perspective: bird's-eye
player options: single player, shared-screen
languages: eng

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Personal review
At the time of its release this was probably the best console soccer game. But that doesn't automatically mean the game is brilliant. It's a playable and fast action soccer game, including a world cup tournament mode, but it somehow lacks strategic depth and realistic physics. Homecomputer soccer games like "Microprose Soccer", "Emlyn Hughes International Soccer" or "Kick Off" couldn't be beaten by this game in my opinion.

# 2007-12-12 23:18:19
Official description
Here it is! The ultimate soccer game. One grand stadium, twenty-four international teams and enough fierce competition to make your blood boil. That is, if you've got any interest in beating the odds and grabbing the World Cup as your very own prize. To win won't be easy since qualifying is a must before you're allowed to take on the best of the bunch for spirited soccer play. But to prepare yourself, try a few practice games to master your weaknesses and improve your strengths. Then you'll be ready to qualify against the six separate groups of teams, all vying for a spot in the Final Tournament.

Sixteen players are registered on each team, and before a match begins, the starting eleven are selected. To help you select the team of your choice, each team's offensive and defensive strengths are represented in numerical value. Naturally, your offensive and defensive strengths will help you decide. If you're quick to dribble, but slow to tackle, you'll probably want a team that's stronger on defense. It's up to you, so go for the gusto and earn the right to carry the Cup!
# 2006 - official description
Technical specs
display: raster
Editor note
Also included in Mega Games I (Triple Score: 3 Games in 1 in the USA), UPC 010086017021, released in 1993 and published by Sega, that included Super Hang-On, World Cup Italia '90 / World Cup Soccer and Columns.

Also included in Mega Games 6 Vol. 3 (aka Mega 6 Vol. 3), released in 1995 in Europe and published by Sega, rated ELSPA-3, that included Super Monaco GP, Sega Soccer, Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage, Revenge of Shinobi and Columns.

Also included in Mega Games 6 Vol. 2 (aka M6 Vol. 2, or Six Pack in Germany), released in Europe in 1995 and published by Sega, rated ELSPA-3, that included World Cup Italia '90, Super Hang-On, Super Monaco GP, Columns, Alien Storm and Super Thunder Blade.

Also included in Mega Games 6 (aka m6 or Mega Games 6 Vol. 1), released in Europe in 1995 and published by Sega, rated ELSPA-3, that included World Cup Italia '90, Super Hang-On, Columns, Streets of Rage, The Revenge of Shinobi and Golden Axe.

Alson included in Sega Top Five (aka Mega Games 5-in-1), released in Brazil in 1997 and published by Tec Toy, that included Sega Soccer, Super Thunder Blade, Super Monaco GP, Shadow Dancer and Flicky.

Also included in Sega Top Ten, released in Brazil and published by Tec Toy, that included World Cup Soccer, Super Hang-On, Shapes and Columns, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Sonic the Hedgehog, Shadow Dancer, Flicky, Super Monaco GP and California Games.
# 2013-02-11 07:18:22
External reviews (8) - average: 75.1% - median: 79%
review sourcecountryissuedatescore   
Aktueller Software Markt (ASM)de361989-1111/1291%
C&VG (Computer & Video Games) 85+uk951989-1083/10083%
Mean Machinesuk201992-0564/10064%
Power Playde211989-1276/10076%
Sega Poweruk161991-0345/10045%
Tilt 39-113fr811990-0915/2075%
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