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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.


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Alternate Titles

  • "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
  • "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
  • "Nekketsu Kōkō Soccer-bu: World Cup-hen" -- Japanese Game Boy title
  • "Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball-bu: Soccer-hen" -- Japanese Famicom title
  • "Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball-bu: PC Soccer-hen" -- Japanese PC Engine title
  • "Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball-bu: MD Soccer-hen" -- Japanese Mega Drive title
  • "Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball-bu: CD Soccer-hen" -- Japanese PC Engine CD title
  • "Kunio-kun The World: Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball-bu - Soccer-hen" -- Microsoft / PlayStation Store Japanese title

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User Reviews

Knock them out! Game Boy vicrabb (7290)
The lack of realism makes this game great NES Sean Booth (27)
The game isn't good, but hell, I had fun with it NES Asinine (1006)

Critic Reviews NES Dec, 2012 B+ 83
Nintendo Magasinet (Sweden) NES Jun, 1991 4 out of 5 80
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Total!! UK Magazine Game Boy Jan, 1992 64 out of 100 64
VideoGame NES Dec, 1991 6 out of 10 60
Tilt NES Jun, 1991 12 out of 20 60
Video Games NES Jun, 1991 56 out of 100 56
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Boy Jul, 1991 5.4 out of 12 45
Retro Game Reviews NES Oct 08, 2015 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 30
The Video Game Critic NES Aug 15, 2009 D- 16


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Japanese 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.
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