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FIFA Soccer 96

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For the Sega 32X version, see FIFA Soccer 96 (32X); for the Sega Saturn version, see FIFA Soccer 96 (Saturn).
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FIFA Soccer 96
Publisher: Electronic Arts (US/EU), Electronic Arts Victor (JP),
Sega Game Gear
Black Pearl Software
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
Sound driver:
Sega Mega Drive
Electronic Arts/Kevin Pickell
Peripherals supported:
Sega Mega Drive
4 Way Play
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.95[1] 757901
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£45.99 E338SMYI
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F E338SMYI
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? E338SMYI
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas E338SMYI
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 046940
Sega Mega Drive
AS
? 757901



Sega Game Gear
US
$?
Sega Game Gear
UK
£? T-100108-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-100108-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-100108-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-100108-50



FIFA Soccer '96 (FIFAサッカー'96) is an entry to the FIFA series of video games, and was developed by Extended Play Productions and published by Electronic Arts. It was released for the Sega Mega Drive, and Sega Game Gear, with different versions of the game being released for the the Sega 32X and the the Sega Saturn.

Though it was not the first FIFA game (both FIFA Soccer '95 and FIFA International Soccer had come before it), FIFA 96 is often considered the first truly successful FIFA game, and opened the doors to annual sequels that continue to this day.

History

Versions

The Mega Drive's rival, the Super NES, did not receive the previous years' FIFA 95 (instead getting a bespoke variant of FIFA International Soccer in 1994, different to the 1993 Mega Drive edition), so FIFA 96 acts as the first title to see a simultaneous release on both platforms. While the codebase likely stems from the Mega Drive, the Super NES version of FIFA 96 operates with a much lower frame rate and can slow down further when many players are on-screen.

Performance issues would be a running trend with the Super NES conversions of FIFA, with FIFA 97: Gold Edition and FIFA Road to World Cup 98 also running noticeably slower than their Mega Drive counterparts.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

  • Programmers: Brian Plank, David Hards, Shawn Taras
  • Artists: Suzan Germic-Smith, Laura Parr
  • Animators: Joe MacDonald, David Demorest
  • Animation Rendering: John Rix, Craig Hui
  • Art Director: David Adams
  • Music and SFX: Rob Bailey
  • Producer and Designer: Bruce McMillan
  • Development Director: Ted Sylka
  • Associate Producer: Adrienne Travica
  • Product Managers: Chip Lange, Neil Thewarapperuma
  • Additional Programming: Calvin Haas, Kevin Pickell
  • Lead Testers: Scott Blackwood, Rob Purewal
  • Testers: Doug Hollinrake, Darren Yung, Darren Sleno, Randy Parmar, Marcin Karasinski, Sean Marcoux, Robert Kaill, Mike Samilski, Geoff Ball, Phong Lam
  • Special Thanks: Mike Kiernan, Marc Aubanel, Nick Wlodyka, Carl Valentine, Jeff Dyck
Source: In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: FIFA Soccer 96/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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GamePlayers US 0811.pdfGamePlayers US 0811.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Game Players (US) Vol. 8 No. 11 "November 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №48, p136/137[2]
88
93 №77, p118[1]
84 №36, p40/41
88
80 №12/95, p31[3]
86 №38, p74/75[4]
90 №58, p124/125
78 №25, p12[5]
91 №73, p58/59
90 №54, p30/31
90 №70, p10/11
82 №11/95, p94[6]
Sega Mega Drive
87
Based on
13 reviews

Mega Drive, US
FIFA96 MD US Box.jpg
Cover
FIFA96 md us cart.jpg
Cart
FIFA 96 MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Fifa96 MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
FIFA96 md us cart.jpg
Cart
Fifa Soccer 96 MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, BR
FIFA96 MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
FIFA Soccer 96 MD BR cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AS
Fifa96 MD AS Frontcover.jpg
Cover
FIFA96 md us cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
87 №62, p105[7]
75 №29, p83[8]
Sega Game Gear
81
Based on
2 reviews

Game Gear, US
FIFA96 GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngFIFA96 GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Fifa96 US GG Cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, EU
FIFA96 GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
FIFA96 GG EU Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 bad30ffa
MD5 545b07c1c599f49ea93a4b7b2c7c3782
SHA-1 a7fcfe478b368d7d33bcbca65245f5faed9a1e07
2MB 1995-08 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)