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































Number of players:
Sega Mega Drive
1-8
Sega Master System
Sega Game Gear
1-2
Official in-game languages:
  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Italiano
  • Español
  • 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
    IT
    2441
    Sega Game Gear
    BR
    R$? 075300




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    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

    PlayTime DE 1993-08.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Play Time (DE) #1993-08: "8/93" (1993-07-07)
    also published in:
    • Play Time (DE) #1993-03: "3/93" (1993-02-10)[7]
    • Sega Magazin (DE) #1: "September/Oktober 1993" (1993-09-01)[8]

    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]

    BeepMD JP 1993-11.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-11: "November 1993" (1993-10-08)

    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
    UltimateSoccer MD EU cart.jpg
    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

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Master System
     ?
    CRC32 15668CA4
    MD5 C2C9A7942ADB055EF08671C03648ED06
    SHA-1 E0ADF52B6E1F54260DD6EA80E99FFB8BF76FD49A
    256kB Cartridge (EU)
    Sega Game Gear
     ?
    CRC32 820965A3
    MD5 23ED27EBB1ED0F22610E132A3668F06B
    SHA-1 7994621926628D2376A75E8D90CD066D48A4D502
    256kB Cartridge (JP/EU)

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