Super Soccer / World Cup Soccer / World Championship Soccer – Mega Drive

World Championship Soccer was one of the first games of Mega Drive, released by Sega in 1989. It was also the first football game Mega Drive and for a long time was the only. In Japan your name was World Cup Soccer. The ROM of the games was the same in both continents, but the game checked the console and displayed the appropriate title in the opening: World Championship Soccer in American and European Islands or World Cup Soccer in the Japanese islands.

In Japanese consoles, the name of the game is World Cup Soccer

In Japanese consoles, the name of the game is World Cup Soccer

In American or European Islands, the name of the game's World Championship Soccer

In American or European Islands, the name of the game's World Championship Soccer

No Brasil, It was released by Tec Toy under the name Super Soccer. As the Brazilian Islands are equal to Americans, in terms of region, the name that appears in the title is also World Championship Soccer.

In Europe, the game was released with the name World Cup Italia ' 90, but another ROM, with the title screen changed to show that name and viewing including the World Cup mascot. In This ROM, This title also appears if the game is run in the American or Japanese console.

Later, it was also called Sega Soccer in a cartridge with 5 games released exclusively by Tec Toy, which received the name of Sega Top Five, and also some other compilations. In these cases the title screen also changed, but the game remained the same.

In 1994 won a continuation, call World Championship Soccer II, that apparently was only released in the USA and in Europe, getting out of Brazil and Japan. I just knowing this continuation only recently with the use of the Mega Everdrive.

The Super Soccer / World Cup Soccer / World Championship Soccer It is based on the World Cup 1990. But, the game was released before the end of the playoffs, and that only counts with 14 of the teams that qualified for the World Cup. Were left out: Austria, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Romania, and Sweden. The selections present are United States, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Morocco, Algeria, England, Scotland, Italy, France, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Poland, Soviet Union, West Germany, China, Japan and South Korea.

The selections present the Super football are United States, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Morocco, Algeria, England, Scotland, Italy, France, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Poland, Soviet Union, West Germany, China, Japan and South Korea.

The selections present the Super football are United States, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Morocco, Algeria, England, Scotland, Italy, France, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Poland, Soviet Union, West Germany, China, Japan and South Korea.

Something that intrigued me a lot when I put my hands on the cartridge from Super Soccer da Tec Toy, and that still puzzles me until today, is the following. At the time (1992), I had one Sega Genesis, American version of the Mega Drive, as what I have today. While playing the Super Soccer / World Cup Soccer / World Championship Soccer in my console, the brazilian squad was composed of: Carlos, Victor, Menlo, Scarpen, Wilkins, Jaquin, Batista, Feldman, Colin, Zukka, Sora, Cerezo, Liberino, Karras, Pola, and Great. My cousin, that had brought the cartridge, to see it said something: “Pola? Great? In my video game appears Pele, Casagrande…”. I thought he was messing with me, but when I went to his house I saw that really in his console, and with the same cartridge, the brazilian squad was composed of: Carlos, Vitor, Edson, Oscar, Edinho, Leandro, Batista, Falcao, Junior, Zico, Socrates, Cerezo, Liberino, bald, Skin, and Casagrande. The difference is that the console it was Japanese. It, as was evident when I rented the Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II, There is a region in the games consoles can access and take different decisions, How to change the title of the game and the names of the players of a team, as Super Soccer, or even run the region for which it was distributed, like Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II.

 

In The Americas, the brazilian squad has Karras, Pola, and Great in attack

In The Americas, the brazilian squad has Karras, Pola, and Great in attack

In Japan, the brazilian squad has Bald, Skin, and Casagrande in the attack

In Japan, the brazilian squad has Bald, Skin, and Casagrande in the attack

But why the difference of names from one region to another? That I still can't figure out. Use the real names of players without the risk of being sued is something that depends on licenses, and these licenses have a cost. So it is natural that games which do not have licenses to use fictitious names, is that way until today. But why use real names in Japan and fictitious in America and Europe? The law would protect Japanese Sega in this case? And why Carlos, Cerezo and Liberino escaped the changes?

When looking for the ROM of the game to make a little video demonstrating how the game gets in the American console and in Japanese, I found something that has only increased confusion. The group in-Intro catalogs currently 3 versions of World Cup Soccer / World Championship Soccer. They are:

  1. World Cup Soccer ~ World Championship Soccer (Japan, USA)
  2. World Cup Soccer ~ World Championship Soccer (Japan, USA) (v 1.2)
  3. World Cup Soccer ~ World Championship Soccer (Japan, USA) (Rev B)

Want to know what is the difference between the 3 versions? Because the only ones I found relate precisely to the title and the names of players. The first version, World Cup Soccer ~ World Championship Soccer (Japan, USA), shows the real names of players regardless of the region of the console. The second version, World Cup Soccer ~ World Championship Soccer (Japan, USA) (v 1.2), shows fictitious names regardless of the region of the console. Por fim, the third version, World Cup Soccer ~ World Championship Soccer (Japan, USA) (Rev B), is the one that shows fictitious names or real, Depending on the console being American or Japanese, respectively.

With respect to title, the first version shows no World Championship Soccer When the game is placed in an American or European console, but only Soccer, What is weirder.

The first version of the game was just Soccer in the Americas

The first version of the game was just Soccer in the Americas

I don't know in which order these ROMs were released, but it may be in the order listed. Possibly the Sega initially used real names without worrying, After fixed this in a new version with names exchanged, and finally released the last version which shows the names according to the region, bringing back the real names for the Japanese. This third version is the one that was released in Brazil by Tec Toy, What explains the “phenomenon” I noticed in my childhood.

Another hypothesis would be that the third version I listed is the second to be released, removing the real names of the West, to later solve take the Japanese. This hypothesis gains strength if we consider that the Sega Soccer das compilações traz os nomes fictícios independentemente da região do console.

Os nomes dados pelo No-Intro também não ajudam, o que vem antes, uma versão 1.2 ou uma revisão B? Procurando pela convenção de nomes do No-Intro o que descobri é que números de versão costumam ser identificados na própria ROM, enquanto revisões costumam ser um selo no cartucho, o que pesa em favor da Revisão B ter vindo depois.

Moreover, por que a Sega mudou o nome do jogo nas compilações? Seria por que a Copa já tinha passado? E por que o nome americano do jogo no ocidente foi World Championship Soccer em vez of World Cup Soccer? Me parece que atualmente o nomeWorld Cupé propriedade da Fifa, logo não poderia ser usado como título de jogos não licenciados. Seria assim desde 1989?

Olhando o tamanho da imagem das ROMs compactada (zip), temos 158.252 bytes para a primeira versão, 158.636 bytes para a segunda versão, and 160.132 bytes para a terceira versão. The 384 bytes a mais da segunda versão devem dar conta da diferença no título. E os quase 2 KBytes a mais da terceira versão são o indício que faltava de que ele tem dois nomes para cada jogador. Eu não chequei os nomes do jogadores das outras seleções, vou deixar isso como exercício para você leitor. 🙂

Ultimately, são mais perguntas do que respostas. E não tenho grandes esperanças de encontrar uma solução para o mistério. Já procurei bastante e até agora não encontrei.

Mas voltemos ao Super Soccer / World Cup Soccer / World Championship Soccer. Como quem assistiu a Copa de 1990 (ou tem a mínima noção de que o Pelé não estava mais atuando em 1990) já deve ter reparado, os nomes reais ou fictícios não correspondem aos da seleção da Copa de 1990 e nem mesmo aos das eliminatórias. O único jogador da lista que me recordo que estava na seleção de 1990 é o Careca. Os demais, como Pelé e Sócrates, estiveram em outras seleções, de outras copas, mas não na de 1990.

O jogo apresenta uma visão de cima, 90º com relação ao campo o tempo todo, de forma que vemos a cabeça e os ombros dos jogadores, com pernas e braços aparecendo quando caminham ou quando dão um carrinho. Não há faltas, não há substituições.

Super Soccer / World Cup Soccer / World Championship Soccer

Super Soccer / World Cup Soccer / World Championship Soccer

Super Soccer / World Cup Soccer / World Championship Soccer

Super Soccer / World Cup Soccer / World Championship Soccer

Super Soccer / World Cup Soccer / World Championship Soccer

Super Soccer / World Cup Soccer / World Championship Soccer

Há dois modos de jogo: World Cup and Test Match. O primeiro modo é como a Copa do Mundo, com fase de grupos e fase eliminatória, portanto jogamos pelo menos 3 games. O jogo termina com o título após 7 jogos ou com a seleção desclassificada, seja por não passar da fase de grupos ou por ser derrotada em algum jogo da fase eliminatória.

The mode Test Match é um amistoso que pode ser jogado por 1 or 2 players. Note que a opção para dois jogadores só aparece se o segundo controle estiver conectado ao Mega Drive, do contrário ela não aparece, e é por isso que ela não está presente no vídeo que eu fiz.

A seleção é escolhida através de um mapa. As equipes tem quatro atributos: speed, habilidade, defesa e goleiro, e podem ir de 1 a 5. Após escolher a seleção que iremos representar é preciso escalar o time dentre as opções. O esquema é sempre o 4-4-2, então escolhemos 1 dentre 2 goleiros, 4 dentre 5 zagueiros, 4 dentre 6 meio-campistas, and 2 dentre 3 atacantes. Os atletas também tem suas habilidades individuais, como velocidade, chute, desarme e precisão.

Super Soccer - Escolha sua seleção pelo mapa. Aproveite para aprender um pouco de Geografia

Super Soccer – Escolha sua seleção pelo mapa. Aproveite para aprender um pouco de Geografia

Partidas empatadas nas fases eliminatórias são decididas nos pênaltis, onde temos a visão por trás do cobrador ou por trás do goleiro, dependendo de estarmos chutando ou defendendo. No modo de dois jogadores a visão é sempre a do cobrador.

Visão do cobrador nos penaltis

Visão do cobrador nos penaltis

Visão do goleiro nos penaltis

Visão do goleiro nos penaltis

Uma música toca durante o jogo todo. For the same selection is always the same song, What can tire out a little. The music just stops at charges of corner kicks and goal kicks, When a screen appears with another angle of view (behind the player), and returns after the collection. In a static screen appears with goals a player celebrating and we heard a digitized voice of “Goal”, the same as heard on the title screen.

Collection of Super Soccer goal kick

Collection of Super Soccer goal kick

Super Soccer goal

Super Soccer goal

Super Soccer goal

Super Soccer goal

The gameplay is only reasonable, After all it was the first football game of the console, and even then there wasn't anything much better than that. Best titles ended up appearing later, but then I was already in the Super Nintendo, or such that Super Soccer / World Cup Soccer / World Championship Soccer was the only football Mega Drive I really played quite. Pelé, Super Kick Off, and FIFA's Soccer also appear in my list of games ending in Mega Drive, but I barely remember them. What scored same was the Super Soccer.

In my childhood I managed to finish the game, so he joined my list of Sega Genesis Games finished in position 16. Unfortunately I haven't been able to reproduce the feat on video I made to show the game.

The short list of ended my childhood games, with the Super Soccer (World Championship Soccer) in the position 16 Mega Drive section

The short list of ended my childhood games, with the Super Soccer (World Championship Soccer) in the position 16 Mega Drive section

In the video I show the 3 versions of the game, until the screen shows the names of players. Note that o Mega Everdrive allows me to “cheat” the game and do my Sega Genesis posing as a Japanese Mega Drive. And so I can show you how the game behaves in your Revision B, both in an American console as in a Japanese console. Por fim, I play some matches to show it.

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Very good. On the mysteries, I believe his speculations are very reasonable. Official responses should not exist, porque dificilmente a Sega admitiria que evitou usar nomes de jogadores ou marca da Fifa para evitar risco de ser processada.

Sobre os games de futebol, eu sei que joguei vários jogos, mas o que mais joguei foi um do Master System que permitia jogar com 2 jogadores no mesmo time, um controlava exclusivamente o goleiro e o outro os jogadores de linha. Eu jogava com um amigo e dividamos o preço do aluguel do cartucho. Vc sabe qual era o nome deste jogo?