2006 FIFA World Cup (video game)

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2006 FIFA World Cup
2006 FIFA World Cup.jpg
UK cover art
Developer(s) EA Canada
Exient Entertainment (DS, PSP, GBA)
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series FIFA World Cup
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Xbox, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Java ME, PlayStation Portable
Release date(s)
  • NA April 24, 2006
  • PAL April 28, 2006
PC, PS2, & Xbox 360
  • NA April 24, 2006
  • JP April 27, 2006
  • PAL April 28, 2006
  • JP May 18, 2006
  • PAL May 19, 2006
  • NA May 22, 2006
  • JP June 1, 2006
Genre(s) Sports game
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer, Online multiplayer
Distribution DVD-ROM (PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Windows), UMD (PSP), Nintendo optical disc (GameCube)

2006 FIFA World Cup is the official video game for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, published by EA Sports.[1] 2006 FIFA World Cup was released simultaneously on the GameCube, PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox and Xbox 360 on April 24, 2006. In Europe it was simultaneously released on April 28, 2006. It was also released on the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS handheld systems at the same time as the console versions. This was the last game released for the Xbox in Asia. As with some other PlayStation Portable games it was released later on May 22, 2006. In Europe, this version was released May 19, 2006. There are nine region-specific covers that feature a major player from each region.[2]

Microsoft bundled the game with the Xbox 360 in Japan and Europe. It was also bundled with the pre-release order version introduced in India during the days when World Cup fever gripped the nation. In this featured bundle, there was a limited edition faceplate included from Adidas packaged inside.[3]


The game allows players to participate in the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany by taking control of one of 127 national teams. Since the release of the game 2002 FIFA World Cup, the menus have been redesigned and have more options. It even includes a satellite map when choosing countries to play in a Friendly. Online support is provided for ranked and unranked matches on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Xbox 360. The online service provides lobbies, leaderboards and a global challenge mode where the player can play through over forty historical World Cup scenarios, and even change the history.

By playing online and in single-player mode, spending points for the virtual store are earned, where players can purchase uniforms, historical players, various footballs, boots, and gameplay options. As with the previous World Cup video game, matches in World Cup mode are played in the same order as at the World Cup in Germany.[4]


127 Playable countries

Africa (CAF)[edit]

Asia (AFC)[edit]

Europe (UEFA)[edit]

North America (CONCACAF)[edit]

Oceania (OFC)[edit]

South America (CONMEBOL)[edit]


Both IGN and GameSpot rated several versions of the game before its release in North America. The ratings below are the ratings achieved for that particular platform with IGN rankings first, then GameSpot.

System IGN Rating GameSpot Rating
GameCube 8.0 8.0
PC 8.4 8.1
PSP 7.8 8.4
PlayStation 2 8.4 7.7
Xbox 8.4 7.8
Xbox 360 8.4 8.2
Nintendo DS 7.5 7.3

Game Rankings ranked the Xbox 360 version of the game highest at 79%.


*the actual song is called Friday Night, but in the game was called Poker Face

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "EA claims World Cup". GameSpot. Retrieved 2006-04-23. 
  2. ^ "FIFA covers reflect global appeal". AOL Games. Retrieved 2006-06-08. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Japan scores FIFA-themed 360". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 18 April 2006. Retrieved 2006-04-23. 
  4. ^ "2006 FIFA World Cup Hands-On". GameSpot. Retrieved 2006-04-23. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2002 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup Official Licenced Video Game
Succeeded by
2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa