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The last “Tecmo” football game wasn’t even made by Tecmo. It was made by Midway, and it was called NFL Blitz. By the end of the 1990’s, the NFL had grown into a licensing machine, jealously protective of its intellectual properties.  The cost of doing business with the league was going up. Fast. Meanwhile, Madden […]

The easiest way to win Tecmo Super Bowl is to lose. The reason? “Juice.” Juice is Tecmo slang for the stat boost COM players receive after each MAN win. A good video game increases in challenge as the player progresses[1]. Level 8-3 in Super Mario Bros. is designed to be much harder than level 1-3. […]

Dave Brude has unearthed a long-rumored Tecmo Super Bowl secret: the false start. Twenty years ago, Dave “Bruddog” Brude dominated friends in Tecmo Super Bowl, keeping detailed game notes. Today, Dave is a SoCal electrical engineer. He still stomps the TSB competition, and he still keeps copious Tecmo notes. Except now his notes don’t tally Joe Montana’s […]

Tecmo Super Bowl keeps proving its relevance. An innocent Bo Jackson cameo on Family Guy has thrust TSB into the contentious debate over intellectual property in the digital age. The Family Guy episode, “Run, Chris Run” (May 15 2006), included Peter and Co. playing Tecmo Super Bowl and Double Dribble. Clips of Peter, Quagmire and Cleveland narrating […]