FIFA International Soccer

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For the Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System game, see FIFA International Soccer (8-bit). For the Sega Mega-CD game, see FIFA International Soccer: Championship Edition.

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FIFA International Soccer
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Electronic Arts (US, Europe), Electronic Arts Victor (Japan)
Developer:
Sound driver: Electronic Arts/Kevin Pickell
Peripherals supported: 4 Way Play, Team Player
Genre: Sports[1][2]

















Number of players: 1-4
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Español
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Mega Drive
    JP
    ¥9,8009,800 EM20030
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    $59.9559.95[3] 725501
    Videogame Rating Council: GA
    Sega Mega Drive
    US
    (Limited Edition)
    725501
    Videogame Rating Council: GA
    Sega Mega Drive
    EU
    E262SMXI
    Sega Mega Drive
    DE
    DM 130130[8] E262SMXI
    Sega Mega Drive
    FR
    E262SMXI
    Sega Mega Drive
    PT
    Sega Mega Drive
    UK
    £44.9944.99[5][6] E262SMXI
    Sega Mega Drive
    SE
    (Rental)
    Sega Mega Drive
    AU
    $99.9599.95[9]
    Sega Mega Drive
    BR
    Sega Mega Drive
    KR
    GM94015JT
    Sega Mega Drive
    SA

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    FIFA International Soccer (FIFA インターナショナルサッカー), is the first game in the long-running FIFA series, developed by EA Canada and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1993, as well as several non-Sega consoles and computers in the following years. Prior to the publisher acquiring a FIFA license, the game was known as EA Sports Soccer[10].

    In North America, the game appears to have been called Soccer '94 before release. This name can be seen on the box of (and advertising for) the 4 Way Play adapter.

    Gameplay

    Unlike later FIFA games which are presented in full 3D, FIFA International Soccer goes for an isometric perspective and has much simpler gameplay. Also, though it allows the user to play as official international teams, it does not feature official player names. Nevertheless, the combination of isometric graphics and a commentator set it aside from its rivals, namely the Sensible Soccer and Kick Off series.

    Teams

    As the name may suggest, FIFA International Soccer only contains national teams, plus the fictional "EA All Stars". 49 teams are represented in total.

    • Algeria Algeria
    • Argentina Argentina
    • Australia Australia
    • Austria Austria
    • Belgium Belgium
    • Brazil Brazil
    • Bulgaria Bulgaria
    • Cameroon Cameroon
    • Canada Canada
    • Chile Chile
    • China China
    • Colombia Colombia
    • Czechia Czech Rep.
    • Denmark Denmark
    • England England
    • France France
    • Germany Germany
    • Greece Greece
    • Netherlands Holland
    • HK 1959 Hong Kong
    • Hungary Hungary
    • IQ 1963 Iraq
    • Israel Israel
    • Italy Italy
    • Côte d'Ivoire Ivory Coast
    • Japan Japan
    • Luxembourg Luxembourg
    • Mexico Mexico
    • Morocco Morocco
    • New Zealand New Zealand
    • Nigeria Nigeria
    • Ulster N. Ireland
    • Norway Norway
    • Poland Poland
    • Portugal Portugal
    • Qatar Qatar
    • Ireland Rep. Ireland
    • Romania Romania
    • Russia Russia
    • Scotland Scotland
    • Spain Spain
    • Sweden Sweden
    • Switzerland Switzerland
    • Turkey Turkey
    • United States of America United States
    • Ukraine Ukraine
    • Uruguay Uruguay
    • Wales Wales
    • EA All Stars

    History

    The game was an instant hit, shipping 500,000 units[4] at release in 1993, and was number one in the UK's ELSPA charts throughout most of December, before selling out and dropping from the top ten completely for several weeks. It would finally re-chart in mid-February following a re-stock, and would then remain around the top of the charts until the release of FIFA Soccer 95 a year later.

    Legacy

    A Sega Mega-CD update, FIFA International Soccer: Championship Edition, was released the following year.

    Production credits

    • Lead Programmer: Jan Tian
    • Programmers: Brian Plank, Kevin Pickell
    • Lead Artist: George Ashcroft
    • Artists: Dianna Davies, David Adams, Suzan Germic, Mike Smith
    • Music and Sound: Jeff Dyck
    • Sound Technology: Kevin Pickell
    • Producer: Bruce McMillan
    • Development Director: Joey Della-Savia
    • Associate Producer: Kevin Buckner, Matt Webster
    • Game Design: Jan Tian, Matt Webster, Brian Plank, George Ashcroft, Kevin Pickell, Bruce McMillan, Joey Della-Savia
    • Lead Testers: Lee Patterson, Bryan Beckstrand, Nick Goldsworthy
    • Product Manager: Neil Thewarapperuma, Chip Lange
    • Technical Director: Colin McLaughlan
    • Executive Producers: Don Mattrick, Joss Ellis
    • Special Thanks: Tony Waiters, Claudio Maurizio, Chris Tompson, David Wilson, Jules Burt, Jon Law, Stanley Chow
    FIFA Logo Copyright FIFA / DEYHLE 1977
    Source:
    In-game credits

    Magazine articles

    Main article: FIFA International Soccer/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    Main article: FIFA International Soccer/Promotional material.

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    91 [11]
    Sega Mega Drive
    91
    Based on
    1 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
    80
    [12]
    Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
    75
    [13]
    Consoles + (FR)
    93
    [14]
    Computer & Video Games (UK)
    92
    [15]
    Computer & Video Games (UK)
    92
    [16]
    Edge (UK)
    80
    [17]
    Electronic Games (1992-1995) (US) NTSC-U
    100
    [18]
    Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
    83
    [19]
    Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1 (RU)
    70
    [20]
    Freak (IL)
    92
    [21]
    GamePro (US) NTSC-U
    95
    [22]
    GamesMaster (UK)
    95
    [23]
    Joker (SI)
    93
    [24]
    MAN!AC (DE)
    88
    [25]
    Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
    80
    [26]
    Mega (UK) PAL
    94
    [27]
    Mega Action (UK) PAL
    93
    [28]
    Megablast (DE) PAL
    80
    [29]
    Mega Force (FR)
    85
    [30]
    Mega Fun (DE) PAL
    93
    [31]
    Mega Machines (UK) PAL
    89
    [32]
    MegaTech (UK) PAL
    92
    [33]
    Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
    94
    [34]
    Player One (FR)
    92
    [35]
    Score (CZ)
    80
    [36]
    Sega Magazin (DE)
    91
    [37]
    Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
    92
    [5]
    Sega Magazine (UK) PAL
    92
    [38]
    Sega Power (UK) PAL
    89
    [39]
    Sega Pro (UK) PAL
    94
    [40]
    Sega Zone (UK) PAL
    93
    [41]
    Sega Force (SE)
    93
    [42]
    Sega Mega Drive Review (RU)
    78
    [43]
    Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
    80
    [44]
    Sonic the Comic (UK) PAL
    95
    [45]
    Tricks 16 bit (RU)
    90
    [46]
    VideoGames Shopper (UK) PAL
    91
    [47]
    Video Games (DE) PAL
    77
    [48]
    VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
    90
    [49]
    Sega Mega Drive
    88
    Based on
    39 reviews

    FIFA International Soccer

    Mega Drive, JP
    FIFA MD JP Box.jpg
    Cover
    FIFAISoccer MD JP CartTop.jpg
    FIFA MD JP Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Mega Drive, US
    FIFA MD US Box.jpg
    Cover
    FIFA MD US Cart.jpg
    Cart
    FIFA International Soccer MD US Manual.pdf
    Manual
    Mega Drive, US (Limited Edition)
    FIFA MD US le cover.jpg
    Cover
    FIFA MD US Cart.jpg
    Cart
    FIFA International Soccer MD US Manual.pdf
    Manual
    Mega Drive, EU (Gold sticker)
    FIFA MD EU Box.jpg
    Cover
    FIFA MD EU Cart.jpg
    Cart
    FIFA International Soccer MD EU Manual.jpg
    Manual
    Mega Drive, EU (Blue sticker)
    FIFA MD EU blue cover.jpg
    Cover
    FIFA MD EU Cart.jpg
    Cart
    FIFA International Soccer MD EU Manual.jpg
    Manual
    FIFA MD EU pcb.jpg
    PCB
    Mega Drive, PT
    FIFA MD PT cover.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
    FIFA MD SE rental cover.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, AU
    FIFA MD AU cover.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, BR
    FIFA MD BR Box.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, KR
    FIFA MD KR Box.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, GCC
    FIFA MD SA Box.jpg
    Cover
    FIFA MD EU Cart.jpg
    Cart

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 bddbb763
    MD5 8a53e4db0da7ee312c1e89d449eb7b1e
    SHA-1 1cbef8c4541311b84d7388365d12a93a1f712dc4
    2MB 1993-09 Cartridge (US/EU)
    Sega Mega Drive
    CRC32 b555e8b4
    MD5 a1546250206aafa61536b434e31cd568
    SHA-1 3464e97d14f4ddae6b15e1246d25e68d063861fc
    2MB 1994-06 Cartridge (JP)

    References

    1. File:FIFA MD JP Box.jpg
    2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software_l.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-02 23:21)
    3. 3.0 3.1 GamePro, "December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 205
    4. 4.0 4.1 File:LevelOne_UK_94.01.28.jpg
    5. 5.0 5.1 Sega Magazine, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-10), page 98
    6. Computer & Video Games, "February 1995" (UK; 1995-01-15), page 81
    7. Mega Force, "Octobre 1993" (FR; 1993-10-08), page 22
    8. MAN!AC, "11/93" (DE; 1993-xx-xx), page 23
    9. Megazone, "December 1993" (AU; 1993-12-01), page 43
    10. Computer & Video Games, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-15), page 68
    11. GamesMaster, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 73
    12. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 80
    13. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1994" (JP; 1994-06-08), page 16
    14. Consoles +, "Décembre 1993" (FR; 1993-1x-xx), page 126
    15. Computer & Video Games, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-15), page 96
    16. Computer & Video Games, "August 1994" (UK; 1994-07-15), page 111
    17. Edge, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-10-28), page 96
    18. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "July 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 75
    19. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 48
    20. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 314
    21. Freak, "2/94" (IL; 1994-xx-xx), page 39
    22. GamePro, "December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 202
    23. GamesMaster (UK) "Series 3, episode 12" (1993-11-25, 24:00) (+7:34)
    24. Joker, "Junij 1994" (SI; 1994-xx-xx), page 23
    25. MAN!AC, "11/93" (DE; 1993-xx-xx), page 22
    26. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 22
    27. Mega, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 30
    28. Mega Action, "Christmas 1993" (UK; 1993-12-02), page 36
    29. Megablast, "1/94" (DE; 1993-12-29), page 36
    30. Mega Force, "Décembre 1993" (FR; 1993-12-10), page 88
    31. Mega Fun, "12/93" (DE; 1993-11-24), page 44
    32. Mega Machines, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-09), page 30
    33. MegaTech, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-20), page 42
    34. Mean Machines Sega, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-10-xx), page 28
    35. Player One, "Décembre 1993" (FR; 1993-1x-xx), page 66
    36. Score, "Srpen 1994" (CZ; 1994-08-01), page 61
    37. Sega Magazin, "November/Dezember 1993" (DE; 1993-11-03), page 62
    38. Sega Magazine, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-10), page 108
    39. Sega Power, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-02), page 52
    40. Sega Pro, "Xmas Special 1993" (UK; 1993-12-02), page 44
    41. Sega Zone, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-25), page 24
    42. Sega Force, "2/94" (SE; 1994-02-23), page 19
    43. Sega Mega Drive Review, "1" (RU; 1995-04-03), page 54
    44. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
    45. Sonic the Comic, "March 4th 1994" (UK; 1994-02-19), page 11
    46. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-xx-xx), page 72
    47. VideoGames Shopper, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 27
    48. Video Games, "11/93" (DE; 1993-10-27), page 126
    49. VideoGames, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 80


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