Flashback Fridays: John Madden Football 92 (Sega Genesis)

Hello everybody, welcome to another installment of Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to at something that started a worldwide phenomenon for sports related video games. The title that I am referring to is pretty much the only form of football that I can actually win a super bowl for my home team in, John Madden Football 92 for the Sega Genesis.

The year 1991 brought a lot of new experiences into my life for the first time, especially when it came to video games. Up until this point, the only experiences I had playing sports were on the playground at school, and in the backyard at home. Then something happened, my brother bought a football title called John Madden Football 92 for the Sega Genesis, and just like that,  my days of getting actual exercise in these activities were over forever. Who knew scoring touchdowns, kicking field goals, and tackling players from the opposing team would ever prove to be enjoyable in a digital format, but it was.

Explaining football would be kind of a redundant thing to do here so I’m going to share a personal experience of playing it for the first time with all of you instead. After placing the cartridge into my genesis, I instantly fell in love with everything this title had to offer. The little video that would appear whenever a good or bad play occurred was awesome. That crunching noise after every tackle was cringe worthy to say the least, and watching ambulances run over players only to have them run another play afterwards like nothing happened was downright ridiculous, but nevertheless incredibly enjoyable, at least for people with sick and twisted minds anyway.

Aside from personal stories, what did I actually think of the game itself? Well, it was fun back in the day, but the title is definitely starting to show it’s age, which is why I don’t play it that often anymore. The graphics were basic, but effective, the lack of music during gameplay was kind of boring, and every sound effect did pack a punch for the most part. Add in a very small amount of modes, and you have something that was fun in small doses, but over a long period of time got old rather quickly. Despite these issues  though, my overall experience was enjoyable for the most part, and that’s what is most important in the end anyways.

John Madden Football 92 proved to me that playing sports can be fun in a number of different ways, and if you can get over a few technical hiccups here and there, then this is a title that you should definitely check out.

That concludes my story on John Madden Football 92 for the Sega Genesis, but if you have any fond (or bad) memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

Here is ambulance montage video that I found for the game, Enjoy!

  • eljefe

    I always wondered why the cartridge was bigger. Any idea?

    • MrB4

      I honestly have no idea why it was bigger, I want to say more memory, but not sure if that is true or not.