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:
Licensor: Fédération Internationale de Football Association
Sound driver: Electronic Arts/Kevin Pickell
Peripherals supported: 4 Way Play, Team Player
Genre: Sports[1][2] (football)

















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[11] E262SMXI
    Sega Mega Drive
    FR
    E262SMXI
    Sega Mega Drive
    PT
    Sega Mega Drive
    UK
    £44.9944.99[8][9] E262SMXI
    Sega Mega Drive
    SE
    (Rental)
    Sega Mega Drive
    AU
    $99.9599.95[12]
    Sega Mega Drive
    BR
    Sega Mega Drive
    KR
    GM94015JT
    Sega Mega Drive
    SA
    Non-Sega versions

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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[13].

    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
    • Hong Kong Hong Kong
    • Hungary Hungary
    • Iraq 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[7] 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
    FIFA International Soccer MD credits.pdf
    [14]

    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 [15]
    Sega Mega Drive
    91
    Based on
    1 review
    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Version Score
    (RU)
    80
    [16]
    (DE)
    92
    [17]
    (JP) NTSC-J
    75
    [18]
    (FR)
    93
    [19]
    (UK)
    92
    [20]
    (UK)
    92
    [21]
    (UK)
    80
    [22]
    (US) NTSC-U
    100
    [23]
    (US) NTSC-U
    83
    [24]
    (RU)
    70
    [25]
    (IL)
    92
    [26]
    (US) NTSC-U
    93
    [27]
    (US) NTSC-U
    95
    [28]
    (UK)
    95
    [29]
    (AU)
    94
    [30]
    (SI)
    93
    [31]
    (FR) PAL
    95
    [32]
    (DE)
    88
    [33]
    (UK) PAL
    80
    [34]
    (UK) PAL
    94
    [35]
    (UK) PAL
    93
    [36]
    (DE) PAL
    80
    [37]
    (FR)
    85
    [38]
    (DE) PAL
    93
    [39]
    (UK) PAL
    89
    [40]
    (UK) PAL
    92
    [41]
    (UK) PAL
    94
    [42]
    (AU) PAL
    84
    [43]
    (FR)
    92
    [44]
    (DE)
    84
    [45]
    (NL)
    88
    [46]
    (CZ)
    80
    [47]
    (DE)
    91
    [48]
    (UK) PAL
    92
    [8]
    (UK) PAL
    92
    [49]
    (UK) PAL
    89
    [50]
    (UK) PAL
    94
    [51]
    (UK) PAL
    93
    [52]
    (SE)
    93
    [53]
    (RU)
    78
    [54]
    (JP) NTSC-J
    80
    [55]
    (UK) PAL
    95
    [56]
    (AR)
    90
    [57]
    (RU)
    90
    [58]
    (UK) PAL
    91
    [59]
    (DE) PAL
    77
    [60]
    (US) NTSC-U
    90
    [61]
    Sega Mega Drive
    89
    Based on
    47 reviews

    FIFA International Soccer

    Mega Drive, JP
    FIFA MD JP Box.jpg
    Cover
    FIFAISoccer MD JP CartTop.jpg
    FIFA MD JP Cart.jpg
    Cart
    FIFA MD JP Manual.pdf
    Manual
    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, 4 Language Manual)
    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, 4 Language Manual)
    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, EU (Blue sticker, 5 Language Manual)
    FIFA MD EU blue cover.jpg
    Cover
    FIFA MD EU Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Fifa International soccer 5lang manual version.jpg
    Manual
    Mega Drive, PT
    FIFA MD PT cover.jpg
    Cover
    FIFA MD EU Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Mega Drive, GR (Zegetron)

    FIFA MD EU Cart.jpg
    Cart
    Mega Drive, SE rental (HENT orange)
    FIFA MD SE rental cover.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, AU (NTSC)
    FIFA MD AU cover.jpg
    Cover
    Mega Drive, AU (PAL)

    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
    Notavailable.svg
    Manual

    Technical information

    Main article: FIFA International Soccer/Technical information.

    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. File:DailyExpress UK 1993-12-03 34.jpg
    5. File:DailyExpress UK 1993-12-02 27.jpg
    6. File:DailyMirror UK 1993-12-03 08.jpg
    7. 7.0 7.1 File:LevelOne_UK_94.01.28.jpg
    8. 8.0 8.1 Sega Magazine, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-10), page 98
    9. Computer & Video Games, "February 1995" (UK; 1995-01-15), page 81
    10. Mega Force, "Octobre 1993" (FR; 1993-10-08), page 22
    11. MAN!AC, "11/93" (DE; 1993-xx-xx), page 23
    12. Megazone, "December 1993" (AU; 1993-12-01), page 43
    13. Computer & Video Games, "September 1993" (UK; 1993-08-15), page 68
    14. File:FIFA International Soccer MD credits.pdf
    15. GamesMaster, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 73
    16. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2001-xx-xx), page 80
    17. Aktueller Software Markt, "März 1994" (DE; 1994-02-07), page 53
    18. Beep! MegaDrive, "July 1994" (JP; 1994-06-08), page 16
    19. Consoles +, "Décembre 1993" (FR; 1993-1x-xx), page 126
    20. Computer & Video Games, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-15), page 96
    21. Computer & Video Games, "August 1994" (UK; 1994-07-15), page 111
    22. Edge, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-10-28), page 96
    23. Electronic Games (1992-1995), "July 1994" (US; 1994-0x-xx), page 75
    24. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "November 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 48
    25. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 1, "" (RU; 1999-xx-xx), page 314
    26. Freak, "2/94" (IL; 1994-xx-xx), page 39
    27. Game Players, "Vol. 7 No. 1 January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 114
    28. GamePro, "December 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 202
    29. (UK) "Series 3, episode 12" (1993-11-25, 24:00) (+7:34)
    30. Hyper, "January 1994" (AU; 199x-xx-xx), page 40
    31. Joker, "Junij 1994" (SI; 1994-xx-xx), page 23
    32. Joypad, "Décembre 1993" (FR; 1993-1x-xx), page 68
    33. MAN!AC, "11/93" (DE; 1993-xx-xx), page 22
    34. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 22
    35. Mega, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 30
    36. Mega Action, "Christmas 1993" (UK; 1993-12-02), page 36
    37. Megablast, "1/94" (DE; 1993-12-29), page 36
    38. Mega Force, "Décembre 1993" (FR; 1993-12-10), page 88
    39. Mega Fun, "12/93" (DE; 1993-11-24), page 44
    40. Mega Machines, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-09), page 30
    41. MegaTech, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-20), page 42
    42. Mean Machines Sega, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-10-xx), page 28
    43. Megazone, "December 1993" (AU; 1993-12-01), page 42
    44. Player One, "Décembre 1993" (FR; 1993-1x-xx), page 66
    45. Power Play, "12/93" (DE; 1993-11-12), page 138
    46. Power Unlimited, "Nummer 11, Juni 1994" (NL; 1994-05-25), page 22
    47. Score, "Srpen 1994" (CZ; 1994-08-01), page 61
    48. Sega Magazin, "November/Dezember 1993" (DE; 1993-11-03), page 62
    49. Sega Magazine, "February 1994" (UK; 1994-01-10), page 108
    50. Sega Power, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-12-02), page 52
    51. Sega Pro, "Xmas Special 1993" (UK; 1993-12-02), page 44
    52. Sega Zone, "December 1993" (UK; 1993-11-25), page 24
    53. Sega Force, "2/94" (SE; 1994-02-23), page 19
    54. Sega Mega Drive Review, "1" (RU; 1995-04-03), page 54
    55. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
    56. Sonic the Comic, "March 4th 1994" (UK; 1994-02-19), page 11
    57. Supergames, "Ano I, Numero I" (AR; 1994-xx-xx), page 12
    58. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 72
    59. VideoGames Shopper, "January 1994" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 27
    60. Video Games, "11/93" (DE; 1993-10-27), page 126
    61. VideoGames, "January 1994" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 80


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