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                                    FIFA Soccer '96
                                       Game Boy
                      Developer: Black Pearl   Publisher: EA Sports
                                  By: GammaBetaAlpha
                                   Table of Contents
                            How To Play                 [HELP]
                            Donations/Amazon            [DONT]
                            Contact Info                [CONT]
                                      How to Play
            FIFA '96 is a traditional football/soccer game with the FIFA license.
    Unlike most other soccer games on the Game Boy, such as Nintendo World Cup or
    International Superstar Soccer, the FIFA series plays with a diagonal
    (isometric) view screen and playing field.
            Another big difference from the other games present on the Game Boy is
    that the playing fields on FIFA '96 are immense: it can take a great deal of
    time to move the ball downfield, simply because it stretches for the length of
    several screens from goal to goal.
            Further unlike those games, play is considerably less automated, and you
    will have to take active control of a player on the field at all times if you
    wish to make any decent headway. Goals are also considerably more difficult to
    score in the FIFA series present on the Game Boy than for the other, more
    arcadey-style games. This usually borders on being hideously impossible to
            Other than that, basically all the regular football rules are present in
    FIFA '96, including having 10 players, penalties, yellow and red cards, and so
    forth. Fouls and offsides can be toggled on and off in the options menu.
            The game has the real names and logos of the country and club teams at
    the time, but does not have the names of the players themselves, instead
    resulting in generic names.
            FIFA '96 also makes use of the Super Game Boy, having enhanced graphics
    including colour when utilised.
    A - Kick the ball towards the opponent's net (Use left, right on D-Pad to aim)
        Throw in ball (Throw in)
    B - Change your active player (when on defense)
        Pass the Ball (Press and hold the B button, Aim with one or two D-Pad
                       buttons, release the B button)
        Throw in ball (Throw in)
            Kick the ball behind you (Press one D-Pad button, then the B button,
                                      then release all buttons while pushing the
                                      opposite D-Pad button)
    A + B - Strike an opposing player who is in possession of the ball
    D-Pad - Move your active player character around
            Aim kicks and passes
            Aim where the ball will approximately land on throw-ins
    Start - Pause, Unpause the Game
    Passing and Kicking
            In this game, kicking on the opponent's net is controlled by the A
    button. Even if you are at the opposite end of the field, pressing the A button
    will see the player possessing the ball kick the ball towards the opposing
    team's net.
            When you get in closer to the net, you can exert some control over the
    general direction of your kick through use of the D-Pad button while holding the
    A button and before releasing it. This aim is not entirely perfect, but it is
    relatively passable.
            The technique for passing is a bit more sloppy. You have to be moving to
    pass the ball, and while there is some leeway for the direction to pass to
    another player, sometimes you will get some absurdly slow passes, and at other
    times it will just completely skip by the player you intend to pass to.
            There are a couple of nifty things you can do, however: for example, by
    moving in one direction, then pressing the B button, releasing, and suddenly
    changing directions on the D-Pad, you can kick the ball behind you.
    Stealing the Ball
            When a member of the opposite possesses the ball and is dribbling it
    around, you can steal the ball (and possibly also knock over the opposite
    player) by moving up to him and pressing both the A + B button at the same time.
    This will always cause the ball carrier to lose the ball, but instead of
    successfully stealing it, sometimes it will just dribble out from your grasp and
    you must go grab it instead.
    Goalie Kick/Corner Kick Ball/Throw-In Targeting
            When making a kick from the corner or as a goalie, or a throw-in, you
    can move the highlighted box around on the field to direct where you want your
    kick to land. Note that if you move it too far, your kick will not land here,
    but it will go in the general direction of where you highlight the cursor.
            These are the teams present in the game. While each team has a make-up
    of (generically named) players with unique stats, the teams also have their own
    stats list represented by bars on the team select team.
            World Teams
            Algeria         Egypt           Luxembourg      Saudi Arabia
            Argentina       England         Mexico          Scotland
            Australia       Finland         Morocco         South Africa
            Austria         France          Netherlands     South Korea
            Belgium         Germany         New Zealands    Spain
            Bolivia         Greece          Nigeria         Sweden
            Brazil          Hong Kong       N. Ireland      Switzerland
            Bulgaria        Hungary         Norway          Turkey
            Cameroon        India           Peru            Ukraine
            Canada          Iraq            Portugal        UAE
            Chile           Israel          Poland          USA
            China           Italy           Qatar           Uruguay
            Columbia        Ivory Coast     Eire            Wales
            Czech Rep.      Japan           Romania
            Denmark         Kenya           Russia
            Africa All-Stars
            Asia All-Stars
            European All-Stars
            Middle-East Stars
            Of the Worlds teams, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany,
    Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the African Stars and the European
    Stars are the strongest overall.
            Brazil League           English League          French League
            -------------           --------------          -------------
            Amer-RJ                 Arsenal                 Angers
            Bangu                   Aston Villa             Auxere
            Botafogo                Blackburn               Bordeaux
            Bragan.                 Chelsea                 Caen
            Corin.                  Coventry                Cannes
            Ferrov.                 C. Palace               Le Havre
            Flamengo                Everton                 R.C. Lens
            Fluminense              Ipswich                 Lille
            Guarani                 Leeds                   Lyonnais
            Inter.                  Leics. C.               Marseille
            Palmeiras               Liverpool               Martigues
            P. Preta                Man. City               F.C. Metz
            Portug.                 Man. United             Monaco
            Santos                  Newcastle               Montpel.
            Sao Paulo               Norwich                 Nantes
            V. da Gama              Notts. F                Paris S.G.
                                    Q.P.R.                  St. Etienne
                                    Shef. Weds.             Sochaux
                                    S'hampton               Stras.
                                    Tottenham               Toulouse
                                    West Ham
            German League           Italian League          Dutch League
            -------------           --------------          ------------
            B. Munich               Atalanta                Ajax
            Cologne                 Cagliari                NAC Breda
            Dortmund                Cremon.                 Cambuur
            Dresden                 Foggia                  PSV Eind.
            Duisburg                Genoa                   Feyenoord
            Frankfurt               Juventus                GA Eagles
            Freiburg                Lazio                   Groningen
            Hamburg                 Lecce                   Heeren.
            Kaisers.                AC Milan                MVV
            Karls.                  Inter Milan             Roda JC
            Leipzig                 Napoli                  Sparta
            Leverk.                 Parma                   FC Twente
            Bor. MG                 Piacenza                FC Utr.
            Nurnberg                Reggiana                Vitesse
            Schalke                 Roma                    FC Vol.
            Stuttgart               Sampdoria               Venlo
            Wattens.                Torino                  RKC Waal.
            W. Bremen               Udinese                 Willem II
            American League         Spanish League
            ---------------         --------------
            Atlanta                 Albacete
            Boston                  Barcelona
            Chicago                 Bilbao
            Dallas                  Celta
            Denver                  Deportivo
            Detroit                 Gijon
            Ft. Laud.               Lleida
            Guadal.                 Logrons
            L.A.                    Atl. Madrid
            Mexico C.               R. Madrid
            Montreal                Osasuna
            New York                Oviedo
            Phoenix                 Santander
            Portland                Sevilla
            St. Louis               Sociedad
            San Diego               Tenerife
            San Jose                Valencia
            Seattle                 Valladolid
            Tampa Bay               Vallecano
            Toronto                 Zaragoza
            Wash. DC
            Here are the numerous options of gameplay and other odds and ends to go
    over when entering the menu upon starting up your game.
            Play a single match between two teams of your choice, with the team you
    play as on the left side of the selection screen.
            Not entirely sure what Tournament does, but you play a randomly selected
    team from the league of the team you choose to play as.
            Playoffs does a bracket of either 8 or 16 teams playing for a
    championship trophy, with the number of teams depending on which League you are
    playing for (ie. the Brazilian league, which has fewer teams, only does 3
    rounds, while the U.K., with more teams, does 4 rounds with 16 teams).
            Options gives you nine things you can change in your games.
            You can toggle the language setting between English, German, French and
            Change the Game Type between action and simulation, with Action being
    the default. In Simulation, as the game drags on, players purportedly get tired
    and move faster to simulate fatigue in real-life, but this does not occur in
            You can toggle Fouls, and with them, Penalty Kicks, Yellow Cards and Red
    Cards on and off. They are by default off.
            You can toggle Injuries on and off. They are by default off.
            You can toggle Offsides on and off. They are by default off.
            Toggle the Weather Type between Dry, Damp, Drenched or Hot. Drier
    conditions are conducive to the ball moving more quickly and having higher
    bounce. Hot presumably only affects you during Simulation Game Type mode.
            You can change between a grass pitch and an artificial pitch. Game play
    moves faster on an artificial pitch.
            The clock during game play can be changed between always running or
    stopping during out of play events.
            You can change the lengths of game halfs to be 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 15, 20,
    30 or 45 minutes each.
            Prior to the start of a game, or during a game and entering the menu by
    pressing the Start button, you can go through a few more options.
            This option allows you to change which team you are controlling. You can
    also place the Gameboy icon in between the two teams to have a completely
    automatic game with no control over the players.
            In this menu, by pressing the B button, you can also toggle how your D-
    Pad moves your characters and aim. When the arrow on the screen of the Game Boy
    is pointing up, you have to press left and down or right and up to move along
    the field. If you toggle the arrow to point to the upper right, it changes your
    control perspective so just pressing the up button makes you move up AND right
    along the isometric perspective of the field (and down goes down and left).
            Team Coverage
            This allows you to toggle the length of the field that will be covered
    by your defence, your midfielders, and your attackers when the ball is within
    the zone.
            Team Strategy
            Team Strategy lets you change the behaviour of the A.I. of your
    teammates. Automatic is the regular all-around A.I., Longball I _believe_ is
    concerned about getting the ball upfield constantly, Defend is self-explanatory,
    All-out Defend focuses your players tightly around your own net, Attack is self
    -explanatory, and All-out Attack focuses your players tightly around the
    opponent's net.
            Team Formation
            Here, you can move between a 3-5-2, 4-4-2, 4-2-4, 4-3-3, and a Sweeper
    formation (5-3-2).
            Player Selection
            Here, you can select new players to replace those already assigned to
    play. Roster players are on the top list with the eleven players (Goalie
    included). To select a new player, scroll down to the roster reserve list at the
    bottom, press A to pick him, then scroll up and select the player you want to
    replace with the A button again.
            Game Stats
            Give some in-depth stats on shots, saves, etc., and time of possession
    of the ball.
            Score Summary
            A more detailed version of Score where the scoring player and time score
    are also listed.
            Foul Summary
            Lists all the yellow and red cards assigned to players on both team, if
    any, during the game.
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