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Found 34 results

  1. Tecmo Bowl Kickoff Manual

    Does anyone have access to the Tecmo Bowl Kickoff instruction manual? I can't find any pdf's or anything through google.
  2. My son recently bought Madden 16 for Xbox One. It's my first time playing it since my super Nintendo days. I have to say the passing is really good and enjoyable. Having a different button associated with different receivers makes alot more sense. But, the running still feels bad. It feels plastic-ee and laggy. Switching directions takes too long and takes the fun out of it. Has anyone else gotten a taste of the dark side (newer Maddens)? If so, what are your thoughts?
  3. Will Koei Tecmo ever release a new version of this game for PC, Xbox or playstation? Or is that impossible because Madden has a monopoly on the NFL license? One can always dream...maybe they can release a new updated game, with updated graphics and mechanics and just have an easy way to update rosters and plug in pics for the helmets? So, people could easily put in the new NFL roster without having Koei Tecmo pay for it or deal with it?
  4. I absolutely love this version! Old legends plus new great players, incredible concept! There was some serious love put into this edition. This is the greatest version of the game I've ever played. All my friends I've shown this to, love it. But the first thing they ask when we play it is "Where's Bo Jackson"? I don't understand why he's left out. He was the great player in the original Tecmo Bowl. Is he a hidden player maybe?
  5. TB Rules?

    Brad, I've attached a video of Roger Craig getting positive yards on a running play on a play pick. Would this be allowed under your rules? VIDEO0009-0-1-0.mp4
  6. A friend sent this tournament to me. It is the original Tecmo Bowl so I probably won't be attending but thought I'd share. Nice prizes for the winner (32" Smart TV & NES Classic). You can read about it/sign up here: http://staydriven.org/tecmobowltournament/
  7. (NES) NCAA Tecmo Bowl 2017

    View File NCAA Tecmo Bowl 2017 This is NCAA Tecmo Bowl 2017! Using the original Tecmo Bowl (not Tecmo Super Bowl), this ROM consists of 32 NCAA football schools. I used a few different criteria when determining which of the 120+ teams to use in this game, from historical reputation (i.e. Notre Dame, Alabama), TB.org community interest (i.e. Syracuse, Purdue), recent success (i.e. Boise St., Oregon), and the military academies. Using the original Tecmo Bowl's ratings as a template, the players were rated based on 2015 season statistics, 2016 partial season statistics, various Heisman watch websites, and other sources. Rosters, ratings, home/away uniforms, cutscenes, and other small details were updated to ensure this is as authentic of an NCAA experience as this 8-bit simulation can provide. Aside from teams selection (as I'm sure not everybody will agree with my selections), if there are any glaring errors, please bring them to my attention. Enjoy! Submitter Baron von Lector Submitted 10/11/2016 Category Tecmo Bowl - NES  
  8. NCAA Tecmo Bowl 2017

    Version 1.0.1

    2,127 downloads

    This is NCAA Tecmo Bowl 2017! Using the original Tecmo Bowl (not Tecmo Super Bowl), this ROM consists of 32 NCAA football schools. I used a few different criteria when determining which of the 120+ teams to use in this game, from historical reputation (i.e. Notre Dame, Alabama), TB.org community interest (i.e. Syracuse, Purdue), recent success (i.e. Boise St., Oregon), and the military academies. Using the original Tecmo Bowl's ratings as a template, the players were rated based on 2015 season statistics, 2016 partial season statistics, various Heisman watch websites, and other sources. Rosters, ratings, home/away uniforms, cutscenes, and other small details were updated to ensure this is as authentic of an NCAA experience as this 8-bit simulation can provide. Aside from teams selection (as I'm sure not everybody will agree with my selections), if there are any glaring errors, please bring them to my attention. Enjoy!
  9. I have included a Document with 20+ pages of Hacking documentation for the 32 Team Original Tecmo Bowl with the updated graphics. Hope you get some use out of it. If you have any quesitons contact me. I Just updated this to include the formations on 2/19/17. Original Tecmo Bowl 32 Team ROM with Updated Graphics Hex Locations.docx
  10. (NES) Tecmo Bowl 2017

    View File Tecmo Bowl 2017 Amidst the sea of Tecmo Super Bowl 2017 releases, here's a ROM release for the original of the series, Tecmo Bowl 2017. This game contains all 32 NFL teams (expanded from 12). There is also a feature that allows you to choose your CPU opponent, as opposed to originally letting the CPU choose, in Exhibition mode. Rosters are based 99% off of depth charts provided by NFL.com and CBSSports.com, with a few exceptions taking into consideration suspensions (Tom Brady, Le'veon Bell) and other factors. Statistics and ratings are based on those provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com. A special thanks goes out to TheFes75 and TecmoTurd for their assistance. In keeping with tradition, the original Tecmo Bowl (and Tecmo Super Bowl) were notorious for their "beasts," like Bo Jackson, Christian Okoye, QB Eagles, Mike Singletary, Jerry Rice, and more. Well, Tecmo Bowl 2017 is no exception. Some of the "beasts" (based on career bodies of work and current work) included in this ROM are: RB - Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson WR - Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham DB - Darrelle Revis DE/LB - James Harrison, JJ Watt, Ndamukong Suh KR - Devin Hester Growing up, I preferred this version of Tecmo Bowl to Tecmo Super Bowl, despite the lack of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the game. To this day, I prefer Tecmo Bowl to Tecmo Super Bowl for the sheer sit-down-and-play factor. If there's anything glaring that I missed, please bring it to my attention. Enjoy! Submitter Baron von Lector Submitted 09/14/2016 Category Tecmo Bowl - NES  
  11. Tecmo Bowl 2017

    Version 1.0.4

    2,127 downloads

    Amidst the sea of Tecmo Super Bowl 2017 releases, here's a ROM release for the original of the series, Tecmo Bowl 2017. This game contains all 32 NFL teams (expanded from 12). There is also a feature that allows you to choose your CPU opponent, as opposed to originally letting the CPU choose, in Exhibition mode. Rosters are based 99% off of depth charts provided by NFL.com and CBSSports.com, with a few exceptions taking into consideration suspensions (Tom Brady, Le'veon Bell) and other factors. Statistics and ratings are based on those provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com. A special thanks goes out to TheFes75 and TecmoTurd for their assistance. In keeping with tradition, the original Tecmo Bowl (and Tecmo Super Bowl) were notorious for their "beasts," like Bo Jackson, Christian Okoye, QB Eagles, Mike Singletary, Jerry Rice, and more. Well, Tecmo Bowl 2017 is no exception. Some of the "beasts" (based on career bodies of work and current work) included in this ROM are: RB - Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson WR - Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham DB - Darrelle Revis DE/LB - James Harrison, JJ Watt, Ndamukong Suh KR - Devin Hester Growing up, I preferred this version of Tecmo Bowl to Tecmo Super Bowl, despite the lack of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the game. To this day, I prefer Tecmo Bowl to Tecmo Super Bowl for the sheer sit-down-and-play factor. If there's anything glaring that I missed, please bring it to my attention. Enjoy!
  12. TB32 49ers Playoff Teams

    Version 1.0.1

    140 downloads

    All, Welcome to TB32 49ers Playoff teams! This was just a pet project of mine. I'm a big 49'ers fan and since my Niners have not been to the playoffs in 3 years and may not get there again this year, I have put together this ROM with all of the 49'ers playoff teams since 1970. This ROM provides All 24 49'ers playoff teams since 1970. All of the opponents the 49'ers lost to in the championship game or Superbowl since 1983. (83 Washington, 90 NY, 92 Dallas, 93 Dallas, 97 Green Bay, 11 NY, 12 Baltimore and 13 Seattle). The 70's teams that took Dallas to the brink only to lose in the Championship game and watch Dallas go on to win a Superbowl The Team of the 80's! Young's 49'ers (Could he best Montana or was Joe Cool that damn good?) Replays of heartbreaking Championship games! Replay that Super Bowl against Baltimore! Any how this was just a fun project that I put together. Even if you are not a 49'ers fan check it out maybe it will open you up to some history you didn't know about. If you see anything that needs fixing let me know!
  13. View File TB32 49ers Playoff Teams All, Welcome to TB32 49ers Playoff teams! This was just a pet project of mine. I'm a big 49'ers fan and since my Niners have not been to the playoffs in 3 years and may not get there again this year, I have put together this ROM with all of the 49'ers playoff teams since 1970. This ROM provides All 24 49'ers playoff teams since 1970. All of the opponents the 49'ers lost to in the championship game or Superbowl since 1983. (83 Washington, 90 NY, 92 Dallas, 93 Dallas, 97 Green Bay, 11 NY, 12 Baltimore and 13 Seattle). The 70's teams that took Dallas to the brink only to lose in the Championship game and watch Dallas go on to win a Superbowl The Team of the 80's! Young's 49'ers (Could he best Montana or was Joe Cool that damn good?) Replays of heartbreaking Championship games! Replay that Super Bowl against Baltimore! Any how this was just a fun project that I put together. Even if you are not a 49'ers fan check it out maybe it will open you up to some history you didn't know about. If you see anything that needs fixing let me know! Submitter TheFes75 Submitted 09/08/2016 Category Tecmo Bowl - NES  
  14. Good afternoon everyone. My name is George and I am new to TecmoBowl.Org. I am the new Volunteers Coordinator for the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo which is planned to take place on August 13th, 2016 at the Upsky Hotel in Hauppauge, Long Island, New York. Here is the link to information about the expo: http://expo.liretro.com/ I personally suggested to the organizers that there should be a Tecmo Bowl tournament at the expo. At the moment, I am trying to gather information about how to run a Tecmo Bowl tournament and make it attractive to not only the general attendance, but also the Tecmo Bowl community. Hopefully, once I gather information and have discussions with the organizers about this, I hope Tecmo Bowl will be added as a tournament and the tournament can be promoted and advertised for the expo. If there is anyone from New York/Long Island who would be able to assist me with the rules and format, and, in general, if it was possible to get feedback on how to make it successful, I would greatly appreciate it. Also, if you would like to run a Tecmo Bowl tournament at the expo, I can provide you the contact information to the Events Coordinator and continue further discuss. Plus, if you are from the area and want to be a general volunteer, please let me know. We do not have the incentives program finalized at the moment, but we are trying to make it reflect our appreciation for your sacrificed time and dedicated volunteerism. For the tournament, I would like to keep it at Tecmo Bowl for the NES, even though I personally own and like Tecmo Super Bowl for the SNES better . Thanks for all your feedback and support. I really hope to create a successful Tecmo Bowl tournament for everyone and get to meet the Tecmo Bowl community at the expo! P.S. I am also gathering information for NHL 94. We had a tournament last year, but the numbers were far less than expected. Just like Tecmo Bowl, I hope to gather information about the game and discuss with the organizers to add a NHL 94 tournament back into the expo and promote its inclusion in advertising, as well. Please message me if you have any information about NHL 94 or the appropriate forum to go to. Thanks.
  15. What? Original Tecmo Bowl tournament Where? Beercade in Omaha. 6104 Maple St, Omaha, NE 68104 When? March 20th, 1PM Entry fee? $15 Team selection? To mirror Tecmo Madison/Lincoln process Sign up? Beercade's challonge page > http://challonge.com/beercade_tecmo_bowl Rules? See full list at challonge link above. -- Pay the day of at Beercade...but please sign up to help aid the organizers with an estimate of attendees. -- Format of competition and Prize payouts TBD by number of attendees. See the sign up page for more details. -- Prize giveaway held for entrants between opening round and tournament. --15 Participants signed up so far.
  16. Slingshot Effect??

    On The ORIGINAL TECMO BOWL does anyone know, or has anyone tried to find a way to eliminate the "slingshot effect" that takes place when a defender is near an offensive player that has been thrown the ball on a slant or curl. I have seen other posts that talk about trying to "eliminate" unstoppable plays, but what if you could take away the "sling shot effect" instead? Does anyone on these boards have any idea what in the Hex code makes the player "slingshot" away from the intended receiver on slants and curls. I have worked on some ROMS but usually just changing stats, names, colors and player attributes. I wonder if there is a hex number that say at 00 there is no "slingshot" or at FF is max "slingshot", or if the game takes into account the players Max Speed vs the WR special attribute (controls the speed of the pass). It seems to me that the faster the defender and the slower the pass the further he is pushed away. I get pushed away farther when I use Ronnie Lott, than say if I use Dwaine Board with a weak armed QB (WR's special attribute). Any info or help would be great, I can recognize certain Hex Code on the Original Tecmo Bowl now that I have worked on some of these ROMS, but I have no idea how to look for something like what I'm asking above.
  17. Tecmo Bowl 1968

    This ROM is based on the 1968 NFL season. The teams included in this ROM are the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Colts, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, and Chicago Bears. The offensive ratings are based on the statistics for the season. The defensive ratings were a little harder to determine because at this time, sacks totals were not counted so I had to rely on the All Pro and Pro Bowl rosters to determine the ratings. BaronROMS.wordpress.com Tecmo Bowl 1968.nes
  18. (NES) Mutant League Tecmo Bowl

    File Name: Mutant League Tecmo Bowl File Submitter: Baron von Lector File Submitted: 18 Aug 2015 File Category: Tecmo Bowl - NES This ROM modification of the original Tecmo Bowl is based on the Sega Genesis' Mutant League Football. Special care was taken to ensure the teams in the ROM mirrored the strengths and weaknesses of the original game (Midway Monsters’ strong running game, Misfit Demons’ strong pass defense, Darkstar Dragons’ strong passing game, etc.). I also got my feet wet with some sprite editing which is most evident in the appearance of the spectators and a couple of the icons. Click here to download this file
  19. Are you kidding me?

    Saw these prices on Amazon for NES games. Do people actually sell and buy for this much? I have all those game and I bought them for like $2.00 each at a game stop. Does this have anything to do with Nintendo getting their ROM's pulled off sites like Cool ROMS? The Legend of Zelda Nintendo 177 Nintendo NES $545.00 Prime Double Dribble - Nintendo NES Konami 15 Nintendo NES R.C. Pro-Am MADE BY RARE 20 Nintendo NES $499.99 Prime NES Controller - Generic Brand Generic 225 #1 Best Seller#1 Best Seller in NES Accessories Nintendo NES $8.95 Prime Super Mario Bros. 3 Nintendo 250 #1 Best Seller#1 Best Seller in NES Games Nintendo NES
  20. Tecmo Bowl 1992

    I'm taking a short break from my historic RBI Baseball ROMs and putting together a couple historic Tecmo Bowl ROMS (the original, not Tecmo Super Bowl). Here's one based on the 1992 season. I chose 1992 because, as a Steelers fan growing up, this was a great year to be a Steeler running back (Barry Foster - 1690 yards). I based the ratings on the stats for the season. Although Christian Okoye was a beast in previous games, during this season, not so much (448 yards rushing). The teams included, based on the playoffs this year, are the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, and the Minnesota Vikings. BaronROMs.wordpress.com Tecmo Bowl 1992.nes
  21. fatcheerleader's TSB NCAA14

    TSB NCAA14 I'm happy that College Football finally embraced the playoff format even if it's only 4 teams. I think 8 will be ideal and it seems to be coming soon with the money it would generate. In the rom, if you want to re-live the 2014 season then you can just play through Week17 and be done. If you prefer to have the end of season bracket like I do then go for it as I left it in. In the schedule, I also tried to add some of the non-conference games that happened in the real season and some of the previous years' bowl games. Schedule: 12 games each Week 13 Rival Week & Army-Navy Game Week 14 Conference Championships Week 15 Bowl Games Week 16 College Football Playoff (Florida State vs Oregon / Ohio State vs Alabama) Week 17 College Football Championship (Ohio State vs Oregon) Features: Team Rankings (not perfect but close) on each of their helmets. I stink at doing helmets so I came up with an idea and Proads26 made it a reality for me. My teams were ranked very close to the USA Today Coaches Poll right after the National Championship. I used bruddog's thread ranking the teams for MAN games as I make roms to play with my friends head to head. I also used some info from Mort's Top20 Matchups thread to make rival games that would be good MAN vs MAN games. My friend and I tried to match the NCAA14 team with a team either similarly ranked from TSB or that had similar roster profile. No, it's not perfect but it's easier than rating every player and I don't have the patience or free time for that type of work. I used a random name generator to do the rosters but then decided to name the QB, RB, WR, TE and a few on defense. Rivalscom and Espncom Stats were used for depth charts and/or the names of the players that played the most. Feel free to open the rom in Tool and fix your team. Other features: Even Teams - Army & Navy (DET QB, KC RB, CHI WR, TB OL, RAM DL, NE LB, IND DB, RAM K/P) Worst Possible TSB Roster (Bodom) - Michigan Wolverines Best vs Worst - Pro Bowl aka AllStars - EAS (SF OFF/PIT DEF) vs WES (NE OFF/IND DEF) Offensive Preference Tweaked (Buck) - Heavy Rush 70% (ARM, NAV, GT, WIS) and Heavy Pass 70% (ARZ TCU PSU FSU) Rank NCAA Team (Original TSB) 1 OSU (SF) 2 ORE (PHI) 3 TCU (NYG) 4 ALA (BUF) 5 MSU (CHI) 6 FSU (HOU) 7 GT (KC) 8 BAY (HOU2) 9 GA (RAI) 10 UCL (TB) 11 MIZ (MIA) 12 MSS (DEN) 13 WIS (DET) 14 ASU (RAM) 15 CLM (WAS) 16 BSE (CLE) 17 ARZ (DAL) 18 KST (MIN) 19 OLE (SD) 20 AUB (CIN) 21 NEB (PHX) 22 ND (GB) 23 DUK (SEA) 24 MIN (NO) 25 LSU (PIT) 26 OKL (NYJ) 27 UF (ATL) 28 PSU (NE) 29 IOW (IND) 30 NAV (EVEN) 31 ARM (EVEN) 32 MIC (WORST) Sorry to the fans of Louisville, Utah, U$C, Marshall, Stanford, Arkansas, Miami and Boston College as they were close but didn't make the cut. THANK YOU for all you've done to help me and the TSB community: Knobbe, Maynard_G_Krebs, Jstout, Cxrom, BAD_AL, buck, rewhawl, drummer4god, bodom, bruddog, xplozv, Elway, TecmoTurd, davefmurray, Proads26, Brinky274, drunken_honkey, Hurricane55, Tecmo Psycho, philleyOphish, mort237, QBEagles, slim_jimmy7, Bad Moon Rison, BO FB Offtackle Left, MRTECMOSUPERBOWL, averagetsbplayer, TDO, meat, TecmoGeek, Tecmomonster and everyone that lives in Wisconsin. I added some of these Thank You's to the credits screens on the rom after the title game. ********************************************** ZIPPED: TSB NCAA14 Vanilla TSB NCAA14 Juiced TSB Team Values Spreadsheet (bruddog) converted with my NCAA14 Teams Read Me - TSB NCAA14 TSB NCAA14.7z
  22. Tecmo Turd PMed me a while ago wondering if we should put some shine on the 32-team OG Tecmo Bowl Rom. While a lot of what we do here focuses on TSB, sometimes I want to play some 9-on-9, with big, chunky dudes and see Walter Payton give me a high five after every TD. So I started tinkering with the rom to see what could be done cosmetically. I've added team logos to the opening crawl and plan to do the same on the team select screen and scoreboards. But really, we need a title screen, right? I've attached a mock-up of what I'm planning below. let me know what you think. While the rom has tile space to accommodate What's attached, i haven't yet dug into the code that writes the title screen, so some changes may be necessary to make it all fit.
  23. Los Angeles Pass 1 play pick

    While messing around with creating my own Plays on the ORIGINAL TECMO BOWL, I noticed that when the offense and defense both pick play 1 (right on the game pad) in Los Angeles Playbook the game actually runs Pass 2. I noticed this before but always chalked it up to me possibly pressing the wrong direction. Besides before we found out about the top linebacker not beign blocked people always play picked Bo's run to not get burned by Bo. Anyway while looking at the Hex code I noticed that the play bytes for Pass 1 on a play pick (right) are the same as a play pick for pass 2 (down) see attached Spreadsheet under Los Angeles. * The yellow highligted areas (3B) are the play bytes. * The Blue Highlighted areas (18886, 183AC, 185B6, 183D0) are the same as the numbers to the left and are the Hex Addresses within the ROM. They also coincide with the play picks (Up, Left, Right, Down) * The Green Hightlighted areas are the QB play bytes and usually they are the only thing that changes in the Hex Code for a specific play. With the exception of this play, Indianapolis Pass 2, and Dallas Pass 1. * The Grey highlighted areas are to illustrate the identical code at the same Hex adress that makes Pass 1 play pick become Pass 2. TB PASS PLAY LOCATIONS IN HEX.xlsx
  24. All, Just uploaded new vesion of TB 80s Super Bowl and more ROM. Fixed some aesthetic things, updated a few players, changed some play books and also added a Downloadable spreadsheet with the player ratings. Here is the link below. http://tecmobowl.org/files/file/372-tb-80s-super-bowls-and-more/ Thanks Let me know if you find anything else I need to fix.
  25. http://www.gamefaqs.com/nes/587684-tecmo-bowl/reviews/review-109599 Review by Eric43 "Get ready for some FOOTBALL!!"Tecmo Bowl is a pretty old football game, released back in 1989. There's only twelve teams, nine players per team on the field at a time, four plays per team, and the action scrolls left to right in a pitched camera view. Sounds like crap, especially when overshadowed by its famed successor, Tecmo Super Bowl, but it's not, it's AWESOME!! There's a pretty cool intro with some happenin' music and a scrolling list of the team rosters. As you can see, Tecmo Bowl uses the NFL Players license, therefore, your favorite players from the '85-'86 season are here, such as Joe Montana, Lawrence Taylor, and Bo Jackson. However, there's no team names; just the names of the cities. The twelve teams in this game are San Francisco, New York (Giants), Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Seattle, Miami, Minneapolis, Dallas, and Washington. Each team has their authentic uniform color except for Seattle, which is pink for some reason. Yeah, it stinks that they couldn't include more teams, but that's life. There's only nine players for each team on the field, but like other arcade football games like NFL Blitz, the gameplay adapts well. Once the game gets underway, it's a delight to know the game's controls are very accessible and clear-cut all the way. On receptions, the ball carrier is controlled merely by the d-pad and can juke players like crazy. As for pass plays, the QB can move in the pocket and press A to change receivers and press B to pass it to the man. Defense is simple too. Before the snap, you can toggle through the defenders with the A button. You can stop plays by simply moving into another player and try to take them down, or you can press B for a dive tackle, which instantly takes down the player but also leaves you vulnerable if you miss. It's simple to learn but difficult to master. In between plays, the the offense's playbook is displayed on screen. Most teams have a unique playbook consisting of two pass plays and two run plays, while a few pass-happy teams like San Francisco and Miami have three pass plays and one run play. Press A and the specific d-pad button to call a play. However, the defense must pick one of the offense's plays too. The defense will adjust to the play, but should they happen to pick the same play as the offense, they'll read the play perfectly and usually sack the QB or RB right away. It sounds ludicrous that there's a 25% of getting a “play pick,” but it's a fun guessing game, where two players can match wits by trying to predict what the other's going to do. There's some oddities in Tecmo Bowl that sound bad at first but are for the best. For instance, there's no blocked or dropped passes; every time a defender gets to the receiver catching the ball, it's an interception—no questions asked, come again, see you later. This will no doubt cause some controversy, but the good news is that there's no Mario Party-like chance in this game. If you throw a first down or a pick, it's your fault. There's no fumbles. That makes rushing the safe alternative, but you can catch an opponent off-guard with a well-timed pass. Also, if you run into daylight (as in run pass all the defenders for a TD), you can expect the AI players to kick it into gear and catch up to you somewhat. You can juke them, however, and squeak out that game-breaking touchdown. There's no injuries or time outs either (the clock stops after each play). Special teams, in the form of kickoffs, punts, and field goals, are as simple as pressing the button as soon as a power bar reaches the top. Accuracy is never an issue as all you need to do is clear the uprights to score. There's no option to try for a two-point conversion, you can block most long field goals by being the OLB and moving in untouched, and the punt coverage on returns is insane. But like a good kicker in the NFL, special teams is not the game's best weapon but it does its job without any complaints. What truly makes Tecmo Bowl great is its use of player statistics. You can't read them in the game, but all players are graded on speed, acceleration, and strength; some on pass speed and kicking distance. You can "infer" who's better just by looking at some tentative in-game records, such as Yards or Interceptions. There's your fast running backs and wide receivers like Bo Jackson, Walter Payton, and Jerry Rice who are your go-to guys on most occasions. On defense, some cornerbacks and safeties are absolutely nuts at covering the field, such as Lawrence Taylor or Ronnie Lott, who are scanning the field for a pick. As for QBs, there's a difference in how fast they pass the ball. Dan Marino throws fast, but loser Jack Trudeau throws slow and is asking to be picked off. Also, some kickers and punters can get more distance than others. Statwise, you can say some teams are better than others, but there's also the playbook to take into consideration. Tecmo Bowl is a lot of fun, but there's some balance issues to deal with. For instance, if a QB throws a pass to a receiver in the middle of a cut or a curl, the pass can't be blocked. That means you'll have to ban that whenever you play with a friend. During a playpick of one of Indy's pass plays, one receiver is wide open no matter what, so you have to ban that too. However, you can't stop the fact that some offensive linemen don't block their man on a few plays, therefore greatly reducing the efficiency of the play. This can be exploited during Bo Jackson's only rushing play, in which his insane speed is contained to only a yard or so. Also, some plays are just bad. Washington has a wide receiver reverse and a curls play. The WR reverse is too easy to stop and the curls play leaves all three receivers right next to each other for an easy pick. The playbooks make a world of difference, and teams with little star power like Indianapolis suddenly own because of their versatile running plays and spread-out passing attacks. At least the graphics aren't as broken as Washington's playbook. There's the same old player model with pallete swaps to accommodate the team's uniform and the player's skin color, as well as the accomodating generic green turf football field. It's not bad; as a matter of fact, this game looks pretty awesome for a Nintendo game. The framerate is good and the players animate as well as Super Mario. Its only flaw is when the players are in action, they tend to do that awful NES blinking effect, but it doen't obscure the play and is hardly noticeable. There's TD celebrations which consist of two white guys jumping for a hi-five as well as half-time "slide" shows (that you can just skip cause they're stupid unless you like looking at pixelated cheerleaders). As for sound, there's a lot of goofy tunes in the game that you may or may not like, but there's the charming “Ready-down-hoothoothoothoothoot” from the QB before the snap. There's some crunching sounds and whistles, as well as an announcer who announces “Touchdown!” whenver someone scores. You'll love it. You can play one-player against the AI and beat all eleven teams to win the Super Bowl. Or you can just play two-player with a friend. Man, that's some good stuff. The AI is pretty stupid, so this is a pretty good buddy game. The controls are good, the gameplay is innovative, and the presentation is nice. The whole conflict with interceptions and whatnot can discourage some, but since there's no other football games out there with that features, this makes this game all the more interesting. If only a few of the game exploits could be fixed then this game would be better. Presentation: 9/10 – Doo..doo..doo, awesome intro! Gameplay: 9/10 – Fun football game as long as you can fix the danged exploits in this game! Graphics: 8/10 – Cool looking players as well as the classic hi-five touchdown celebration. Sound: 7/10 – Cool music and sound effects, but the game tends to repeat them a lot. Replay Value: 8/10 – Get a friend and you'll play this for a long time. The AI isn't very smart though, so you will only push them around for so long.
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