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Ultimate Soccer
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
Team Player,
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Sports































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[1] 1219
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1219
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 110[4] 1219
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1219
Sega Mega Drive
PT
?PTE$ MDJ1219
Sega Mega Drive
AS
? ?



Sega Master System
UK
£24.99[5] 7119
Sega Master System
FR
?F 7119
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 7119
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 7119
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 024440



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,800 G-3333
Sega Game Gear
UK
£? 2441
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F 2441
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? 2441
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas 2441
Sega Game Gear
BR
R$? 075300



Ultimate Soccer (アルティメイト サッカー) is a football game developed by Rage Software (who at the time specialised in sports games) and published in 1993 by Sega for the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear. It is based on Rage's Commodore Amiga game Striker, released a year before, with Ultimate Soccer seeing release around the same time as the Super NES version of said game.

All three versions of the game were released in Europe, however Brazil did not see the Mega Drive version and Japan only saw the Game Gear port. No versions of Ultimate Soccer were released in North America.

Gameplay

Ultimate Soccer is one of many football games released for Sega systems, opting for a pseudo-3D top-down perspective. The game also features support for 8 players simultaneously. It also contains numerous Sonic the Hedgehog cameos.

Teams

The game contains 64 national teams to play as, though uses made-up names for the players, presumably due to licensing issues.

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Czech
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • England
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Holland
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Luxembourg
  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Nth. Ireland
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Rep. Ireland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Scotland
  • Slovakia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Trinidad
  • Turkey
  • U. A. E.
  • U. S. A.
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Wales

History

The success of Striker on multiple platforms led to it becoming a series of games, with future Sega releases dropping the Ultimate Soccer moniker and reverting back to the original name, with 1995's Striker (also published by Sega) being the first to do so on Sega platforms. Two other Striker games would be released on Sega consoles, Striker '96 for the Sega Saturn and UEFA Striker (known in North America as Striker Pro 2000) for the Sega Dreamcast.

Magazine articles

Main article: Ultimate Soccer/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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PlayTime DE 1993-08.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Play Time (DE) #8/93 (1993-07-07)
also published in:
  • Play Time (DE) #3/93 (1993-02-10)[7]
  • Sega Magazin (DE) #1: "September/Oktober 1993" (1993-09-01)[8]
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MegaForce ES 17.pdfMegaForce ES 17.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Mega Force (ES) #17: "Septiembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Hobby Consolas (ES) #24: "Septiembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[9]

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 №142, p62-63[1]
88 №9, p68-69[10]
82 №23, p51[11]
69 №1, p24-25[12]
78 №13, p58-59
93 №11, p22-24
85 №6, p20-21
70 №20, p58-60
79 №11, p78-80[13]
75 №37, p72
82 №46, p44-45[2]
70 №23, p70-71
80 №10, p56-57
75 №8, p10
Sega Mega Drive
79
Based on
14 reviews

Mega Drive, EU
Ultimatesoccer md eu cover.jpg
Cover
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Cart
Mega Drive, Asia
UltimateSoccer MD AS Box.jpg
Cover
UltimateSoccer MD AS Cart.jpg
Cart

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №33, p126[14]
12 №153, p101[15]
42 №22, p72-73[16]
18 №7, p87
84 №23, p52
90 №5, p18-21[17]
Sega Master System
56
Based on
6 reviews

Master System, EU
UltimateSoccer SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
UltimateSoccer SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Ultimate Soccer SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
UltimateSoccer SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
UltimateSoccer SMS BR cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
68 №24, p135[18]
70 №35, p148[19]
78 №25, p61
Sega Game Gear
72
Based on
3 reviews

Game Gear, EU
UltimateSoccer GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngUltimateSoccer GG EU cover.jpg
Cover
UltimateSoccer GG EU cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, JP
UltimateSoccer GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngUltimateSoccer GG JP cover.jpg
Cover
UltimateSoccer GG JP cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, BR
UltimateSoccer GG BR back.jpgNospine.pngUltimateSoccer GG BR Box.jpg
Cover
Ultimatesoccer gg br cart.jpg
Cart

References