International Superstar Soccer 64
|International Superstar Soccer 64|
European Nintendo 64 cover art
|Developer(s)||Konami Computer Entertainment Osaka|
|Series||International Superstar Soccer|
International Superstar Soccer 64 (officially abbreviated as ISS 64 and known as Jikkyou World Soccer 3 in Japan) is a football video game developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Osaka in the International Superstar Soccer series by Konami and released for the Nintendo 64 that is essentially a Nintendo 64 version of International Superstar Soccer Pro. The game on the whole is similar to the PlayStation version (including the same player names) but with some teams having a more inaccurate home or away kit. As for its team lineup, it follows more closely the Super NES version of International Superstar Soccer Deluxe, only with South Africa (or, if this version is considered from the conversion, Romania) replacing Morocco.
In essence, the game is quite the same as its Super NES predecessor, International Superstar Soccer Deluxe, vastly upgraded for the Nintendo 64, with 3D animation, fluid and fast-paced gameplay. While it kept largely the same team roster (with the teams now sporting near-authentic kits), South Africa debuted in this game as a selectable side, replacing Morocco. However, the Japanese version of ISS 64 has teams that are not present in the overseas versions, such as Bolivia, Yugoslavia, Canada and Saudi Arabia.
There are six game modes, including a fun multiplayer 1-4 player (except for everyone's icons being the same color) exhibition mode and training. International Cup has the player competing against a range of teams from around the world in a round-robin tournament; World League is a series of 70 matches against every one of other teams in the game.
The player can also contest a penalty shoot-out competition with up to 4 players, or attempt to complete certain scenario games (where each game is set up with a specific goal, for example scoring a goal within a given time limit, or stopping the opposing team from scoring, etc.).
IGN gave International Superstar Soccer 64 a rating of 9.0 out of 10. They stated "Konami didn't sacrifice responsiveness for motion-capture" but criticised the presentation by saying there was no FIFA license and that the overall look was a bit cartooney. Official Nintendo Magazine ranked it the 81st best game available on Nintendo platforms.
- IGN Reviews: International Superstar Soccer 64
- East, Tom (2009-02-17). "Nintendo Feature: 100 Best Nintendo Games: Part One". Official Nintendo Magazine. Retrieved 2013-12-05.