Neo Geo MVS Games | The next glory – Super Sidekicks 3| Repro box | US version
Neo Geo MVS game, repro box, used, Japanese version.
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Published in 1995 (Japanese title: Tokuten Ou 3 – Eikoue no Michi, “Goal-Scoring King 3: Path to the Glory”), the third game features 64 national teams divided into 8 regions:
Europe A: Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Norway, England, Turkey, Portugal, Poland
Europe B: Germany, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Romania, Denmark, Wales, Czech Republic
Europe C: France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Russia, Greece, Austria, Hungary, Finland
Africa: Nigeria, Morocco, Cameroon, Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea
Americas: United States, Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Puerto Rico (replaced Honduras), Panama
South America: Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Ecuador, Peru, Chile (replaces Paraguay)
Asia A: Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Iran, Vietnam, Iraq, Singapore
Asia B: Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, U. A. E., Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Malaysia
The World Tournament mode is the same as Super Sidekicks 2, above.
The new features in this game include naming the player scoring goals for his team and keeping score of how many goals he scores during his team’s use by the player. Alongside the “Top Teams” ranking which serves as a high score table for teams, there is a “Top Scorer” table for individual players. The name and use of scoring players is random.
The second new feature include regional tournaments, in which a team (from any region) can enter a tournament within its own region or other regions. This is good for those players who like a particular team but don’t want to be facing the same opponents every time, as they would if they played the World tournament. Championships include World Tournament (FIFA World Cup), Europe Tournament (UEFA European Football Championship), South America Tournament (Copa América), Americas Tournament (CONCACAF Gold Cup), Africa Tournament (African Cup of Nations), and Asia Tournament (AFC Asian Cup).
The game was re-released three years later under the name Neo Geo Cup ’98: The Road to the Victory. In order to mirror the 1998 FIFA World Cup, some player names, kits and teams were changed:
Croatia replaced Poland
Scotland replaced Wales
Yugoslavia replaced Finland
Tunisia replaced Guinea
Jamaica replaced Panama
Paraguay returned and replaced Bolivia
However, the game played and looked exactly like the original Super Sidekicks 3. Even the goal animations remained unchanged.
Once again, SNK failed to get official FIFA license and featured fake names. However, some reflect actual players. Roul represents Raúl of Spain, Dahl represents Martin Dahlin of Sweden, and Klinger represents Jurgen Klinsmann of Germany.
In Neo Geo Cup 98, teams face teams of their group in the 1998 qualification instead of regions in the game. For example, if the player selects Spain, they play against Yugoslavia. However, some are inaccurate. For example, if the player picks Brazil, they play against Uruguay before the World Tournament. But Brazil qualifies automatically.
The game was also re-released as a part of SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 on PS2, PSP and Wii.
The two sports reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly both gave the Neo Geo version an 8 out of 10. They praised the graphics, sound, and particularly the easy playability. GamePro called it “a fun, fast-paced game that will appeal to fans and nonfans alike.” They particularly praised the graphics and the “quick and intuitive” control interface. Maximum gave the Neo Geo CD version two out of five stars, saying it suffers from “wooden” gameplay and inaccurate ball physics