• davefmurray

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    Tecmo Super Bowl is the greatest sports video game of all time. Now, 22 years after TSB made 8-Bit legends of Bo Jackson and Lawrence Taylor, TecmoBowl.org proudly announces the release of Tecmo Super Bowl 2014. This 7th yearly iteration updates Tecmo's NES classic with up-to-date rosters, graphics, schedules and play books for all 32 NFL squads.

    Playable on multiple platforms and operating systems via NES emulation software, Tecmo Super Bowl 2014 brings Nintendo's bone-crunching classic to today's computers and handheld devices.

    Can J.J. Watt create the chaos Derrick Thomas did in '91? Can Adrian Peterson match the legendary Bo Jackson? Who is the more deadly play-caller: Colin Kaepernick or QB Eagles? Loaded into an NES Emulator, Tecmo Super Bowl 2014 will make legends for the next 22 years.

    Tecmo Super Bowl 2014

    Table of Contents
    A. How This Works
    B. How To Play - PC/Mac
    C. How to Play Online - Windows
    D. Tecmo Super Bowl 2013 Notes
    E. Credits

    A. How This Works
    If you're new to emulation:
    ROM = Game or Cartridge (.nes file)
    Emulator = NES System

    B. How To Play - PC/Mac
    Download Nestopia for your platform and also the .nes ROM.
    Open Nestopia.
    From Nestopia, File > Open and find your .nes ROM.

    C. How to Play Online - Windows
    Setup for online play using our guide - http://tecmobowl.org/topic/53066-guide-get-started-playing-tsb-online-for-dummies/. We then recommend starting out at the TPC - http://www.tecmoplayers.com.

    Most TPC players use the original Tecmo Super Bowl ROM, but you might be able to find some people playing TSB 2013. Remember that the versions of the game must be exactly the same or you will not be able to connect.

    If you’re looking for an online league, we recommend TecmoBowl.org's Online Tecmo Leagues.


    D. Tecmo Super Bowl 2014 notes
    32-Team ROM
    Rosters current as of 9/2/13
    Adjustable quarter length
    Playbook editing in-game
    Player 2 attributes now display correctly
    Halftime stats
    Passing Accuracy now works. Passing Accuracy determines if a pass will be completed. Pass Control determines if the ball will be on target
    Quickness now works. This will be the maximum speed of a defender if they pick up a fumble or make an interception
    In order to get the proper Pro Bowl players, you will need to reset the season from the Schedule menu

    E. Credits
    Graphics - Keithisgood
    Rosters/Attributes/Sim - Buck
    Additional Rosters - Bodom & Knobbe
    Cover Art - Tecmo Psycho
    Promo - davefmurray
    QA/Merge - Knobbe
    Project Coordinator - Maynard_G_Krebs

    Thanks to:
    Jstout, Bruddog, Cxrom, Bad-Al & Buck for the hacking knowledge and tools.
    Members of TecmoBowl.org for helping to beta test and for making this all worthwhile.

    PRESS
    Operation Sports - http://www.operationsports.com/news/657813/tecmo-super-bowl-2014-available-now/
    Kotaku - http://kotaku.com/play-the-2013-nfl-season-with-22-year-old-tecmo-super-b-1253536207
    CBS Sports - http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/23509252/tecmo-bowl-2014-features-jj-watt-modern-rosters
    GameSurfer - http://www.gamesurfer.net/news/play-the-2013-nfl-season-with-22-year-old-tecmo-super-bowl
    Addicted Gamer - http://www.addictedgamer.net/p/Play-the-2013-NFL-Season-with-22yearold-Tecmo-Super-Bowl-by-Kotaku
    GoNintendo - http://www.gonintendo.com/?mode=viewstory&id=211534
    Digibutter - http://digibutter.nerr.biz/topics/294504/tecmo-super-bowl-gets-fan-made-2013-roster-update
    The Warp Pipe - http://thewarppipe.com/09/04/2013/tecmo-super-bowl-gets-fan-made-2013-roster-update/
    Treon's Realm - http://treonsrealm.blogspot.com/2013/09/go-for-end-zone-with-tecmo-super-bowl.html
    Retro Collect - http://www.retrocollect.com/News/tecmo-super-bowl-2014-nintendo-nes-classic-updated-22-years-later-with-new-rosters-a-graphics.html
    Retro Game Network - http://www.retrogamenetwork.com/2013/09/05/are-you-ready-for-some-football-tecmo-super-bowl-2014-updates-classic-8-bit-nes-sports-title-with-current-national-football-league-roster/

    Bad Moon Rison



    The New York City Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament


    When: Saturday, October 19th, 2013- Registration starts @ 10:00 AM EST; Play will start @ 11:00 AM EST.

    Location: BREAK Bar & Billiards, 32-04b Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106
    (Approx. 15 minutes from Midtown Manhattan, Uptown N train to Broadway in Queens)
    Website: http://break-ny.com/

    Desired Number of Participants: 48

    Buy-in: $25 cash at the door, $20 pre-registration online before Oct. 1

    Equipment: We need Nintendos, TVs, Controllers, Carts! If you are able to bring any of these in working condition, please let us know what you can bring and how many of each. If you are able to provide any television sets, please let us know the size and any kind of hookup (RF Switch/AV Cable).

    Tourney Format: Group play will include 4 players in each group playing one another in round-robin format. Once group play is completed, all players move on to the bracket and are seeded according to their finish in their group standings and record. The bottom half of the field plays each other in the first round of the bracket. All other players with better records get BYEs. The better you do in group play, the more BYEs you may receive (for some, it may be at least two or three BYEs). The Single Elimination Bracket will decide who will be the NYC Tecmo Super Bowl Champion!

    Prizes: Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to top three participants. All participants will be eligible to win raffle prizes throughout the day.

    How to Register: Register through our brand-spanking new website www.northeasttecmo.com. Tournament entry is $25, but if you pre-register and pay online through Paypal before October 1st, entry will only cost $20.
    Questions: Feel free to post questions about the tournament below or you can direct them to NYTecmo@tecmobowl.org

    SYT on October 19!
    Knobbe
    The summer's biggest Tecmo Super Bowl tournament will be streaming live this Saturday.
    It will feature an invite only "Best of the Best" side tournament as well as the first known women's tournament.
    Once again in attendance will be NFL and Tecmo Super Bowl great David Fulcher

    View the tournament live all day from their Twitch.tv Channel here
    davefmurray
    In the last several months there has been an explosion of Tecmo Super Bowl action being pumped into the internet, both from tournaments and online play.

    We, your fellow T-Borgers, have taken it upon ourselves to bring the TSB streaming scene to you front and center. We have setup a new page which automatically pulls the online status, preview image, channel name, game and number of viewers from each Twitch channel. You can then select which stream you would like to watch and go to a page for that stream.

    Once you are on a stream's page, you can view the stream in full-screen AND have chat right here on TecmoBowl.org.

    League players, you can now see league related streams on your league portal page as well!

    This is a major site addition and we are excited to bring it to you! Check out the streams here: http://tecmobowl.org/live_streams


    If you have a stream and want us to add it, head to this thread and post a reply: http://tecmobowl.org/topic/54714-do-you-livestream-i-need-your-twitch-username/

    Davefmurray is in charge of all things stream. Talk to him for any questions or needs.
    discdolo
    Cowboys host Colts for the Retro championship. Dallas gets the toss and kicks off to Colts. Kelly and backup Weathers get the team into Dallas territory. On a pitch out Weathers fumbles the ball away to Dallas.. Dallas moves into Colts territory. Colts defense stiffens and forces a 4th. Dallas kicks but Fletcher blocks the fg to give Colts the ball back.. Kelly and Weather get back to work and move into the redzone. on third down Colts pitch out to Weathers and he is stopped short of the first. Colts set up fg and convert, 3-0 Colts. Dallas gets the ball back with 2 minutes in the half left. Dallas pulls Armstrong and Rozier helps Dallas churn and move the chains. Colts defense once again slows the Dallas attack and with time expiring Dallas sets up FG unit. Once again Fletcher blocks the FG to end the half. Cowboys get the ball to begin the second half. Dallas behind Rozier and Wilson get into the redzone. a few picked plays force the Boys to 3rd and 10. Dallas gets picked on pass 2 and tries the JJ but Duerson tips it. Dallas settles for a FG and convert, 3-3 all... Colts get the ball and a solid return by Spek to put them on the 30. Kelly gets to work moving them to midfield. On on a third down Kelly runs towards chains but hits Moore for a big first down and into the red zone. Dallas forces a 3rd and short. On third down Colts hand off to Weathers on the offset and he breaks a tackle with some blocking to run it in and score first td of the game, 10-3 Colts. Dallas gets the kickoff and the return man is tackled at the 5 to set a long drive with 2 minutes left in the game. Dallas keeps it methodical and get it to midfield with time expiring. Dallas has time for one play and Wilson drops back with an open WR1 downfield and heaves its... to Duerson who picks it to seal the deal


    Final Colts 10 Cowboys 3. Great game Daboy and great season.
    Knobbe
    He was featured on NFL Film's documentary on Tecmo Super Bowl.


    It was only fitting that he become the first person known to propose via Tecmo Super Bowl.
    After receiving a beatdown from his soon to be fiance, Chris brought up a hacked rom popping the question.

    Congratulations from us all.

    You can see the full video here
    jstout
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    R AND S FLARE C = 94 83 75 52 21
    PRO T WAGGLE R = 63 54 21
    ROLL OUT R = 94 63 45 31
    ROLL OUT L = 93 74 45 22
    T PLAY ACTION D = 93 73 42 21
    PRO T SCREEN L = 93 54 45 21
    PLAY ACTION = 93 54 42

    PWR FAKE Z POST = 94 53 31
    WTE F-FLICKER = 93 84
    SHOTGUN X CURL = 63 64 45 42 21
    R AND S Z FLY = 94 92 53 55
    PRO T FLARE D = 94 73 45 22 21
    OFFSET FLARE E = 94 63 41 32
    ONEBACK Z CROSS = 93 92 44 31
    ONEBACK FLARE A = 94 53 42

    T FLEA FLICKER = 93 54 22
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    REV-FAKE Z POST = 94 51
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    NO BACK X DEEP = 94 72 53 21
    SHOTGUN Z S-IN = 73 44 AND 95 73 62 44 21
    REDGUN Z SLANT = 94 95 52 43 31
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    FIRST NIBBLE (BOX DISTANCE) SECOND NIBBLE (RECEIVER): (8 Pixels = 1 Yard)
    0 = 0 PIXELS LEFT AND RIGHT + 0 PIXELS UP AND DOWN (Forces Throw)
    1 = 8 PIXELS LEFT AND RIGHT + 5 PIXELS UP AND DOWN
    2 = 16 PIXELS LEFT AND RIGHT + 10 PIXELS UP AND DOWN
    3 = 24 PIXELS LEFT AND RIGHT + 15 PIXELS UP AND DOWN
    4 = 32 PIXELS LEFT AND RIGHT + 20 PIXELS UP AND DOWN
    5 = 40 PIXELS LEFT AND RIGHT + 25 PIXELS UP AND DOWN
    6 = 48 PIXELS LEFT AND RIGHT + 30 PIXELS UP AND DOWN
    7 = 56 PIXELS LEFT AND RIGHT + 35 PIXELS UP AND DOWN
    8 = 64 PIXELS LEFT AND RIGHT + 40 PIXELS UP AND DOWN
    9 = 72 PIXELS LEFT AND RIGHT + 45 PIXELS UP AND DOWN
    A = 80 PIXELS LEFT AND RIGHT + 50 PIXELS UP AND DOWN
    B = 88 PIXELS LEFT AND RIGHT + 55 PIXELS UP AND DOWN
    C = 96 PIXELS LEFT AND RIGHT + 60 PIXELS UP AND DOWN
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    E = 112 PIXELS LEFT AND RIGHT + 70 PIXELS UP AND DOWN
    F = 120 PIXELS LEFT AND RIGHT + 75 PIXELS UP AND DOWN
    Knobbe
    Mark Clayton Region

    Projected Group Winners

    Group A - Chet H. (holzy11)
    Group B - Sobhi Y. (bestinworld)
    Group C - Matt M. (Ones11fahzu)
    Group D - Joseph N. (nomad)
    Group E - Eric O. (tecmodell42)
    Group F - Erik M. (ARNCOEM)
    Group G- Travis R. (Moulds33)

    Elite 8 Favorites
    Chet H. (holzy11)
    Matt M. (Ones11fahzu)

    Darkhorses
    Todd D. (imimmortl)
    Jonathan B. (QB_Browns)

    Best Names
    Erik B. (Butt Douglas)
    James K. (Tobin, She Rote)
    Jordan W. (Don't Go Chasin Atwaterfalls)
    Dave M. (Balloneous Assault)
    Jason P. (Marc Vlasic Pickle Defense)

    The Clayton Region seems the most predictable in terms of projected group winners which probably means we'll see some upsets. Defending champion Chet is the biggest favorite to make the Elite 8 and it will be interesting to see who can challenge Matt M and Sobhi Y to make the double elim. While former champ Sohbi is considered one of the greatest Tecmo players ever, Matt gets the nod due to his impressive year of tournament play including last year's Madison Final 4 run. Eric O and Erik M are perennial Top 16 players who are capable of making a deep run. Travis R and Joesph N represent some of the Nebraska talent finally making it's way to Madison.

    Mark Duper Region

    Projected Group Winners

    Group H - Luke C.
    Group I - Jon J. (daboy)
    Group J - Jeff B.
    Group K - James T. (skunkerofbestinworld)
    Group L - Chris V. (vogtcd11)
    Group M - Matt O. (LuckyTool)
    Group N - Adam G. (Garbage)

    Elite 8 Favorites
    Jon J. (daboy)
    Luke C.


    Darkhorses
    Ryan K. (Hoigaard2)
    Jess S. (Schuk)
    Jay H. (birdhas_uwl)
    Tony J. (Dotdon)
    Justin O.
    Taha Y. (Monkimanmanmonk)

    Best Names
    Corey L. (Hingle McCringleberry)
    Jon S. (RogerCraig'slist)
    Brett Michael S. (Jesus von Fitzenhopper)
    GARY M. (SEXY LOVES SANDWICHES)
    Gabriel J. (Likesbutts)

    Realistically, I have no idea who will make the Elite 8 from the Duper Region. I went with Luke of his showings in Iowa and Nebraska (only
    loss was to Chet) and with feared Jon (Daboys) J who is potentially due for some damage in his second Madison showing. Jeff B, who made the big Elite 8 run last year in dominating fashion and Midwest Tecmo Tournament organizer Chris V are itching to prove they belong among the elite. Hometown Shunker and Garbage are always a threat to go on run. Matt O was one win away from making Mort one of the best players to never win Madison. The one thing this region lacks is clear favorites. Expect major upsets here but be surprised if someone from the Duper Region wins the tournament.

    Ferrell Edmunds Region


    Projected Group Winners
    Group O - Kyle M. (Regulator088)
    Group P - Francis B. (mort)
    Group Q - Seth B. (Virtuoso)
    Group R - Erik J. (rikfenny)
    Group S - Kevin M. (buzzsaw)
    Group T - Tony O. (AverageTSBPlayer)
    Group U - Troy H. (PrimeTime)


    Elite 8 Favorites
    Kyle M. (Regulator088)
    Francis B. (mort)

    Darkhorses
    John H. (ButtonSpaz)
    Tom B. (8-bit)
    Ed G. (edisaurusrex)


    Best Names
    Luke L. (DutchHammer)
    Brad A. (Rypien Brawler)
    Patrick D. (Anders to the Top)
    Jordan K. (Showtime Loo)
    Barry K. (Brute Farce)

    Potentially the best player never to win at Madison, Kyle (Regulator) was one win away from fulfilling the 10-0 t-shirt he wore last year and is the clear favorite of the Edmonds region to make the Elite 8 and to win the entire tournament. The other clear favorite in the region is Mort, who has won most every tournament of note not featuring Chet. Which local player can knock one of these guys out of the tourney? Seth B., Erik J., and Troy H. are elite lWisconsin players who play online. Their unique play will throw someone for a loop. Tony O. and his entourage is one of the most intimidating plays in all of Madison. While he might not be favored to win his group, Ed G is certainly capable of ruining any of these player's day.


    Jim Jensen Region


    Projected Group Winners
    Group V - Matt V. (bigmv54)
    Group W - Rico R. (ryanr33fulcher)
    Group X - Louis B. (red98sethuthut)
    Group Y - Brent B. (bgboud2)
    Group Z - Derek R. (tecmopsycho)
    Group AA - Josh H. (sonofpatbeach)
    Group BB - AJ B. (adversity)


    Elite 8 Favorites
    Louis B. (red98sethuthut)
    Matt V. (bigmv54)

    Darkhorses
    Steven M. (Meest)
    Kyle F. (Flo)
    Barry A. (Bob Nelson)
    Lucas S. (Breaker)
    Adam L. (smoolorf)
    Josh H. (Houlie)


    Best Names
    Isaac L. (SEX PANTHER)
    Dan D. (Child of Destiny)
    Brock F. (Brock Lobsters)
    Jake I. (Beef Juice)
    nick t. (The Pecan Sandies)

    Big time tourney player Matt V is the favorite to win the Jensen and he's joined by probably one of the most improved Tecmoers in the last two years, Louis B. Typical favorite and former champion Josh H not only has to battle travelling to his own tournament but also running the mike before every round. If he can get past the distraction monster he is one of Tecmo's elite. Brent B and Derek M are two tapping tournament veterans who play a ton of games and are capable of running with the best. AJ has completely revamped his game from last year and is hungry to prove himself. Speaking of tapping, Kyle F will give Louis all he can handle and has the game to make the Elite 8.


    Thanks to the guys at Tecmomadison.com, especially Tony, for their awesome tourney site that made this breakdown possible.
    vogtcd11


    “We try to ensure that brothers and other guys traveling together don't end up in close proximity to one another,” he added. “No one wants to travel a long distance just to encounter one with whom they are familiar.”

    Chet Holzbauer, last year's champion, is the favorite in the Mark Clayton Region. He wouldn’t be mistaken as this year’s overall favorite either.

    He is 42-1 in his last six major Tecmo tournaments.

    "The Mark Clayton Region is stacked," said Tony James, a TecmoIX analyst. "This region is the home to defending Madison champion, and you would have to believe the overall No. 1 seed."

    Along with Chet, there is another Final Four participant from TecmoVIII in Matt Miller in the Mark Clayton Region. Another player in the Clayton region that reached the Elite 8 at TecmoVIII is Jeff B.

    "Getting out of this region will be nothing short of amazing," James said.

    Among three of last year's top eight is “Best in World” Sobhi, who is a former champion and four-time Final Four participant at Madison. He once made the finals three years in a row.

    Eric O'Dell, Detroit Kumite's fearless founder, is a force to be reckoned with, according to James. Alongside him is Louis Buennagel, Francis Buennagel's brother.

    Louis is looking to get out of his sibling's shadow. He’s coming off a finals appearance at the Boneyard Bowl in Cleveland.

    "I've gone this far without even mentioning some other strong players like Erik Merliss, Johnny Bailey and Immortl," James said.

    Like every other region, the Jim Edmunds Region has a lot of power players sprinkled throughout.

    Groups O and P contain two online virtuosos who have proven their ability to back up live play in other tournaments.

    Kyle Miller should plow through Group O with little resistance, much like last year's group play where he only gave up 3 points in all three games, according to TecmoIX analyst Erik Bergstrom.

    Francis Buennagel — also known as Mort — who was featured heavily in the NFL Films documentary, will be the one to watch in Group P. He's the lone participant with Madison experience against virtual unknowns in that group.

    "Whether this helps or hurts him remains to be seen," Bergstrom said of Mort. "It's possible he may have to rely on his lucky cartridge lick sooner than he anticipates."

    Only one participant in Group Q comes with no Madison experience. It may be a wild chase to see who advances from there, Bergstrom noted.

    Could it be Eric D. who shocked the world by beating Sobhi in last year's tournament?

    Perhaps the returning Seth B. is ready to continue his winning ways, going far in TecmoVII. He was absent in last year's bracket.

    In Group R, Erik J. stands as a favorite, and being a Madison native, he's got home field advantage in a group of mainly newcomers.

    Another former Madison champion resides in Group S, Kevin Miller, of Milwaukee. A somewhat early exit last year should have Miller hungry to 'buzzsaw' through his group, according to Bergstrom.

    Group T should prove to give off the most volume out of the Edmunds region, with every participant coming with Madison experience, including Tony Orenga and his cheering faction of followers.

    Group U comes with perhaps the most participants with something to prove, mostly all having wins in tournament play. Troy Hansen is the one to keep an eye on out of this group, with a solid third place in last year's Madison tournament.

    Hansen hit a snag in the Midwest tournament in Ohio afterwards and will most likely be looking to the hallowed grounds of Madison to return to glory.

    Luke Carlberg and Jim Bontempo, the only two-time Madison winner, highlight the Mark Duper Region. Carlberg is 26-2 in his last four major Tecmo tournaments.

    "With the exemption of a hand full of online players, this has to be the greatest assemblage of Tecmo Super Bowl players ever,” Carlberg said. “The competitive skill level is so high that once you get to the field of 56 every game is a dog fight.

    Jon Jones, better known as Daboy, is always a player to look out for every year. He also can make a run in the Duper Region.

    Other notable players in the Mark Duper Region are Chris Vogt, who is fittingly labeled the “Dan Marino of Tecmo,” James T. and Matt O’Toole. Juicer Adam G., better known as Garbage, also has a shot at advancing far in the Duper region.

    The Jim Jensen Region appears to be the least likely group up for the task, said TecmoIX analyst Matt Knobbe.

    While group bye favorites Josh Holzbauer and Matt Vogt have a great shot at making the Elite 8, it's simply been a while since either has been crowned a champion.

    Well known for their online as well as tournament play, Derek Ruble and Brent B. are threats to go on long tournament runs, said Knobbe, who operates TecmoBowl.org.

    With over 30 tournament games under their belt, Madison veterans Rico R., Kyle F. and former champion Peter K. are capable of running the table into the finals if they've worked off their rust.




    The tournament format has changed for the first time since TecmoIII.

    "Rather than dividing participants into groups of four and conducting a round-robin, this year's group play will consist of various 8-man double-elimination tournaments," the Madison website said.

    Group Winners and Group Runners-Up of each double-elimination tournament will advance to a larger “Bracket”.

    The initial rounds in the Bracket will be single-elimination. Double-elimination will be introduced for the Elite Eight Bracket, and the TecmoIX champion will eventually be crowned.

    “Having a double elimination final eight,” Knobbe said, “will possibly be the greatest display of Tecmo Super Bowl talent of this century.”

    Chris Vogt is a national Tecmo Super Bowl writer and can be followed on Twitter @@vogtcd. Matt Knobbe, Erik Bergstrom and Tony James contributed to this story.
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