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The Adventures of Kid Kleets

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Title Screen

The Adventures of Kid Kleets

Also known as: Soccer Kid (EU/JP)
Developer: Krisalis Software
Publishers: Ocean (US/EU), Yanoman (JP)
Platform: SNES
Released in JP: December 29, 1993
Released in US: August 1994
Released in EU: 1994

SourceIcon.png This game has uncompiled source code.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

The Adventures of Kid Kleets, known in every other region and on every other platform as Soccer Kid, is a platforming game with a unique twist: the plot and characters are a metaphor for the development of the atomic bomb.

Just kidding, it's about soccer.

Sound Test


To access this sound test, press Y, A, X, X, A, B, Start on the title screen.

From here, pressing Start returns to the main menu.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Uncompiled Source

The Japanese version has a little bit of code at 0x116DE0, though it's all setting up data sizes for various things.

rites on panel 

StaticSpriteListXY:	ds	16*2 	;64+(OFF_SCREEN_Y<<8)	; coordinate word	
StaticSpriteListNM:	ds	16*2	; name / priority
StaticSpriteCont:	ds	2*2	;%0101010101010101  	; Sign and Size stuff

DmaStaticSprSatts:	ds	1*2

Rain_SpritesListXY:	ds	16*2
Rain_SpritesListNM:	ds	16*2
Rain_SpritesCont:	ds	2*2
Rain_SpritesCount:	ds	1*2

ScoreData:		ds	8*2
TimerData:		ds	3*2
LivesData:		ds	2*2
CardData:		ds	2*2
CardData2:		ds	2*

Regional Differences

To do:
There are a LOT more than this.

Title Screen

Japan US Europe
Soccerkid-title-jp.png Soccerkid-title-us.png Soccerkid-title-eu.png

Left to right: generic anime kid, humble Kid Kleets, and cereal spokeskid extraordinaire, Soccer Kid (curiously not Football Kid). The Japanese title screen credits character illustrations to Koshita Tetsuhiro, who also wrote and illustrated the dodgeball manga Dodge Danpei. The in-game character artwork is based on the Kid Kleets character in all versions.

The US and European versions moved the difficulty selection (and added a language selection) to a separate options screen, and added a password function.


Japan US/Europe
Soccerkid-intro-jp.png Soccerkid-intro.png

The scene of the protagonist violently bursting out of his country shack was altered to match the title screen. If you look closely, you'll notice that Kid Kleets/Soccer Kid still has a stray motion line on his left arm from the original Japanese scene. The window inside the house was also recolored to match the sky.

General Differences

  • The HUD is displayed on the top of the screen in the US and EU versions. In the Japanese version, it is shown on the bottom, although the item counter in the Cards Bonus stages remains in place.
  • The Japanese version does not display passwords as per their omission.
  • Boss HP is not displayed in the Japanese version.

Stage Names

Many stages have different names between the International and Japanese versions:

English Japanese
London East End London 1
Old Town Home Town
London West End London 2
Cards Bonus - Find the Cup Cards Bonus - Collect the Cup
The Riviera Riviera 1
Roman Ruins Roman Ruins
The Venice Lido Riviera 2
Moscow Red Square 1
Battleship Battleship
Red Square Red Square 2
Nagoya Factory 1
Bullet Express Bullet Train
Tokyo Factory 2
New York New York 1
California Californian Beach
Chicago New York 2
World Cup Stadium World Cup Stadium