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Tecmo Bowl is a video game series. It is based on American Football and was released in arcades in 1987. It was later ported to the NES in 1989 (and ported twice again - once in 1991 for the Game Boy and again for the Virtual Console in 2007; albeit in the VC release, the players' names are removed and represented by their number) You can choose from 12 teams, a password option, and started a trend. In December 1991, a sequel was released called Tecmo Super Bowl. Nearly two years later, Tecmo Super Bowl was brought to the Mega Drive and Genesis. Despite having a similar name to the NES game, it is not a port. Two years later, Tecmo released two more sequels - Tecmo Super Bowl 2: Special Edition and Tecmo Super Bowl 3: The Final Edition. Despite the last one implying it was the final edition, another Tecmo Super Bowl game was released for the Sony Play Station in 1996. Nearly twelve years later, the franchise was reborn with the release of Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff for the Nintendo DS in November 2008. The most recent release in the series was Tecmo Bowl Throwback for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 in April 2010.

The series in general include:

  • Cutscene: Every once in a while, the game will temporarily cut from the game and show, for example, a short cutscene of a field goal or kick. There's more ways to trigger these cut scenes.

The Arcade and NES versions include the following tropes:

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty: When gamers show videos showing Bo Jackson's infamous invincibility, they usually use footage from Tecmo Super Bowl. Not only is Jackson toned down in that game, there are several players who can do the same things (Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders and Christian Okoye, to name a few). It's the original NES version where Jackson is friggin invincible.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The NES version in particular has only four plays by team, two minutes per quarter, unable to edit your roster, no injuries, and more.
  • Game Breaking Bug: On the NES version, inputting certain passwords will cause the game to freeze if you call an offensive play.
  • Jack of All Stats: Washington's team is well-balanced. Doug Williams has two potent weapons to use in players like Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Bo Jackson of Los Angeles. If the other player doesn't stop his run, he'll score a touchdown before the other player can react. Same with the barrage Jerry Rice and Joe Montana can prepare on unsuspecting players.
  • Stone Wall: Lawrence Taylor can block field goal kicks and can shut down any offense plays, if timed right. Chicago has two stone walls - Steve Mc Michael and Mike Singletary.
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