Flashback Fridays: Tecmo Super Bowl

Welcome everybody to another installment of Flashback Fridays. If you are unfamiliar with what’s going on here please refer to our previous articles for more information. Today we are going to take a look at a sports game that instantly got me hooked into the genre because of how fun it was to play. The title that I am referring to was one of the best examples of how to use an NFL license correctly, Tecmo Super Bowl.

Back in the early 1990’s, before EA had exclusive rights to any and all NFL licensed games, a company by the name of Tecmo decided to create a series of football games, one of which was called Tecmo Super Bowl. After upgrading to a Sega Genesis once my NES bit the dust, and losing the chance to play 8-bit baseball forever, I decided it was time to hit the gridiron in true 16- bit style. Of course, the only problem with this decision was the fact that money was hard to come by for me back then, so as you can imagine, the only way this game would ever grace my system is if somebody else decided to buy it. Luckily, my brother went out one day and purchased it on his own, and after playing one quarter of a game with him, I was instantly hooked.

This game presented sports to me in a way that I had never seen before. Everything from the touchdowns, to the interceptions, blocked punts, and so on, all had a sort of cinematic feel to them. The way that the developers pulled this off was by adding in cut-scenes just around the time when a big play was about to happen. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times my excitement for an upcoming touchdown was increased right when the screen would transition to my player making a catch at the very last moment. Awesome stuff.

Exciting moments aside, there were a number of little technical parts of the game that I used to mess around with just for fun. One of these involved tapping a button to make the quarterback say “hut.” In a real game of football, this move would be used to draw the defense offsides to gain more yards, but in this case, it did absolutely nothing at all. So what my friends and I decided to do was constantly hit the button as often as possible just to see how much we could tolerate before our heads exploded. Another nice glitch we used to mess around with was moving players up and down in a zigzag pattern onscreen to score touchdowns. Just when you think you’ve got the upper hand on your opponent, they use this sneaky little trick to get out of a sticky situation, it’s just downright unfair.

Tecmo Super Bowl is a fun little football game that almost anybody can get into. If you are looking to remember the good old days  where anybody could make a fun sports title, then by all means check it out.

That concludes my story on Tecmo Super Bowl, but if you have any fond memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.