Nintendo World Cup
Description official descriptions
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.
- くにおくん ザ・ワールド ～熱血高校ドッジボール部 サッカー編～ - Microsoft / PlayStation Store Japanese spelling
- 熱血高校サッカー部 ワールドカップ編 - Japanese Game Boy spelling
- 熱血高校ドッジボール部サッカー編 - Japanese Famicom spelling
Credits (NES version)
The original Japanese release of the game had a storyline and different half-time cinemas that were stripped for the US release.
Opposing team order
The order you face the 24 teams is based on a prediction of their relative qualities, and sees you facing Cameroon first. This proved highly inaccurate, as they defeated reigning champions Argentina en route to the quarter finals, which they only lost to England in extra-time. 38 year old Roger Milla became the World Cup's oldest ever scorer during their run (a record he improved on by four years, by scoring for them in a 1994 World Cup match against Russia - until 2014 he was also the World Cup's oldest ever player), and his corner-flag dance is one of the more memorable goal celebrations.
The game was released in both a standalone one-game format, and together with Super Spike V'Ball on a single game cart that was packaged with the NES Sports set, which contained the NES, four controllers, and a four-player adapter.
Information also contributed by Martin Smith.
- MobyGames ID: 11275
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Contributors to this Entry
Game added by Andreas Vilén.
Nintendo 3DS added by GTramp. Wii U, Arcade added by Michael Cassidy. PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch added by Rik Hideto. Sharp X68000 added by Infernos. Genesis, Game Boy, TurboGrafx-16 added by Zovni. Wii added by gamewarrior. TurboGrafx CD added by j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】.
Additional contributors: Zovni, Shoddyan, chirinea, Foxhack, Alaka, Martin Smith, j.raido 【雷堂嬢太朗】, Rik Hideto.
Last modified February 22nd, 2023.