Tecmo Bowl is a name I haven’t heard in a long time. When I saw Engadget mention that it would be playable on the PS4 starting tomorrow, I started to reach for my wallet. I had a lot of fun playing that game, even though I didn’t know who Warren Moon was. I knew who Bo Jackson was. Well, you won’t have to know what Bo knows, because they aren’t in the version we’re getting tomorrow.
The Arcade Archives version of Tecmo Bowl will feature only two teams. You can take the Wildcats or Bulldogs to a win, but it will only be a mass of unnamed players. The NES version of Tecmo Bowl didn’t have official teams either, but it did have real, licensed players, making it the first game to do so. (Suck it, Madden.)
It’s not all bad news though. The arcade version had superior visuals, and you can have ten players instead of nine. It’s only $8 USD, so you can have some nostalgia on the cheap without tracking down a cartridge. Of course, you can always venture to Nintendo’s Online Service for the full experience.
Whatever your preference, it’s nice to see this old title have a little more life even in a more limited arcade version.