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World Cup Soccer
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, IBM PC, ZX Spectrum
Publisher: Sega,
Commodore Amiga
Atari ST
Amstrad CPC
Commodore 64
ZX Spectrum
Elite Systems
Developer:
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥5,500 G-4009
Sega Mega Drive
US
$39.99More...[1] ?
Sega Mega Drive
US
(Classic)
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£29.99More...[2]More...[3]
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ?
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
UK
£? ?

















Commodore Amiga
UK
£24.99 ?
Atari ST
UK
£? ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Cassette)
£? ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Cassette)
£9.99 ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Disk)
£14.99 ?
ZX Spectrum
UK
(Cassette)
£? ?
ZX Spectrum
ES
(Cassette)
?Ptas ?
IBM PC compatibles
UK
£? ?




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World Cup Soccer (ワールドカップサッカー), is a football game developed and published by Sega in 1989. It was subsequently brought various home computers by Elite Systems in the following year.

Gameplay

World Cup Soccer is a top-down football game which adheres to most of the sport's rules. There are no free kicks.

Teams

There are 24 national teams in most versions of World Cup Soccer. The home computer variants exchange Japan for the Republic of Ireland.

  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Holland
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Scotland
  • Rep Korea
  • Spain
  • Uruguay
  • USA
  • USSR
  • W. Germany
  • Yugoslavia

No later releases addressed the issue of West Germany, the USSR and Yugoslavia, which had all ceased to exist by the beginning of 1993.

During the time of the japanese Mega Drive version release, the qualification phase for the actual tournament had not ended. That's the reason of the inconsistencies between the team list present on the game and the teams that actually qualifyed. This was not fixed in following releases.

History

Legacy

The game was followed by World Championship Soccer II in 1994.

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English World Cup Italia '90 World Cup Italia '90
English (US) World Championship Soccer World Championship Soccer
Japanese ワールドカップサッカー World Cup Soccer
Portuguese (Brazil) Super Futebol Super Football

World Cup Soccer has been marketed under many names. In Japan the Mega Drive version has always been known as 'World Cup Soccer and in United States, World Championship Soccer (although some earlier cartridges erroneously use the simplified development name, Soccer on the title screen). In Europe, however, the game was originally sold as a joint venture between Sega, Italian firm Olivetti (a subsidiary company of Telecom Italia), and Virgin Mastertronic, becoming World Cup Italia '90, holding the Italian 1990 FIFA World Cup license for a short period. Later variants in Europe are simply titled Sega Soccer.

Production credits

Commodore 64 version

  • Programming and Music: Mike Lympany
  • Grafix: P Robinson and S Beal
  • Technical Assistant: D Wainwright
  • Managed: S Hosseini
Animated Pixels Production


Magazine articles

Main article: World Cup Soccer/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

GamePro US 011.pdfGamePro US 011.pdfGamePro US 011.pdf

PDF
Mega Drive print advert in GamePro (US) #11: "June 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #12: "July 1990" (1990-xx-xx)More...[4]

CG GR 3 Mega Drive advert.jpg

Print advert in Computer Games (GR) #3: "Ioúnios 1990" (1990-xx-xx)

ACE UK 38.pdf

PDF
Home computers print advert in ACE (UK) #38: "November 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #108: "November 1990" (1990-10-16)More...[5]
  • ACE (UK) #39: "December 1990" (1990-xx-xx)More...[6]
  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #109: "December 1990" (1990-11-16)More...[7]

PowerPlay DE 032.pdf

PDF
Home computers print advert in Power Play (DE)No results # ()

CVG UK 111.pdf

PDF
Master System print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #111: "February 1991" (1991-01-16)

Physical scans

Mega-Tech version

Mega-Tech,
WorldChampionshipSoccer MT cover.jpg
Cover
WorldChampionshipSoccer MegaTech Cart Back.jpgWorldChampionshipSoccer MegaTech Cart.jpg
Cart

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 More...[8]
60 More...[9]
70 More...[10]
83 More...[11]
64 More...[12]
83 More...[13]
83 More...[14]
85 More...[15]
55 No results[16]
40 №9, p23
35 №11, p21
64 No results[17]
64 No results[18]
82 More...[19]
45 More...[3]
40 More...[20]
87 More...[21]
80 №18, p68
62 More...[22]
Sega Mega Drive
67
Based on
19 reviews

Mega Drive, US
WCS MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic)
WCS MD US Box SegaClassic.jpg
Cover
WCS MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU (Italia '90)
WCS MD Italia90 EU Box.jpg
Cover
WCS MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
World Cup Italia '90 MD EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, JP
WCS MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
WorldCupSoccer MD JP CartTop.jpg
WorldCupSoccer MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU
WCS MD Italia90 AU cover.jpg
Cover
Mega Drive, BR
SuperFutebol MD BR cover.jpg
Cover
SuperFutebol MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, SE (rental)
WorldCupItalia90 MD SE Box Rental.jpg
Cover

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
41 More...[23]
Commodore Amiga
41
Based on
1 review

Amiga, UK
WCS Amiga EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Amiga, DK

Amstrad CPC version

Amstrad CPC, UK

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
72 More...[24]
Atari ST
72
Based on
1 review

Atari ST, UK

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
42 More...[25]
Commodore 64
42
Based on
1 review

Commodore 64, UK (cassette)

Commodore 64, UK (disk)

IBM PC version

DOS, US
WCS DOS UK Box Back.jpgNospine.pngWCS DOS UK Box Front.jpg
Cover
WCS DOS UK Disk2.jpg
Disk 2

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 More...[26]
ZX Spectrum
80
Based on
1 review

ZX Spectrum, UK
WCS Spectrum EU Box.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, ES
WCS Spectrum ES Box Back.jpgNospine.pngWCS Spectrum ES Box Front.jpg
Cover

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments

References

  1. GamePro, "February 1990" (US; 19xx-xx-xx), page 54
  2. 2.0 2.1 ACE, "January 1991" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 165
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sega Power, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 49
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "July 1990" (US; 1990-xx-xx), page 9
  5. Computer & Video Games, "November 1990" (UK; 1990-10-16), page 11
  6. ACE, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-xx-xx), page 15
  7. Computer & Video Games, "December 1990" (UK; 1990-11-16), page 11
  8. ACE, "February 1990" (UK; 19xx-xx-xx), page 81/82 (81)
  9. Beep! MegaDrive, "February 1990" (JP; 1990-01-08), page 70 (72)
  10. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 84 (86)
  11. Complete Guide to Consoles, "" (UK; 1989-10-16), page 39
  12. Complete Guide to Consoles, "Volume IV" (UK; 1990-11-xx), page 39
  13. Computer & Video Games, "October 1989" (UK; 1989-09-16), page 120
  14. Hobby Consolas, "Febrero 1992" (ES; 1992-xx-xx), page 21
  15. Joystick, "Novembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 122
  16. Joystick, "Novembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 79
  17. Joystick, "Novembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 81
  18. Joystick, "Novembre 1990" (FR; 1990-xx-xx), page 115
  19. Raze, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-01-31), page 44/45 (44)
  20. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 55
  21. Sega Pro, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-19), page 31
  22. Sega Force, "August 1992" (UK; 1992-07-09), page 26
  23. CU Amiga, "February 1991" (UK; 1991-xx-xx), page 72/73 (72)
  24. Joystick, "Mars 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 176
  25. Zzap!64, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-13), page 69
  26. Your Sinclair, "March 1991" (UK; 1991-02-07), page 65


World Cup Soccer
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