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Nintendo World Cup (NES)

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This soccer game was made at the time when Nintendo introduced their four player adapter, and was probably made for the four playing purpose. This is shown clearly when you choose to play 2 or more players. Then you can choose between many different ground layers, like ice, grass and stone, which adds to the replayability.

When you play a one player game you play the world cup as one of the top soccer countries of that time, and you meet countries in a fixed order. Cameroon in the first match and the final is against West Germany. In an old-school fashion you lose when you play a draw, there's no extra time whatsoever.

In the game you always steer only one character, which you choose before the match starts. You can then give simple orders to you team-mates, like pass, tackle and shoot. Your moves are also limited to these moves. The game is totally lawless, so feel free to make elbow tackles without a wink from the referee. Probably it was made this way to be funnier to play against friends.


Nintendo World Cup NES Dangerous situation!
Nintendo World Cup NES Choose you team.
Nintendo World Cup NES Title screen (Japanese)
Nintendo World Cup NES The 1st match: USA - Cameroon

Alternate Titles

  • "熱血高校ドッジボール部サッカー編" -- Japanese Famicom spelling
  • "Nekketsu Kōkō Soccer-bu: World Cup-hen" -- Japanese Game Boy title
  • "Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball-bu: Soccer-hen" -- Japanese Famicom title
  • "Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball-bu: PC Soccer-hen" -- Japanese PC Engine title
  • "Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball-bu: MD Soccer-hen" -- Japanese Mega Drive title
  • "Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball-bu: CD Soccer-hen" -- Japanese PC Engine CD title

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User Reviews

The lack of realism makes this game great Sean Booth (24) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
The game isn't good, but hell, I had fun with it Pixelspeech (953) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars

The Press Says

1UP! Oct 26, 2002 89 out of 100 89
Retroage Nov 22, 2013 8.3 out of 10 83
Video Games Jun, 1991 56 out of 100 56
Power Play May, 1991 44 out of 100 44
Mean Machines Mar, 1991 33 out of 100 33
The Video Game Critic Aug 15, 2009 D- 16


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The original Japanese release of the game had a storyline and different half-time cinemas that were stripped for the US release.
Andreas Vilén (285) added Nintendo World Cup (NES) on Dec 08, 2003
Other platforms contributed by GTramp (28936), Michael Cassidy (4507), Zovni (9384), gamewarrior (5067) and 雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (52489)