NES – #30 – Tecmo Super Bowl

History:
Well I mean, who didn’t know about Tecmo Super Bowl? Even back then I knew it was the go to football game for the 8-bit generation. That said, I didn’t come to appreciate the sport until years later, and so was never interested in it as a kid.

Expectations:
It looks fun, I think, I really can’t tell. I want it to be fun. I don’t expect a whole lot of depth from this one, but I’m hoping it’ll be a fun one-nighter.


Night 1:

I know it’s an old game, but seeing the AFC and NFC breakdown still made me laugh!

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I picked the Raiders… for a friend… and pitted them against the 49ers, because California. Winning the flip, I choose to return the ball. I don’t know why, but I was actually surprised when the game greeted me with a play selection. I guess I was expecting something a bit more crude…

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I chose a running play because god damnit Seahawks!

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It took a few plays before I really started to appreciate how well the game handled. If you performed the play properly, and the defense didn’t choose the perfect counter-play, there was this fantastic sense of satisfaction. It wasn’t long at all until Bo Jackson earned me my first touchdown.

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After that I got my extra point and turned the ball over to San Francisco.

Defense wasn’t quite as fun, and maybe I just wasn’t “getting it”. Same as offense, my success rate of stopping their yardage increased dramatically if I picked the proper defensive play, but my team just felt completely incompetent when it came to tackles. Still, I was able to enjoy some sacks, blocks and even an interception, all with slick and non-invasive cutscenes.

Half time!

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It’s not dancing sharks, but it’ll do.

The game ended in favor, but not without a few close calls!

wpid-20150228_003619.jpgIt’s worth noting I did try a single passing play, but couldn’t quite figure out the passing mechanics. I’d try it again in the future only to get immediately sacked. I think I’ll just stick to running the ball…

Not wanting to call it one and done, I tried the Pro Bowl mode, pitting the NFC against the AFC. This was immediately more difficult than the preseason game I played earlier. Their defense was tighter, offense ran harder, and more than a few times I considered just giving up the game as the CPU put me so far behind.

Somehow, in the second half, I managed to crawl ahead. With 40 seconds left in the 4th quarter, the NFC was on offense, only two points behind. Somehow, I managed to keep them scoring one last time, and the game was mine!

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Liked:
Pretty much everything! This game surprised me completely. Production values were high, the game was fun and simple and extremely gratifying. I was swearing at my TV just as much as I jumping out of my seat celebrating plays. Somehow, this 8-bit 24 year old game managed to generate a ton of excitement. I can really see why people still play this game, though it’s made me really look forward to trying the SNES version to see how it was improved.

Disliked:
Like other NES sports titles, the mechanics weren’t very well communicated, which is to say at all. I don’t have the instruction booklet so I had to figure everything out on my own. I didn’t realize that I could change active players on defense, pre-snap, with the A button until halfway through the Pro Bowl game. Defense wasn’t much fun in general actually, and was the most frustrating part of the game.

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