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Tony Meola's Sidekicks Soccer / Ramos' World Wide Soccer

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This prototype of Tony Meola's Sidekicks Soccer is fairly close to final, but does have some noticeable differences from the final version. Thanks to Martin at NES World for the ROM Image!

By: Evan G
Last updated: October 9, 2010

Tony Meola's Sidekicks Soccer is a soccer game by Sculptured Software, which uses the same gameplay engine as NCAA Basketball and NHL Stanley Cup Hockey. I guess Nintendo decided to skip publishing the game, and instead Electro Brain picked it up.

The prototype of the game is fairly close to being final. The gameplay and options are pretty much identical. There are some minor graphical changes, such as a different soccer ball image in the menu screen, different fonts for the city team names, and changing the icon over top of the player's selected player. When you score a goal in the final version, the team that scored has a victory celebration, while nothing happens the prototype. The flag for the Netherlands team is glitched in the prototype - I suspect bitrot or improper dumping of the second chip (the dump does not match the B3D6 checksum value on the label). The final game has a slight loading time between the different game option screens that doesn't exist in the prototype. There are also several player names that are changed, which are listed below:

  • Chinese team: player named Dung in prototype, Deng in final
  • Italian team has several changes; Pollux/Pollo, Yolanda/Gucci, Mithradatio/DeAngelis
  • Pakistan team: Maloof/Malouf
  • Romania team: Choceskue/Wonucia

This game doesn't win any awards for presentation, so I doubt there are any other major differences.

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Prototype - Italian Team namesFinal - Italian Team names. Also note the soccer ball icon is different
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Prototype - note the messed up graphics for the NetherlandsFinal version
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PrototypeFinal - note the smaller font for the team names
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Prototype gameplay - note that the player you control has a white dot over topFinal gameplay - the player you control has an arrow over top
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PCB board of the prototype

Download the ROM image here


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