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Tecmo Bowl (NES)

Written by Jazzking2001 - Owner on . Posted in Video Games

{tab=Story}Tecmo Bowl is an arcade game developed by Tecmo and released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1989. This NES title is considered by many to be the first American football game to feature real NFL teams and players. Although LJN's NFL Football was the first, it didn't turn out as successful as Tecmo Bowl did. Due to this factor and while the arcade version was rarely found, the NES version eclipsed its arcade counterpart in popularity. Today, Tecmo Bowl remains tucked away as a fond memory of reminiscent gamers.

Photobucket {tab=Review} Tecmo Bowl is the embodiment of old school arcade style gaming. This title was released for the NES in 1989, it is a classic arcade football game with a selection of twelve teams. Up to two players can play this game. There is an option to play against the computer or pit player one against player two or you can choose to play as the coach (this last option is lame, I recommend you stick with option one or two). Tecmo Bowl basically has the same rules as an ordinary football minus all the complicated plays. This title only has four different plays to choose from. The game is limited in this aspect but what do you expect from a NES title?


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The graphics of this game are fairly simplistic. Tecmo Bowl has a retro feel to it but the graphics are decent enough not to distract from the gameplay. I chuckle every time I see a field goal kicked and the spectators in the stands turn the heads in unison to as they cheer. Also, whenever a touchdown is made a generic short video of two teammates high fiving each other is played. An individual playing this game will either find this funny or annoying. The halftime show is hilarious. It only last for about ten seconds or so but it makes me bust out laughing every time I see it. Even though Tecmo Bowl may be found comical in some regards, overall it is a very entertaining game.

The audio of Tecmo Bowl is enjoyable. The game's sound adds to this title's classic nostalgia. Whenever I hear someone mention Tecmo Bowl I usually remember the "Hut, hut, hut, hut" from the kickoff at the game's start. Although the same MIDI audio is played every time you make a touchdown and the same whistle is blown every time you make a down or get tackled, the sound is still enjoyable even after you make 10 touchdowns.

The gameplay of Tecmo Bowl tries to be as realistic to an actual football but leaves out all the complexity of an actual game. There are no fancy plays but the same joy can be experienced as with modern football titles. Making your like avatar run like crazy to get to the in zone never gets played out.

Now, I'm not one to play sports games however, I make an exception when it comes to Tecmo Bowl. I grew up playing this game on my NES system and it most likely will remain as my only interest in football. Tecmo Bowl is totally old school and ranks as one of my favorite NES titles.

Score: 8/10