Tecmo Bowl: Throwback – Arcade Football For Old Gamers

I guess while L.T. is in the news for some suspect behavior it’s a perfect time to mention the XBLA and PSN game, Tecmo Bowl: Throwback.  For those of you born in the 70’s and early 80’s, the Tecmo Bowl football game was the end all be all football video game of that era.  Who doesn’t remember picking L.A., and running Bo Jackson right and Marcus Allen left for an automatic score, or picking San Francisco and dropping Joe Montana back to your own end zone and throwing a long bomb to your lone receiver, because the game’s A.I. was special.  Not to mention the flip-book style touchdown celebrations, classic.

Well, a whole new generation of gamers and maybe some of us gaming geezers can get a taste of the nostalgic Tecmo Bowl football again.  Tecmo Bowl: Throwback debuted this week, and stays very true to the original Super Tecmo Bowl for the SNES.  Unfortunately, Tecmo no longer has the NFL license, so all of the teams are fictional, but the gameplay is identical to the 1993 version.  You even have the option of viewing the game with the old-school graphics it was made with, or for those who don’t like retro, you can view them with a modern skin.  Take a look at what I mean below.

Pretty cool looking right?  If you’re a Tecmo Bowl junkie, and have $10 bucks laying around, I’d say go ahead and pick this up.  It’s arcade football at its finest, and a simple way to play video football if Madden is too complex for you.  For a full review, check out the video below.  You’ve scored by throwing a pass to Willie Gault…


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