SNK's Super Sidekicks 2 kicks off today on PS4, Xbox One and Switch


Relive Alan Partridge’s World Cup Countdown ’94

In keeping with Hamster’s recent sporting re-releases, today sees SNK’s football (or “soccer,” if you’d prefer) sequel, Super Sidekicks 2, return to the pitch on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Released in Spring of 1994, probably to cash-in on the upcoming USA-hosted World Cup, Super Sidekicks 2 was made available in arcades and on the Neo Geo platform. A fairly standard but fun football title, players pick from a huge selection of International teams and compete in a non-FIFA approved “World Championship.” My original tournament, do not steal.

Super Sidekicks 2 introduced new rules in keeping with The Beautiful Game, as well as the addition of fouls, penalty kick tie-breakers and golden goals. The control system was given an overhaul to allow control over multiple team members, and the size of the goals themselves was reduced.

Of all the World Cups I’ve lived through, U.S.A ’94 sticks out the most. Maybe it was Diana Ross missing her shot during the opening ceremony, maybe it was the amazing coverage on UK comedy show The Day Today by Alan Partridge, or maybe it was just that dopey dog mascot, Striker. Funnily enough, I don’t actually remember any of the matches.

Anyway, if you want to relieve World Cup World Tournament ’94, then Super Sidekicks 2 is available now on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, priced around $8.