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  1. Knobbe

    The Legend of Tecmo Super Bowl via the Ringer

    Great look into the how Tecmo influences today's popular culture https://theringer.com/the-legend-of-tecmo-super-bowl-8824647ea94d#.yc30k1k5o Also, this was a new one for me Also @ragu0012 mentioned by name about tracking down the Tecmo programmers!
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  2. Knobbe

    The Legend of Tecmo Super Bowl via the Ringer

    I'd still take @davefmurray dream of a nothing but Tebows TSB over 10 Yard Fight.
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  3. buck

    The Legend of Tecmo Super Bowl via the Ringer

    to me the thing that makes TSB so great is: #1 - the quality, the gameplay, and the genius of the game itself. you can sit and pop 1000x NES roms in and out all day and MAYBE find 1 in 25 that are even worth playing for more than 1 minute. most are a joke and make the NES look like a piece of ancient novelty gaming garbage. but, TSB makes the NES an actual immortal and indispensable gaming system. TSB is just a great game and feat of programming insight and execution. TSB really stands out from other NES games, I mean it stands out like a bar of gold sitting on a pile of cow shit. then of course, #2 is the star power in the game, like the article says. but man, the early 90s were just a GREAT time in history for the NFL. barry, bo, joe, jerry, bills, cunningham, LT. just great times and great football players! it'd be hard to go wrong making a game with those players and teams, but TSB is just an unequaled game. to paraphrase a knobbe quote, "TSB is easy to pick up and learn, but hard to master".
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  4. davefmurray

    Link to Ringtones?

    Booyah! They are in the Media section -- http://tecmobowl.org/files/category/11-tecmo-super-bowl-media/
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  5. Keep quarter scores intact in overtime added to list per @averagetsbplayer's request
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  6. Kennya

    (NES) NCAA: TSB 2017

    Awesome man, will be downloading when I get home from work
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  7. JAGSRULE12

    (NES) NCAA: TSB 2017

    Alright thank you! I will make sure to give you full credit.
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  8. Baron von Lector

    (NES) NCAA: TSB 2017

    That sounds excellent!
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  9. Knobbe

    How Trump killed the USFL

    I'm pretty sure it's been established that people care plenty about politics but that for a while now I've been systematically suppressing it because of my fear about how it would put a defeatist partisan spin to the entirety of this board. I see the part of today's political conversation where there are two sides that are diametrically opposed and that the other side is dumb, evil, etc. when in reality we're so much closer than we are far away. It's a lot simpler to just assume the worst in someone with a different views than to ask why they have those views. I would know because it's even easier to assume that all views are the worst.
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  10. buck

    NFL 2016-17 Season Discussion

    yeah, I was able to watch the TEN game last week and I was really impressed with Mariota. and in general, the whole team was playing with some fire.
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  11. vikingmoe02

    Link to Ringtones?

    Thank you @davefmurray! My phone just got a lot cooler!
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  12. vikingmoe02

    Link to Ringtones?

    I used to be ale to find some ringtone downloads on the site, but I can't find them anymore. Are they still available? They aren't on the download page as far as I can tell. Thanks in advance. @Knobbe
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  13. averagetsbplayer

    TecmoBowlTools - Stat Extractor

    @manyo360 Check it out and see how it works. It's somewhat odd in the output, but there's now data for first downs, quarter-by-quarter scoring, and final scores. Overtime is obviously not handled super well. Let me know what you think.
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  14. Good article. I liked this part:
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  15. BO FB Offtackle Left

    Random Thoughts

    Solve it in one minute or it explodes.
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  16. keithisgood

    TSB’s Hidden Title Track

    Tecmo Super Bowl is teeming with easter eggs. We’ve already discussed things like penalties, unused stat screens, and the infamous False Start. Some eggs, though, hide in plain sight. TSB‘s Sound Mode, for example, requires no hacking or disassembly. Simply pressing Left + B from the main title screen brings up a small dialog box which allows the player to sample every song and sound in the game. Two songs, Track 32 and Track 1 (the game’s title track), offer a little extra to TSB players. Cycling to Track 32 and pressing A plays a short, doleful tune which does not appear during the course of gameplay. It may have been intended to accompany the penalties which were cut from TSB, but even the game’s Music Director, Keiji Yamagishi, couldn’t recall Track 32’s intended use. A second, lesser-known secret is found in No.1: TSB’s Main Title Track. Now, the theme itself is no secret. You can probably hum the whole thing, from its slow descent over a city skyline to its hard-hitting crescendo. Most players, upon reaching the Sound Test, skip over No.1. If you’ve just sat through the title sequence, why listen to the song again? Listen again, because buried in the title track is another Tecmo easter egg. Mr. Yamagishi hinted at it in our interview. He spoke of difficulty in creating TSB’s theme, saying he had to write and re-write certain portions until he found just the right song. So fire up your TSB, go to the Sound Test, and listen to No.1 in its entirety. Go on. I’ll wait. Now, did you hear that? At the end, there’s 10 extra seconds of the title track that TSB won’t otherwise play. With its driving bassline and orchestral-styled staccato, the clip sounds like an alternate ending for TSB’s title track. Perhaps the original title sequence included another scene? More likely is the extra music is meant to play over the copyright screen following the main title, but is prevented during normal gameplay by a stop command. We contacted Mr. Yamagishi, but he has no specific recollection of the clip. It makes sense, though. Scrapped fragments of penalties and graphics litter the TSB ROM file. It goes to follow that a rough draft song should appear as well. That’s not all the title track has to hide, though. Without getting too technical, TSB‘s music engine uses memory address $700 to load its songs and sounds. Dave Brude, our resident Tecmo mad scientist, tinkered with $700 to seeing what sounds the game could make. He unknowingly forced the game to spill even more secrets. He found a third version of the title theme. You know you want to listen. What are you hearing? Well, think of the NES’s music chip as a 5-piece band: drums, bass, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and a rarely-used turntable1. This alternate version of the title track hidden in TSB‘s code keeps the drums, bass and rhythm guitar mostly unchanged. On lead, however, it swaps out Eddie Van Halen for Slash. All NES music comes from just 2 pins on its CPU chip. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia)Not only is the hidden version vastly different from the in-game title theme, it also uses the extra 10 seconds found in the Sound Mode version of track No.1. Taken together, we see a clear picture of Keiji Yamagishi wrestling with the rock-styled music that would come to define the Tecmo Super Bowl series. Remember, the original Tecmo Bowl featured marching band music. We now see the true difficulty of changing from brass and woodwinds to screaming guitars and double-bass drums. With the assistance of today’s technology, we can strip back the paint to see the pencil sketches of Tecmo’s Mona Lisa. These aren’t Earth-shaking discoveries, but these three versions of Tecmo‘s title track remind us that, even 25 years on, Tecmo Super Bowl still has secrets to tell. NOTES: 1 Wait. Guitars, bass and turntables? Is the NES sound chip Limp Bizkit?! (I did it all for Tanooki! What? Tanooki! What?) The post TSB’s Hidden Title Track appeared first on TECMO BOWLERS. View the full article
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  17. Bolt

    Random Thoughts

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