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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
Sound driver: Electronic Arts/Kevin Pickell
Peripherals supported: 4 Way Play
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-4
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Français
  • Español
  • Italiano
  • Svenska
  • 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




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    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.

    History

    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.

    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).

    Production credits

    • Produced By: Extended Play Productions
    • Developed By: XYZ Productions
    • Programmers - XYZ: Umrao Mayer, John Jacecko
    • Artist - XYZ: George Simmons
    • Animator: David Demorest
    • Animation Rendering: John Rix, Craig Hui
    • Art Direction: David Adams
    • Audio Lead: Chris Taylor
    • Music and SFX: Michael J. Sokryrka, Joel Simmons, Omar Al-Khafaji
    • Executive Producer: Bruce McMillan
    • Line Producers: Marc Aubanel, Robert Leingang
    • Associate Producer: Heidi Newell
    • Development Director: Dylan Miklashek
    • Assistant Producer: Nicholas Wlodyka
    • Technical Director: Kevin Pickell
    • Product Managers: Paula Burt, Margaret Murray,
    • QA Coordinator: Steve Livaja
    • QA Lead Tester: Josh Holmes
    • QA Backup Lead: Trevor Kerslake
    • Testers: Darcy Pajak, Phong Lam, Evan Stanfield, Avinash Narayan, Mike Samilski, Steven Wong, Desmond Jim, Martin Katzenmeier, Zech Prinz, Jason Dong, Alvin Marte
    • Language Testing: Michael Gievers, Sylvain Caburrosso, Markus Hoc
    • Mastering: Rob Purewal, Peter Petkov, Cary Chao
    • Special Thanks: Brian Plank, Shawn Taras, Dave Hards, Erik Kiss, Ted Sylka, Robert Bailey, Jackie Ritchie, Penny Lee, Tony Lam, Masahiko Yoshizawa, M. James Schulte, Tamara Pearl, Louise Read, Roslynn Drewitt, Paul Smith, Warren Wall, Kevin Loh, Mike Smith, Dave Hewson, Doug Casey, Alistair Sutherland, Wyatt Chang, John Santamaria, The Fifa '97 Development Team
    Source: In-game credits


    Magazine articles

    Main article: FIFA 97: Gold Edition/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    SegaMagazin DE 40.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Sega Magazin (DE)

    #40: "März 1997" (1997-02-12)

    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
    Fifa97 md us cart.jpg
    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
    FIFA97 MD BR Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Fifa97MDBRManualNoWaterMark.pdf
    Manual

    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


    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 (Mega Drive) (1996) | NBA Live 97 (Saturn) (1996) | NBA Live 98 (Mega Drive) (1997) | NBA Live 98 (Saturn) (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)