World Cup Italia '90

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World Cup Italia '90
World Cup Italia '90
Cover art
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Sega
Series FIFA World Cup
Platform(s) Mega Drive, Master System, MS-DOS
Release date(s) 1990
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution Cartridge, Diskette

World Cup Italia '90 is a football video game by Sega for Mega Drive and Master System released in 1990.


This is the second World Cup official licensed franchise game based on the 1990 FIFA World Cup featuring the official logo and the mascot, the first having been the ill-fated and little-known World Cup Carnival for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The game gives official groups, teams and the fidelity schedule of the championship. Gameplay occurs at a birds eye view.

It was ported by U.S. Gold for DOS, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum.[1] The Spectrum version of the game went to number 2 in the UK sales charts, behind Manchester United.[2] After the World Cup, the game was released as World Championship Soccer and later renamed to Sega Soccer on the Mega 6 compilation cartridge on the Mega Drive removing the Virgin Mastertronic credits. In Brazil was released with the name Super Futebol II.

World Cup Italia 90 sees the player given the choice of participating as any of the teams that featured in the tournament itself, and no qualifying tournaments to reach the World Cup are available on this game.

Mega placed the game at #5 in their list of the 10 Worst Mega Drive Games of All Time,[3] and awarded a score of 40%.[4]

See also[edit]

There are other officially licensed Italia '90 games: World Cup Italia '90, Italy '90 Soccer and Italia 1990 Codemaster.


  1. ^ World Championship Soccer – MobyGames
  2. ^
  3. ^ Mega magazine issue 1, page 85, Future Publishing, Oct 1992
  4. ^ Mega rating, issue 9, page 23, Future Publishing, June 1993

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Preceded by
Manchester United
UK number-one Spectrum game
August–September 1990
Succeeded by
Shadow Warriors
Preceded by
World Cup Carnival
FIFA World Cup Official Licenced Video Game
Succeeded by
World Cup USA '94