The lack of realism makes this game great
This is a soccer game where you're allowed to hockey hit other players. That fact in itself makes this game good. It may not be realistic, but the animation of injured players flying through the air is enjoyable. Also, if you hit players enough, they don't get up, so you end up with dead bodies on the field. The bodies left are decent looking though. The cartoonish drawings used in this game and dodgeball are excellent. Also, the gameplay is excellent. This soccer is way more fun than the divers and whiners of real soccer, plus you have super kicks to spice up the action.
The super kicks are cheap though. They aren't difficult to execute and are impossible for the goalie to stop. The dying players also change strategy so you don't have to be the best goal scorer to win. Really though, I have no complaints about this game.
The Bottom Line
Overall Nintendo World Cup is the best 8-bit soccer game I've ever played. It's fun, it's funny and it's compatible with the four-score. There aren't many games that are compatible, so this is a real gem.