Originally a Famicom cartridge release, Soccer plays surprising well for its age. Nintendo RD&D1 succeeded in synthesizing a robust and entertaining adaptation of the worlds most popular sport.
Japanese Title: サッカー Sakkā
English Release: Soccer (NES, 1985)
Release Date: February 21, 1986 (Launch)
Developer: Nintendo R&D1, Intelligent Systems
Product Code: FMC-SCC
Disk Format: Single-sided
Notable Credits: Music Composed by Koji Kondo.
Converted directly from the 1985 Famicom cartridge release, Soccer for the Disk System is the definition of function over form. The graphics were already hideously dated in 1985, and the lateral move to the Disk System a year later did nothing to improve the sparse visuals.
Ugly, plain, and dull are terms you could only use to describe the visuals in Soccer however. The game plays surprising well for its age, with a robust and entertaining adaptation of the worlds most popular sport.
Soccer features a selection of 7 teams each representing a different country and 5 levels of difficulty ranging from embarrassingly easy to outright punishing. Also available is a two player mode. The game even features cheerleaders at halftime, an unnecessary yet charming touch.
Certainly not much to look at, Soccer remains a primitive yet engaging sports title worth rediscovery.