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Back in the Day: Tecmo Superbowl August 20, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Back in the Day, Football, NFL, Sports.

the-tecmo-superbowl.jpgWith Madden ’08 coming out this past Tuesday, I thought it would be a good idea to go back in the day when there was no Madden. Before the hit stick, before the precision passing, and before the amazing graphics, video gamers turned to one game to get their football fix.  That game was called Tecmo Superbowl.

Tecmo Superbowl was one of the first sports video games that used real names of NFL players. The game had a NFL team license, which allowed it to feature the then all 28 teams in the NFL.

Released in 1991, the graphics were not that great, but they were good enough. The players pretty much looked identical and looked very unrealistic compared to the football games of today. Whenever there was a touchdown or a big play, they would show a screenshot of the player.  It was pretty much just a horrible drawing of the player up close.

The game could be played on the original Nintendo Console.  It didn’t come on a disc, but rather came on a fairly large, block looking cartridge that you had to blow on about twenty times before playing.  If you didn’t blow on it, then you would just get a very colorful grid on your screen when you attempted to play.

The gameplay was fairly limited due to the contoller.  There was no analog stick and there wasn’t too many buttons to press like today’s controllers.  Nope, there was just an A and a B button, along with the directional pad.  It may sound bad now, but back then, that was all you really needed to get your game on. 

Sure, Madden may have came along and revolutionized the football gaming world as we know it, but football fans and video gamers all over the world know that before there was Madden… There was Tecmo Superbowl.


1. kidal25 - August 20, 2007


Look for the game there. I never played this game before until I played it on this website and it’s not that bad at all for the time.

2. The Mixtape Monster - August 20, 2007

I think my boy had this on Gameboy too, blowing in the cartridges is classic, I wonder if it REALLY did anything.

3. Marquis Chapman - August 20, 2007

To this day I really I don’t know if blowing in the cartridges actually did anything.

4. sportsconversation - August 20, 2007

Rapidly pushing the cartrigde up and down in the console was alway my trick.

5. kidal25 - August 20, 2007

Blowing helped me. I guess it got all the dust out.

6. bigsteve - August 22, 2007

That was Madden A.D. right there. I used to blow across the cartridge, and slowly put it in my console. Worked like a charm every time!

7. Jason Wilson - August 23, 2007

Man that is classic!!! Remember the sure fire score a touchdown no matter where you were on the field play with the 49ers? Roger Craig slant pass cross the middle.. not matter how many defenders were on him.. he would catch it and would be gone!!! Ah those were the days!!

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