1991’s Tecmo Super Bowl is a Super Nintendo game jammed into an NES Cart. In upgrading from 1987’s Tecmo Bowl, programmers aspired to make a true NFL football simulator. All 28 teams found home in TSB. Tecmo upped the number of players per team from 8 to 11. Playbooks expanded from four static plays to […]

The late 1980s and early ’90s saw a Pittsburgh Steelers franchise struggling through mediocrity. The Steelers fell to also-rans after QB Terry Bradshaw retired. The memory of back-to-back Super Bowl wins faded under 5 and 6-win seasons. After a 6-win 1986 campaign, the Steelers held the #10 pick in the 1987 NFL Draft. Tampa Bay, holder […]

Tecmo’s New York Giants are stacked. As in Sir Mix-a-Lot, Baby Got Back stacked. Offense or defense, backfield or secondary, the Giants lack weakness. The Houston Oilers may have Warren Moon and a three-headed WR monster, but RB Lorenzo White has severe fumblitis. Philly’s fastest skill player is QB Eagles. The Raiders’ playbook limits Bo […]

If I say, “original Tecmo Bowl,” you think of Dennis Gentry returning Chicago’s kickoffs like a boss. You think of San Francisco’s Pass 3 or trying to defend the impossible slant. You remember endlessly resetting the console after each win to nerf Indianapolis into the Tecmo Bowl. But “original Tecmo Bowl” isn’t the original Tecmo […]