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.
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Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.