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World Championship Soccer

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
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4.8
Arcade
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Commodore 64
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3.5
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Description

This soccer game lets you choose a team representing one of twenty-four countries around the world to participate in the World Championship tournament, which is identical to the real 1990 World Cup.

Once you pick your team you can also select which players you want on the field, so that you can round out the team's strengths and weaknesses. Also provided are modes for single exhibition matches, either against the computer or against a friend.

The action is viewed from above with large player sprites. Violent play is encouraged as there are no free kicks. The gameplay is rather simple: you can only control the player closest to the ball, and many soccer rules (such as penalty flags and offsides) are missing.

Screenshots

World Championship Soccer Genesis Goal!!!
World Championship Soccer ZX Spectrum S Korea have a new active player but I've pressed the wrong key so he's running away from the ball.
The mini map is a nice touch
World Championship Soccer ZX Spectrum The game starts here. Note I am playing as South Korea. This means South Korea will lose, and will lose badly. No disrespect is meant - I'm just not good at this game.
World Championship Soccer Commodore 64 Choose your country.

Alternate Titles

  • "World Cup Soccer" -- European / Japanese title
  • "World Cup Italia '90" -- European SEGA Mega Drive + Master System title
  • "World Cup Italia 90" -- Italian title
  • "Super Futebol 2" -- Brazilian Master System title
  • "Super Futebol" -- Brazilian Mega Drive title
  • "Sega Soccer" -- Alternative US title
  • "ワールドカップサッカー" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Genesis Oct, 1989 10.8 out of 12 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Genesis Feb, 1990 905 out of 1000 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Oct, 1989 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1991 10 out of 12 83
Power Play Genesis Nov, 1989 76 out of 100 76
VideoGame Genesis Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Dec, 1990 51 out of 100 51
Retrogaming History SEGA Master System May 09, 2009 5 out of 10 50
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33
Sega-16.com Genesis May 24, 2007 2 out of 10 20

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Trivia

Version differences

The 8-bit computer versions are slightly cut down. Drawn matches on the C64, Amstrad and Spectrum version always end in a rematch rather than extra time and penalties, while the Spectrum and Amstrad versions lacks corners or throw-ins; the ball instead rebounds off invisible walls on the touchline.
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