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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.


World Championship Soccer Genesis Choosing the players
World Championship Soccer Genesis The view is not top-down only by goal kick
World Championship Soccer Genesis He shoots....
World Championship Soccer Genesis Goal!!!

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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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Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Feb, 1990 905 out of 1000 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1989 10.8 out of 12 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Oct, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Raze Mar, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Nov, 1989 76 out of 100 76
Tilt Sep, 1990 15 out of 20 75 Apr 24, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Mean Machines May, 1992 64 out of 100 64
VideoGame Mar, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 May 24, 2007 2 out of 10 20


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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.
saikofish (949) added World Championship Soccer (Genesis) on Oct 15, 2002
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