Tecmo Bowl

“Ready? Down! Hut Hut Hut Hut Hut…”

Aw, yeah, baby. It’s gameday! Time to strap on your helmet, lace up your cleats, and hit the gridiron… and in the late 80s that meant one thing (and one thing only)–– Tecmo Bowl!

Long before Madden became what Madden is, Tecmo Bowl led the way for sports games in our favorite decade. You had your choice of 12 teams, you had the ability to pick your plays, and, if you had the skills, you had the right to run rough-shod over your opponents.

The deliciously 8-bit music and sound effects, combined with the (at the time) top-notch graphics, gave us all a gaming experience to remember.

Tecmo Bowl (if you’ll recall) actually started out as an arcade game (pitting the Wildcats against the Bulldogs), but when the Nintendo Entertainment System arrived in ’89, the arcade version became just a distant memory. Using real NFL players (even though, due to licensing issues, team names weren’t allowed) was a stroke of genius, and Tecmo had a bona fide hit on its hands.

Sure, Madden has gone on to become the gold standard of football games these days, but let’s not forget how it all started.

TOUCHDOWN!

We ♥ Tecmo Bowl.

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~ by weheart80s on November 29, 2011.

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