71. Tecmo Bowl

Released: 1989
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Fun Fact: Featured real players from the NFL, but not real NFL teams due to licensing agreements.

Tecmo Bowl was an arcade port that defined football on the NES until the release of its sequel. With a full 9 players on either side of the line of scrimmage, and animated cut scenes and crowds behind both end zones, Tecmo Bowl felt decidedly “real” compared to any other preceding home football video game.

2-player Tecmo Bowl consisted of the player on defense trying to successfully guess which of the 4 offensive plays his opponent would choose, and 25% of the time that resulted in either an interception or a quick sack. If you could keep your friend from cheating and looking at which play you chose while on offense, Tecmo Bowl provided some of the best, early video game football.