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Release year: 1994 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Konami
International Superstar Soccer (SNES) Game
International Superstar Soccer (AKA ISS and Jikkyō World Soccer: Perfect Eleven) is a 2D sports soccer video game developed and published by Konami for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in 1994. It revolutionized everything in the sports gaming industry from graphics, animation, and variety, making the game widely regarded as the best sports game of its time.
Even for SNES standards, International Superstar Soccer has astoundingly good graphics. The players are realistic, accurately portraying faces, skin tone, jersey numbers, which was groundbreaking for a 16-bit game. Background people are detailed too – the crowds are enthusiastic and there are even photographers included. Game and object speeds are just right. The animation is remarkable for its fluidity, making gameplay a smooth experience. This game rivaled Fifa 96.
Another strong point of this game is the variety of modes to cater to different kinds of gamers. You can play International Superstar Soccer in 9 modes, namely Open Game, International Cup, Mini Tournament, Euro Cup, World League, World Series, Training, Scenario and Penalty Kick. Casual gamers would enjoy the Open Game mode, a regular match that you can play with a CPU or another player. More intense gamers would prefer the World Series mode, an all-play-all tournament type.
If there was one aspect of this game that needs improvement, it would be the controls. They are easy enough to grasp, but some users find it difficult to score a goal due to control inaccuracies and response delays.
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International Superstar Soccer has a humorous aspect, too, which was a nice touch. Konami was not able to acquire the necessary licenses to use the players’ real names, so they made characters in their likeness and intentionally misspelled their names. The animation can be funny, too. Goalkeepers hanging their heads in shame or reporters getting knocked down are minor details, but add to the enjoyment factor of the game.
The groundbreaking accomplishments of the game make this game is a highly satisfactory game, even in today’s standards. While the graphics and general aesthetic appear retro, the overall quality and playability of the game stood the test of time.
International Superstar Soccer game has been ported to Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Super NES, Windows, and Xbox.