Don’t scoff at “soccer” – the word originated in Britain before it travelled to the US.
One thing that didn’t originate in Britain, however, was the SNES or Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Known as the Super Famicom in Japan, the SNES gained a new lease of life in 2017 when Nintendo released the Super NES Classic Edition. No soccer games made it to the mini-console but if you still own a proper SNES and love football (there, happy?), you might enjoy this video.
YouTube channel SNES Drunk compiled a long list of Japanese, North American, and European titles for the beautiful game in all its 16-bit glory. Some remain classics, some you’ll recognise by their names, others are best left unplayed. Either way, you’re sure to find a game you’ll enjoy. And if you don’t have a physical SNES, there’s always emulation.
My personal fave is Super Striker. It’s the only SNES soccer game I’ve played but I have fond memories of losing to my best friend in 1998. Even when I was Brazil.
Anyway, stream the video below and let us know which ones you’ve played in the comments.
[0:50] 90 Minutes: European Prime Goal (PAL and JP only, part of the SFC series J.League Prime Goal)
[1:30] Battle Soccer series (Battle Soccer Field no Hasha, Battle Soccer 2) (JP only)
[1:59] Capcom’s Soccer Shootout
[2:47] Captain Tsubasa series (Captain Tsubasa 3, Captain Tsubasa IV: Pro No Rival Tachi, Captain Tsubasa V: Hasha no Shougou Campione, Aoki Densetsu Shoot!, Captain Tsubasa J) (JP only)
[3:25] Champions World Class Soccer
[3:50] Dino Dini’s Soccer (PAL only)
[4:27] Dolucky’s A-League Soccer
[4:50] Elite Soccer (PAL title World Cup Striker)
[5:06] FIFA series (4 games)
[5:51] Goal! (Super Goal in PAL, Super Cup Soccer in JP)
[6:10] Super Goal! 2 (Takeda Nobuhiro no Super Cup Soccer in JP, sequel Takeda Nobuhiro no Super League Soccer)
[6:30] Head-On Soccer (Fever Pitch Soccer in EU, Mario Basler: Jetzt
[6:59] International Superstar Soccer (and Deluxe)
[7:56] Kevin Keegan’s Player Manager (PAL only) (KH Rummenigge’s Player Manager in Germany)
[8:31] Kick Off (PAL and JP only) (Super Kick off in JP)
[9:13] Kick Off 3 (PAL only)
[9:30] Manchester United Championship Soccer (PAL only) (Lothar Matthäus Super Soccer in Germany)
[10:09] Mega Man Soccer
[10:59] Sensible Soccer (as “International Sensible Soccer – World Champions: Limited Edition,” PAL only)
[10:59] Sensible Soccer: European Champions (Championship Soccer ’94 in US)
[11:58] Shijou Saikyou League Serie A: Ace Striker (JP only)
[12:30] Super Soccer (Super Formation Soccer in JP)
[12:52] Super Formation Soccer series (5 games) (JP only)
[13:03] Super Soccer Champ 1-2 (Euro Football Champ in EU, Hat Trick Hero in JP, Hat Trick Hero 2 in JP)
[13:39] Tactical Soccer (JP only)
[14:10] Tony Meola’s Sidekicks Soccer (World Soccer in EU, Super Copa in SA, Ramos Ruy no World Wide Soccer in JP)
[14:51] Ultra League: Moero! Soccer Daikessen!! (JP only)
[15:14] Virtual Soccer (PAL only, J.League Super Soccer in JP, sequels J.League Super Soccer ’95 Jikkyou Stadium, J.League ’96 Dream Stadium)
[15:42] World Cup USA 94
[16:13] World League Soccer (Pro Soccer in JP)
[16:27] World Soccer ’94: Road to Glory (Striker in EU, Eric Cantona Football Challenge in FR)
[17:11] Zenkoku Koukou Soccer 1-2, 96 (JP only)
[17:32] Zico Soccer (JP only)