International Superstar Soccer (video game)

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This article is about the 1994 video game. For the whole series, see International Superstar Soccer.
International Superstar Soccer
International Superstar Soccer
Box art
Developer(s) Konami Deutschland GmbH[1]
Publisher(s) Konami Computer Entertainment Osaka Co., Ltd.[1]
Director(s) Yasuo Okuda[1]
Programmer(s) Yasuo Okuda
Eiji Nakagawa[1]
Composer(s) Harumi Ueko
Hideyuki Eto[2]
Series International Superstar Soccer
Platform(s) SNES
Release date(s)
  • JP November 11, 1994[3]
  • NA June 1995
  • EU May 23, 1995
Genre(s) Football (Sports)
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution 8-megabit cartridge

International Superstar Soccer (実況ワールドサッカーパーフェクトイレブン Jikkyō Wārudo Sakkā Pāfekuto Irebun, "Live World Soccer Perfect Eleven" in Japan) is a football video game developed by Konami for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It is known as the best soccer game available for any 16-bit systems, mostly due to its lifelike approach, innovative for the time, that showed diversified players in the same team, with an adult look and back numbers on their respective jerseys, corresponding to real-life players of the time.


Game modes[edit]

  • Open Game: A simple friendly match, that can be played against the CPU, another player, or just watched as the CPU controls both teams.
  • International Cup: A mode that emulates the FIFA World Cup, where teams are distributed in six groups of four teams each. The best 16 in this stage qualify to the knockout stage until the champion is known.
  • World Series: A league competition where all teams play against each other in a round-robin system.
  • Training: A series of challenges in different respects (dribbling, passing, shooting to the goal, defending and corner kick taking, in order), where the player must complete these challenges successfully under the established time, with the goal to sharpening the player's abilities.
  • Scenario: Enables the player to select one among nine matches running their courses, in order to achieve victory before time runs out (all matches start during the second half, and the player's team may be losing or tied). A draw results in failure.
  • Penalty Kick: A simple penalty kick match. Each team takes five shots alternately and, if there is no winner after these shots, they go into a sudden death round.

The game uses a password system in order to save and load International Cup and World Series matches.


The game features 26 national teams, all of which based on their real-life counterparts as of the 1994 FIFA World Cup, even in the case of non-entrants Austria, Denmark, France, Wales, Scotland and England, which are represented by their line-ups from the qualifiers. Of these teams, 20 made it into the real FIFA World Cup. Bolivia, Saudi Arabia, Greece and Morocco do not appear in the game, despite having qualified for the tournament.

Teams in Japanese Version[edit]

Had only 24 teams which included 5 Asian: Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Japan. England participated with the flag of Great Britain.


On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the game a 29 out of 40.[4] GamePro commented that though it fails to dethrone FIFA International Soccer as the best soccer simulator for the SNES because of its less precise controls and weaker sounds, International Superstar Soccer is a solid game due to its detailed and "lifelike" graphics, numerous options, and particularly its training mode.[5] The two sports reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly both gave it a 7 out of 10 rating. Similar to GamePro, they remarked that the controls are imperfect but praised the graphics and play options. One of the reviewers complained that the enjoyable play-by-play feature of the Japanese version was taken out of the North American release.[6] Game Players gave it an overall rating of 79%.[1]


Due to lack of licenses of FIFA, Konami created fictional names to represent real players. One of them is Allejo, portrayed as Bebeto. Seen by some as a Brazilian meme, Allejo gained popularity as a skilled player capable of impossible moves and goals. He was pointed as national phenomenon [7] and he's been actually considered one of the best Brazilian footballers of all times.[8][9]

Alternate games[edit]

There are two identical versions of the game, icieron a translation to Spanish called FUTBOL EXCITANTE the translation was for the Japanese version and included Peru team, in Brazil was called Super Campeonato Brasileiro which only involved local clubs including the Brazil team.


  1. ^ a b c d e International Superstar Soccer at MobyGames
  2. ^ Game profile of International Superstar Soccer at SNES Music
  3. ^ International Superstar Soccer at GameFAQs
  4. ^ NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: 実況ワールドサッカー PERFECT ELEVEN. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.309. Pg.38. 11–18 November 1994.
  5. ^ "Konami Soccer Comes Close". GamePro (IDG) (69): 100. April 1995. 
  6. ^ "Team EGM: International Superstar Soccer (SNES) by Konami". Electronic Gaming Monthly (Ziff Davis) (68): 102. March 1995. 
  7. ^ "Fenômeno Allejo prova que caráter oficial não garante sucesso de games". 
  8. ^ "Que Fim Levou? – Allejo". 
  9. ^ "Que Messi, que Neymar, que Pandolfo, que Cristiano Ronaldo, que Iniesta? O melhor jogador do mundo foi, e sempre será, ALLEJO!".