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FIFA 99

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FIFA 99
FIFA 99 cover
Developers
EA Canada
Publishers
EA Sports
Release dates
Windows November 11, 1998
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Direct control
Genres Sports
Sports Football (Soccer)
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series FIFA
FIFA 99 on MobyGames
FIFA 99 on Wikipedia
FIFA World Cup (series)
FIFA International Soccer 1993
FIFA Soccer 96 1995
FIFA 97 1996
FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 1997
FIFA 99 1998
FIFA 2000 1999
FIFA 2001 2000
FIFA Manager (series)
FIFA Football 2002 2001
FIFA Football 2003 2002
FIFA Football 2004 2003
FIFA Football 2005 2004
FIFA 06 2005
FIFA 07 2006
FIFA Online (series)
FIFA 08 2007
FIFA 09 2008
FIFA 10 2009
FIFA 11 2010
FIFA 12 2011
FIFA 13 2012
FIFA 14 2013
FIFA 15 2014
FIFA 16 2015
FIFA 17 2016
FIFA 18 2017
FIFA 19 2018
FIFA 20 2019
FIFA 21 2020
FIFA 22 2021
FIFA 23 2022
EA Sports FC 24 2023

FIFA 99[Note 1] is a singleplayer and multiplayer sports game developed by EA Canada and published by Electronic Arts via their EA Sports brand. It is a licensed FIFA game.

It was first released in North America on November 18, 1998, followed by Europe and Japan in 1999.

It is noted that the game cannot be installed on 64-bit Windows OS with its default installer, and requires the workarounds to do so.

General information

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Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Oversized DRM (lead-out area shortened and used for data, to prevent most contemporary CD-RW drives from copying the method)
Windows

Essential improvements

Patches

nGlide wrapper

FIFA 99 supports multiple rendering methods (Software Rendering, Direct3D, and 3dfx). However, due to compatibility issues, it's recommended to use nGlide 3dfx wrapper.

Using nGlide with FIFA99[1]
  1. Download newest version of nGlide and install it.
  2. After both FIFA 99 and nGlide are installed, download a compatibility fix from this site (find FIFA 99 - the fix is in the right column).
  3. Extract voodoo2a.dll in <path-to-game>\thrash and overwrite the existing file.
  4. Extract fifa99.reg to <path-to-game> and run it to change the renderer to 3dfx.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\EA SPORTS\FIFA 99[Note 2]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\USER[Note 3]

Video

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only 640x480.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use dgVoodoo 2 instead of nGlide. Performing step 2-7 of nGlide installation is still required.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Enabled by default in Direct3D and software mode. Can be forced using 3dfx wrapper.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Glide mode capped to 63 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input

Audio

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
The main theme is "Rockafeller Skank" by Fatboy Slim. All other music is licensed (various artists)

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Dutch
Brazilian Portuguese
Spanish

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed

Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows

Use alternative installer[1]
Manual installation[1]
  1. Create a new folder somewhere on the hard disk. This will be the game's directory.
  2. From the root folder of the game's disc, copy files EACSND.DLL, FIFA99.EXE and FIFA99.ICO to the game's directory.
  3. Copy folders DATA, SETUP and THRASH to the game's directory.
  4. Create a folder named USER in the game's directory.
  5. Now the registry entries need to be entered. Copy the following into a text editor and save it as fifa.reg placed in the game's directory. Edit file paths if necessary. CD Drive should point to the CD drive letter which will be used. Install Dir should point to a location where FIFA 99 is installed.
  6. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\EA SPORTS\FIFA 99]
    "DisplayName"="FIFA 99"
    "Language"="english"
    "CD Drive"="D:\\"
    "Install Dir"="\\"
    "3D Device Description"="Software Renderer"
    "3D Card"="Software Renderer"
    "Thrash Driver"="softtri"
    "Group"="Software"
    "D3D Device"=dword:00000000
    "Triple Buffer"=dword:00000000
    "Hardware Acceleration"=dword:00000000
    "Thrash Resolution"="640x480"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\EA SPORTS\FIFA 99\1.0]
    "DisplayName"="FIFA 99"
    "Language"=dword:00000001
  7. Add entries to system registry by double-clicking on fifa.reg.
  8. Run the game.

Notes

If the game does not start, double-check the paths added to system registry.
If problems with graphics occur, try using nGlide wrapper.

Game freezes during loading

Install a compatibility profile for FIFA 99[1]
  1. Download compatibility profile.
  2. Extract it.
  3. Start PatchInstall.bat to add it to the compatibility database of the system.

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
Glide
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 130 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA, True Color


Notes

  1. Known in Japan as FIFA 99: Europe League Soccer.
  2. Applications writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to other locations based on various criterias, see the glossary page for more details.
  3. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2021-01-30