Tecmo Super Bowl (Nintendo NES, 1991)
|What do you get when you take one of the greatest sports games for the platform and add improved graphics, more players, more plays and lifelike AI? You get Tecmo Super Bowl, a superb football game that is the precusor to any modern day football game. Choose your team from the 28 NFL teams (this is 1991) with real players from those teams and the ability to sub in offensive players! Unlike its predecessor, in Tecmo Super Bowl, you can pick your plays from a playbook for a total of eight different plays! You can also save your season stats as the season goes on, along with your game via battery. All your favorite NFL players are here. But on some eye black, don your pads and get ready for bone-crushing football action!
After the initial success of the NES version of Tecmo Bowl in 1989, Tecmo followed up with the release of Tecmo Super Bowl in 1991 in both North America and Japan. The original NES version of Tecmo Bowl was licensed by the National Football League Players Association, but was unable to obtain an NFL team license because another NES football game, NFL, had an exclusive licensing agreement with the NFL.
The sequel, Tecmo Super Bowl, added the NFL license making it the first NES game to feature both actual NFL teams and NFL players of the time. Unlike the original Tecmo Bowl for the NES, which consisted of twelve teams, a truncated roster, and limited play selection; Tecmo Super Bowl featured the complete league of (then) 28 teams, expanded rosters, expanded playbooks, statistics tracking (including NFL Records) and many other improvements. Subsequent games in the series would build on this foundation.
In 1997, both Electronic Gaming Monthly and IGN video game publications named Tecmo Super Bowl as one of the top 100 video games of all time. IGN ranked Tecmo Super Bowl #53 in its Top 100 NES games of all time. GamesRadar also included it in its list of the best NES game ever made (at 22). The staff commented that it may be the only football game from the NES still played today. PC Magazine ranked the game #10 in its list of ten most influential video games of all time. ESPN named Tecmo Super Bowl the greatest sports video game of all time.
|Game||Tecmo Super Bowl|
|Platform||Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Number of Players||1 or 2|
|Game Series||Tecmo Sports Series|
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