International Superstar Soccer 98

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International Superstar Soccer 98
ISS 98 N64.jpg
North American Nintendo 64 cover art
Developer(s) Konami Computer Entertainment Osaka
Publisher(s) Konami
Platform(s) Nintendo 64
Release date(s)
  • JP June 4, 1998
  • EU September 1, 1998
  • NA September 15, 1998
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution Cartridge

International Superstar Soccer 98 (officially abbreviated as ISS 98 and known as Jikkyou World Soccer: World Cup France 1998 in Japan) is a football video game developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Osaka which was released exclusively for the Nintendo 64. Alongside International Superstar Soccer Pro 98 developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo (KCET), the games were released at the same time.

Although it lacked FIFPro licence, it featured Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli along with German goalkeeper Andreas Koepke (on German release) and Paul Ince (on British release) on the cover. The cover of the Nintendo 64 version featured Colombian player Carlos Valderrama, and the game featured license from Reebok to use their logos in adboards and the Chilean kits.

The PlayStation version was called International Superstar Soccer Pro 98 and was developed by KCET and is a completely different game.


  • The list of teams has been expanded to 52.
  • The number of players in each team has been expanded to 20.
  • Formation mode can be entered in any time during the match.
  • Player Name Editor has been implemented in Game Options.
  • Three new stadiums and five difficulty levels.
  • Player creation mode allowing the creation of up to 60 individual players.


Due to the date of release, the game focuses on 1998 FIFA World Cup and includes each qualified team plus more. Every team which participated in tournament has home, away and goalkeeper World Cup official kits featuring manufacturer logos and national emblems and the rest has those used in qualifications. The squads are in accordance with official 1998 FIFA World Cup squads as well. Teams that did not qualify have line-ups from the qualifiers. However the players' names are misspelled, though they have their actual numbers, appearance, age, weight, weight and abilities.

Game modes[edit]

International Superstar Soccer 98 featured 6 different game modes:

  • Open Game: a friendly match against the computer or another player with choices of stadium, weather and time of day, as well as match handicaps (player condition, goalkeeper strength and number of players on the field, from 7 to 11). It was also possible to spectate CPU vs. CPU matches.
  • International Cup: This mode is where the player selects a team from one region and attempts to get them to the International Cup 98, starting from the respective region's qualifiers.
  • World League: 48 international teams participate in a round-robin tournament with home and away matches.
  • Scenario: 16 situations wherein the player is placed in a match in progress. Depending on the difficulty, the player must either administer a victory (in easier matches), or win a match by breaking a tie or turning the result around (in higher difficulties).
  • Penalty Kick Mode: Two teams take a series of five penalty kicks to select the winner. In case of a draw, they undergo successive sudden death rounds.
  • Training: Practice of shooting free kicks, corner kicks and defensive play with a selected team. The player may also practice freely on the entire field without an opposite team.


  • Although line-ups were to reflect 1998 FIFA World Cup squads, there are some inconsistencies. For example, players named "Revameli" (representing Fabrizio Ravanelli for Italy), "Lomalio" (representing Romário for Brazil), "Leos" (representing Adolfo Ríos for Mexico), "Gascone" (representing Paul Gascoigne for England), "Gualdila" (representing Pep Guardiola for Spain), "Bu" (representing Ibrahim Ba for France) and "Bakcic" (representing Alen Bokšić for Croatia) did not participate in the final tournament. While the European versions offer squads closer to real-life, these errors persist.
  • Didier Deschamps and David Beckham both appear with the same in-game name, "Decham".
  • During the International Cup mode, ball turns colour to blue which resembles the ball used in the 1998 FIFA World Cup - Tricolore
  • It is impossible to lose the match by accumulating too many red cards in the PS1 version. After the third red card only yellows are shown. This does not apply to the N64 version, where having five red cards in a single match (and thus, less than seven players on pitch, per rule) results in an automatic loss.
  • Some players in the game of both qualified and non-qualified teams had initially retired for their team one year before the 1998 World Cup. For example, Matthias Sammer (Dammar) of Germany, Colin Miller (Biller), Randy Samuel (Zamual) of Canada, and Carlos Hermosillo (Hermosio) of Mexico had retired from international football in 1997. A particularly glaring case is Alain Sutter (Zuttar) of Switzerland, who left the national team in 1996.
  • Unlike its PlayStation 1 counterpart, the edit mode is limited to only typing eight characters.
  • Winning the International Cup competition allows the player to use unusual hairstyles in the create player mode.
  • Winning the International League competition unlocks European, African, Asian, American and World 'Elite' teams that can be played in the exhibition match mode.
  • Due to a number of programming flaws, goal scoring becomes highly probable in certain situations. If the direction of the ball can be changed after the goalkeeper has started his 'save' animation, he will be forced to complete that animation before producing a save that will prevent a goal.
  • The goalkeeper will never move closer to his posts. He always stays in the centre of the goal.
  • The C-left button is used to trap the ball, but by holding the button down the on-field player will juggle the ball endlessly.
  • The game's referees are only referred by the names Heinz, Carlos and Hasegawa, but in-game commentary refers to them by full names (respectively, Heinz Muller, Carlos Moreno and Yuji Hasegawa).
  • Commentary on the English version is provided by Tony Gubba. Like its predecessor, the commentary on ISS 98 is (perhaps intentionally) comical, with Gubba providing questionable analysis of the action, for instance exclaiming "good tackle!", when a player is recklessly barged to the floor using the 'hack' (A+B) move.


52 national teams are featured in the game, in addition to six All-Star teams, only accessible through a cheat code.


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