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FIFA 97: Gold Edition

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For the Sega Saturn game, see FIFA 97.

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FIFA 97: Gold Edition
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Peripherals supported: 4 Way Play
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 7748
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£44.99[2] EAY02401051I
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F EAY02401051I
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? EAY02401051I
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas EAY02401051I
Sega Mega Drive
PT
?PTE$ MDJEA0382
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 051130



FIFA 97: Gold Edition (packaged simply as FIFA 97) is the "16-bit" version of FIFA 97, released for the Sega Mega Drive (and Super Nintendo) in 1996.

Similarly to its predecessor, FIFA Soccer 96, the Mega Drive version was released as an isometric game, building on an engine first seen in 1993's FIFA International Soccer. Though it attempts to bring FIFA 97's selling points over to the then-limited hardware (indoor stadiums being the primary example), gameplay for the most part is identical to prior FIFA games, lacking any attempt to include the much hyped "Virtual Stadium" technology of the "3D" versions of the game.

History

Versions

Similar to FIFA 96, FIFA 97 was ported to the Super NES and released around the same period as the Mega Drive version. The results are very similar to the previous game - while most of the graphics have been re-drawn to better suit the system, the Super NES port runs with a significantly lower frame rate than its Sega counterpart (although performance is improved slightly on FIFA 96 in busy scenes).

Promotional material

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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83
75 №50, p78[2]
89 №54, p67[3]
70 №70, p136
78 №86, p59
Sega Mega Drive
79
Based on
5 reviews

Mega Drive, US
FIFA97 MD US Box.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, EU
FIFA97 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Fifa97 md us cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, BR
FIFA97 MD BR Box.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 a33d5803
MD5 f4a8436b5218a201a08401bedbfcd065
SHA-1 2d91cb1c50586723f877cb25a37b5ebcd70d8bcc
2MB 1996-09 Cartridge (US/EU)

References

  1. File:UltraGamePlayers US 089.pdf, page 75
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:MeanMachinesSega50UK.pdf, page 78
  3. File:MegaForce FR 54.pdf, page 67


Electronic Arts sports games for Sega systems
American Football
John Madden Football (1990) | John Madden Football '92 (1991) | John Madden Football '93 (1992) | John Madden Football: Championship Edition (1992) | Mutant League Football (1993) | Madden NFL '94 (1993) | Bill Walsh College Football (1993) | Bill Walsh College Football '95 (1994) | Madden NFL '95 (1994) | Madden NFL 96 (1995) | College Football USA 96 (1995) | Madden NFL 97 (1996) | College Football USA 97 (1996) | Madden NFL 98 (1997)
Baseball
Tony La Russa Baseball (1993) | MLBPA Baseball (1994) | La Russa Baseball 95 (1994) | Triple Play 96 (1995) | Triple Play: Gold Edition (1996)
Basketball
Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs (1990) | Bulls vs Lakers and the NBA Playoffs (1991) | Jordan vs Bird (1992) | Team USA Basketball (1992) | Bulls versus Blazers and the NBA Playoffs (1993) | NBA Showdown '94 (1994) | NBA Live 95 (1994) | NBA Live 96 (1995) | Coach K College Basketball (1995) | NBA Live 97 (1996) | NBA Live 98 (1997)
Golf
Zany Golf (1990) | PGA Tour Golf (1990) | PGA Tour Golf II (1992) | PGA Tour Golf III (1994) | PGA European Tour (1994) | PGA Tour 96 (1995) | PGA Tour 97 (1996)
Ice Hockey
NHL Hockey (Mega Drive) (1991) | NHLPA Hockey '93 (1992) | NHL Hockey '94 (1993) | Elitserien 95 (1994) | Mutant League Hockey (1994) | NHL 95 (1994) | Elitserien 96 (1995) | NHL 96 (1995) | NHL Hockey (Game Gear) (1995) | NHL 97 (Mega Drive) (1996) | NHL 97 (Saturn) (1996) | NHL 98 (Mega Drive) (1997) | NHL 98 (Saturn) (1997)
Racing
Mario Andretti Racing (1994) | Andretti Racing (1996) | NASCAR 98 (1997)
Rugby
Rugby World Cup 1995 (1994) | Australian Rugby League (1995)
Soccer
FIFA International Soccer (8-bit) (1993) | FIFA International Soccer: Championship Edition (1994) | FIFA Soccer 95 (1994) | FIFA Soccer 96 (32X | Saturn) (1995) | FIFA Soccer 97 (Gold Edition) (1996) | FIFA Road to World Cup 98 (Mega Drive) (1997) | FIFA Road to World Cup 98 (Saturn) (1997)
Misc.
EA Sports Double Header (1992) | IMG International Tour Tennis (1994) | Toughman Contest (1994)