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Nintendo World Cup

aka: Kunio-kun The World: Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball-bu - Soccer-hen, Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball-bu: CD Soccer-hen, Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball-bu: MD Soccer-hen, Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball-bu: PC Soccer-hen, Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball-bu: Soccer-hen, Nekketsu Kōkō Soccer-bu: World Cup-hen

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1UP! (89 out of 100)

Le titre exact du jeu est "Nintendo World Cup", parce qu'il s'agit d'une license offerte exclusivement à Nintendo (eh oui ! déjà en ce temps là...). Un privilège particulièrement justifié, le jeu correspond tout à fait à la devise Nintendo, un bon gameplay et du fun. On n'est pas au niveau qualité d'un produit Nintendo maison, mais on s'amuse beaucoup, alors pourquoi se plaindre ? Les plus réticents face au jeu sont finalement ceux qui prennent le foot trop au sérieux et ne décollent pas du réalisme. Tant pis pour eux. Ceux qui cherchent avant tout à passer un bon moment y ont trouvé leur compte.

Oct 26th, 2002 · NES · read review

Retroage (8.3 out of 10)

Podsumowując, Nintendo World Cup na NESa to bardzo przyjemna gra. Niepoważne podejście do futbolu okraszone dużą dawką poczucia humoru czynią tą grę oryginalna na tle innych produkcji piłkarskich. Pomimo mankamentów ze sztuczną inteligencją naprawdę warto w nią zagrać. Jeżeli jednak macie możliwość, zagrajcie w Nekketsu Koukou Dodgeball Bu: Soccer Hen a wówczas będziecie bawić się jeszcze lepiej.

Nov 22nd, 2013 · NES · read review

Questicle.net (B+)

Nintendo World Cup delivers a mean game of soccer, but the attention to detail is what make this game for me. Example: while each team bears visual similarities (large heads, small bodies), all have different styles of play and take time to master/destroy. The soccer fields look different depending on what country you’re playing, and even the music changes themes several times to accompany your progression. I’m not even a soccer fan and Nintendo World Cup drilled a hole into my heart. Oh Kunio-kun! Squash me in your arms and never let go!

Dec 2012 · NES · read review

Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library ( )

The game truly shows its strengths when played multiplayer cooperatively or competitively for up to four players using the Four Score or Satellite adapter. Only some slight choppiness and sprite flicker harm a really solid alternative sports title.

2016 · NES

Nintendo Magasinet (Sweden) (4 out of 5)

Det här är bra! Och svårt! Tillsammans med Super Off Road är det här ett spel som varje NES Satellite-ägare mer eller mindre måste ha i sin samling.

Jun 1991 · NES

Tilt (12 out of 20)

World Cup n'est donc pas un grand hit. Mais, pour les amateurs du ballon rond, c'est un soft d'action nerveux et facile à jouer.

Jun 1991 · NES · read review

VideoGame (6 out of 10)

Nintendo World Cup simula um jogo de futebol, mas com regras muito especiais. Neste game não existem faltas e vale tudo para "roubar" a bola do adversário. E, apesar de os gráficos não serem tão bonitos como os de outros jogos de futebol para Nintendo, ele é muito divertido de jogar. Isso porque existem vários truques e jogadas infalíveis — cada time tem a sua "tática" especial para tentar derrotar o adversário.

Dec 1991 · NES · read review

Video Games (56 out of 100)

Von der klobigen Klotz- und Flackergrafik wird man nicht gerade aufs Spiel heiß gemacht: Grafiker ans Telefon. Der Spielablauf ist ziemlich vereinfacht und nicht gerade eine finessenreiche Fußballsimulation frisch aus dem DFB-Trainerlehrgang, aber der Bolzcharme des unkomplizierten Ballgedresches ist nicht von schlechten Eltern. Munter schießt man durch die Gegend, legt dabei so manchen Mitspieler flach und erfreut sich an der recht durchdachten Steuerung. Mit vier Spielern macht das simple Gekicke richtig Spaß; alleine ist's auf Dauer eine Spur zu öde. Die schwachen Computermannschaften bieten auf Dauer keine Herausforderung.

Jun 1991 · NES

Power Play (44 out of 100)

Ob Nintendo mit diesem Fußballspiel den Klassenerhalt schafft, ist mehr als unsicher. Bestenfalls ihr "Joker", der Vier-Spieler-Modus, könnte World Cup vor dem Abstieg ins Amateurlager retten. Alleine oder auch zu zweit ist dieses Gebolze ganz schön öde. Sieht man von der schlappen Grafik und dem nervigen Geflacker ab, bleibt eine spielerisch unterdurchschnittliche Fußballsimulation übrig. Die wenigen Parameter, die man vor Spielbeginn einstellen darf, täuschen nur kurzfristig über das einfallslose "Kick-and-Rush"-Konzept hinweg. World Cup ist keinesfalls besser als das antike "Soccer".

May 1991 · NES

Mean Machines (33 out of 100)

After the abysmal showing of the Sega World Cup game a few issues ago, my one consoling thought was that this had to be a vast improvement. Boy, I was wrong. NWC takes football games to a new low. The game system is a total mess, and only having one player under your control is a farce - why can't you switch between team members to allow for carefully prepared attacks? As it stands, NWC gives the impression that soccer is all about one player standing just outside the box, while the rest of the pitch is determined by random events. I really think it's about time for a decent console footy game, don't you?

Mar 1991 · NES · read review

Retro Game Reviews ( )

Nintendo World Cup is a quirky take on the sport but it doesn't have much in the gameplay department to make you want to play through all 12 matches. You might have some fun with four players but in solo mode it's too easy to forget about skill and rely on trick shots to artificially inflate your score.

Oct 8th, 2015 · NES · read review

The Video Game Critic (D-)

Technically, World Cup is deficient, suffering from a massive degree of flicker and breakup - especially with four players. The screen is a mess! I also have a problem with the CPU controlled teams, who tend to take naps on the field in the later part of each half. The unorthodox controls have a major learning curve. About five minutes into one game my friend Chris asked "which button is to kick?" That's never a good sign for a soccer game. Nintendo World Cup tries to take the sport to the next level, but it's too awkward and sloppy.

Aug 15th, 2009 · NES · read review

Player Reviews

The lack of realism makes this game great
by Sean Booth (26)

The Good
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 Bad
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.

Jan 14th, 2005 · NES

The game isn't good, but hell, I had fun with it
by Asinine (1003)

The Good
Like most Nintendo games there is lack of realism and that is exactly why I like this game, I have played normal football games like Fifa and Pro Evolution Soccer and I didn't like any of them because there was no sense of humor. If you tackle somebody in NWC they make an hilarious face and fall face first into the dirt. You also don't have to bother with wind or where to hit the ball in order to make it past a wall of players. I also think it's funny that every sportsman looks like a bodybuilder in this game.

The game is pretty simple to play which is awesome because I never play sports games and I don't know a damned thing about soccer. A passes the ball and B shoots, that is something I can wrap my head around. Those two moves are all you need to play the game and even though it's simple, you can still perform advanced tactics when needed and you never feel like you don't have enough control over the game. I also think there are special moves you can pull off, but they seem to come at random when I play, so I am not sure.

You only control one player as opposed to most other games in this genre that have you switching between all the players in the team. The rest of the players are controlled by the AI and you can adjust their behaviour prior to starting a match and before starting the second half. During the match you can also tell them to pass or shoot the ball by pressing the buttons you'd use for those moves if you had the ball yourself.

You have a lot of teams you can choose from and somebody really made a brilliant move when they added the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the list of teams. The amount of teams is also rather staggering when you keep in mind that this is a NES game, not all teams are available and you can only play as the National ones, but the favorites are still playable (USA, England, Brazil and etc.).

The Bad
The game is graphically very lacking and especially the sprites tend to flicker; parts of their bodies keep disappearing, the ball disappears entirely from time to time and often sprites just glitch out. It's very annoying and often makes it hard to perform tactics that require precision and timing. I think this is because there are too many sprites on the screen at the same time or maybe because I am using the cartridge with Super Mario Bros. and Tetris on it, but one way or another, it's very annoying.

Some of the later teams are very hard to play against and I am currently at the 10th match, but it's bordering impossible. The other teams pass the ball around flawlessly and never give you any time to tackle them or steal the ball. All of their shots are also special moves, they never shoot normally, so it's nearly impossible to stop them from scoring. It's also pretty unfair that they are always faster then you, I know difficulty was something very common in the 80's, but at least give the players a chance for crying out loud.

The music is very underwhelming and I barely even notice it, it's just exactly the same loop over and over again for roughly eight minutes. It's also so soft that it's hard to notice even if you're trying to, from time to time I even wondered if it hadn't glitched out like most of the sprites do.

Scoring is made nearly impossible, it doesn't matter how you shoot, nine out of ten times the keeper will dive to the other side of the goal and stop it anyway. You're only chance at scoring is to make him dive and then kick the ball into the goal while he is down, which looks stupid and starts to feel like a routine. Making him dive is very easy and once you know how to time your second move you will end almost every match with twenty against two.

The matches only last eight minutes each, but it doesn't feel like that at all. I am encountering the same problem with Resident Evil 4 which I am currently playing, I am only six hours into that game, but it feels like eighteen. It's the kind of game where you do so much in so little time and it just makes me feel tired. It's probably more of a personal problem because I have never heard anybody else talk about it, but it still bothers me.

The Bottom Line
Nintendo World Cup is a very buggy game that has more problems then pixels, but the odd thing is that I find it rather enjoyable. I don't like sports, I never watch football and normally I can't stand games with glitches like these. For all it's flaws I can still enjoy this game a lot when I play it with friends or when I play it for a few minutes every once in a while, it will get on your nerves when you play it for an hour straight or something.

It's a pretty fun game for all ages, especially the kids and the football fans. I do advice buying the version with Mario and Tetris on it though, just to make sure you will at least have one game you like on the cartridge.

Sep 13th, 2011 · NES

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