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Sega Worldwide Soccer 98
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Saturn, PC
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (5 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Saturn 6 Player Adaptor, Sega Saturn Modem, 3D Control Pad
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥5,800 GS-9187
Sega Saturn
US
$49.99[1] 81123
Sega Saturn
UK
£44.99[2] MK81123-50
Sega Saturn
FR
?F MK81123-50
Sega Saturn
DE
DM ? MK81123-50
Sega Saturn
ES
?Ptas MK81123-50
Sega Saturn
BR
R$? ?



Windows PC
JP
¥7,800 ?



Sega Worldwide Soccer 98 (セガ ワールドワイドサッカー’98), often known as Worldwide Soccer '98 and in PAL regions subtitled Sega Worldwide Soccer 98: Club Edition, is a football game for the Sega Saturn. It was released for the Sega Saturn as a direct sequel to Sega Worldwide Soccer 97.

Gameplay

As its European name suggests, Worldwide Soccer 98 adds 60 English, French and Spanish club teams to the roster, and also adds Jack Charlton's commentary in addition to Gary Bloom's, with roughly three times as much recorded dialogue as the previous outing. Two new stadia area also added, bringing the total to five, and enhanced replay features lets goals be watched from any angle.

Much of the AI has been improved from the previous game, primarily in the form of smarter goalkeepers and the computer opting to make more passes.

Teams

As with the previous game, the game lacks an official license from football governing body FIFA or any of the regional authorities such as UEFA, so teams lack official names and branding. For club teams, most players correlate well with their real life counterparts, complete with skin tones, hair colour and abilities. Not all shirt numbers are correct, however.

National teams

For the most part, the national teams in SWWS 98 are the same as SWWS 97, though a small handful have been swapped. The Czech Republic replace Turkey in the Europe 3 group, Ghana replace Liberia, Jamaica replace Honduras and Chile replace Bolivia.

SWWS 98 continues SWWS 97's footsteps of using fictional player names for national teams, sometimes incorporating names of developers which worked on the game and writers for the UK's Sega Saturn Magazine.

Europe 1
  • England
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
Europe 2
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Romania
Europe 3
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Rep.
  • Holland
  • Russia
  • Wales
Europe 4
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • N. Ireland
  • Portugal
  • Scotland
  • Sweden
Africa
  • Cameroon
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • S. Africa
Asia/Oceania
  • Australia
  • China
  • Japan
  • S. Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
North America
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • USA
South America
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Paraguay
  • Uruguay

Club teams

Sega Worldwide Soccer 98's approach to club teams is curious, with available teams being tied down to the chosen language (i.e. English teams are only available in English language mode, Spanish teams in Spanish language mode, etc.). This means, for example, it is impossible for a French club team to play a Spanish one. Likewise club teams cannot play against national teams.

The design led to problems when advertising the game, as while 108 teams exist (48 national teams and 60 club teams), only 68 can be selected at any one point. 68 is the figure the North American version sticks by in its manual, however Japan seemingly refers to a 108 team figure.

England 1
  • Blackburn
  • Bolton
  • Everton
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
England 2
  • Barnsley
  • Derby City
  • Leeds United
  • Newcastle
  • Sheffield
England 3
  • Arsenal
  • Aston Villa
  • Chelsea
  • Coventry
  • Leicester
England 4
  • C. Palace
  • Southampton
  • Tottenham
  • West Ham
  • Wimbledon
France 1
France 2
France 3
France 4
España 1
  • Gijón (R.C. Sporting de Gijón)
  • La Coruña (R.C. Deportivo de La Coruña)
  • Oviedo (Real Oviedo)
  • Santiago C. (S.D. Compostela)
  • Vigo (R.C. Celta de Vigo)
España 2
  • Bilbao (Athletic Club)
  • Madrid C. (C. Atlético de Madrid)
  • Madrid N. (Real Madrid C.F.)
  • Madrid S. (Rayo Vallecano de Madrid)
  • Santander (R.C. Racing de Santander)
España 3
  • Barcelona (F.C. Barcelona)
  • Barcelona N. (R.C.D. Espanyol)
  • Logroño (C.D. Logroñés)
  • S. Sebastian (Real Sociedad de Fútbol)
  • Zaragoza (Real Zaragoza)
España 4
  • Extremadura (C.F. Extremadura)
  • Sevilla (Sevilla F.C.)
  • Sevilla N. (Real Betis Balompié)
  • Tenerife (C.D. Tenerife)
  • Valencia (Valencia C.F.)

Note that "Sheffield" is based on Sheffield Wednesday, as opposed to rivals Sheffield United.
Spanish clubs are listed in the game under generic unofficial names based on their home cities. Official names of the intended represented clubs are placed in brackets.

Magazine articles

Main article: Sega Worldwide Soccer 98/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Consoles + (FR) #69: "Octobre 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Player One (FR) #79: "Octobre 1997" (1997-xx-xx)[4]
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Sega Magazin (DE) #50: "Januar 1998" (1997-12-10)
also published in:
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Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95 №71, p146/147
94 №80, p138
73 №482, p29
87 №63, p42/43
90 №7, p68-71[17]
94 №25, p72-75[18]
63 №1998-07, p205[19]
75 №, p12Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[20]
Sega Saturn
84
Based on
8 reviews

Saturn, US
SWS98 Saturn US Box Back.jpgSWS98 Saturn US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Sws98 sat us manual.pdf
Manual
Saturn, EU
SWS98CE Saturn EU Box.jpg
Cover
SegaWorldwideSoccer98 saturn eu cd.jpg
Disc
SegaWorldwideSoccer98SaturnEUManual.pdf
Manual
SegaWorldwideSoccer98SaturnEUManualErrata.pdf
Errata
Saturn, JP
SWS98 Saturn JP Box Back.jpgSWS98 Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
SegaWorldwideSoccer98 Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Spinecard
SegaWorldwideSoccer98 Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
SegaWorldwideSoccer98 Saturn JP Inlay.jpg
Inlay
Saturn, BR
SWS98 Saturn BR Box Front.jpg
Cover

References


Games in the Victory Goal/Sega Worldwide Soccer Series
Sega Saturn
Victory Goal (1995) | Sega International Victory Goal (1995) | Sega International Victory Goal (Japan) (1995) | Victory Goal '96 (1996) | Sega Worldwide Soccer 97 (1996) | J. League Victory Goal '97 (1997) | Sega Worldwide Soccer 98 (1998) | World Cup '98 France: Road to Win (1998)
Sega Dreamcast
Sega Worldwide Soccer 2000 (1999) | Sega Worldwide Soccer 2000: Euro Edition (2000) | UEFA Dream Soccer (2000)
Windows PC
Sega Worldwide Soccer 97 (1997) | Worldwide Soccer Championship (199x)
Victory Goal related media
Music
Victory Goal '96 Soundtrack (1996)
Book
Sega International Victory Goal Hisshou Kouryakuhou‎ (1995) | J. League Victory Goal '96 Hisshou Kouryakuhou‎ (1996) | J. League Victory Goal '97 Hisshou Kouryakuhou‎ (1997)