Tecmo Bowl Returns
Ha. I wish…
For those of you who don’t know, Tecmo Bowl was Madden before Madden was Madden.
Released originally as an arcade game before making its way onto the NES, Tecmo Bowl was one of the first football video games with NFL licensing, and definitely the most popular. Tecmo Bowl itself (and not any of the sequels), featured real names and statistics of the players, released back in good old 1988, before I was even born.
So why talk about this now? Well I recently discovered a playable, no-download-necessary, version of the game, and have been playing it nonstop. Because EA owns the rights to all NFL licensing, and Madden therefore has a monopoly on the football video game, a 2009 version of Tecmo Bowl would likely fall flat, even with updated rosters.
Does that make a difference? No. While the game itself may not be as good as its successor Tecmo Super Bowl, it still is amazingly addictive and awesome to play. Though many other better teams exist, using the Raiders is great because of the unstoppable Bo Jackson. Actually, I take that back. In Bowl he’s great, but in Super Bowl he’s legitimately unstoppable. Way better than NHL 94’s Jeremy Roenick or Madden 2004’s Michael Vick. Don’t believe me? See for yourself after the jump.
So though the game has been trounced in terms of playability in the last 20 or so years, the fact that a game so small can remain so good after this time is ridiculous, so stop what you’re doing and give it a try immediately.