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Five Best Teams From Nintendo's Tecmo Super Bowl

The mother of all sports games

The mother of all sports games

In 1991, the standard for all future football video games was set when Nintendo released Tecmo Super Bowl. The game combined button mashing, strategy, and real-life NFL players (minus Randall Cunningham, Jim Kelly, and Bernie Kosar) to create what some feel is the greatest sports game of all time. Break out your old school Nintendo and play with one, or all five, of these awesome teams. It will take you back to a time when phones still had cords and MTV still played videos.

5. Los Angeles Raiders

This game is so old that there were actually two teams in LA when it came out. Bo Jackson and Marcus Allen gave the Raiders a sick two-headed rushing attack. Bo was so fast and Marcus so good that you could tolerate the anemic passing attack led by QB Jay Schroeder. LA”s defense wasn”t much to write home about either, although NFL on Fox”s Howie Long would get you an occasional sack. All in all, maybe LA wasn”t your ideal dynasty team, but how fun was it to use Bo Jackson, and run circles around defenses?

4. Chicago Bears
Chicago”s offense wasn”t that potent, but their defense made up for a weak passing game. Running back Neal Anderson could fly, and fullback Brad Muster was a bruiser. While the passing game was just mediocre, Mike Singletary, Dan Hampton, and the rest of the defense pretty much guaranteed the other team wasn”t going to be scoring much. How do you plan on running the ball against Richard Dent and “Refrigerator” Perry? And how you gonna throw it on Mark Carrier and Lemuel Stinson in the secondary?

3. San Francisco 49ers
Much like the time frame, you picked or watched the 49ers for their unbelievable offense. It was sometimes too easy with Joe Montana playing pitch and catch with Jerry Rice, John Taylor, and Brent Jones. Just when defenders started picking pass plays, you could hit them with Roger Craig and Here are a few horoscopes cancer celebrities born on July 4th and their romantic connections and associated sign:Geraldo Rivera (Cancer) and Erica Levy (Aquarius)Calvin Coolidge (Cancer) and Grace Coolidge (Capricorn) horoscopes cancer Relationship CompatibilityJul 4More July 4 Birthday AstrologyJuly 4 is associated with Birthday Number 11July 4 is associated with Tarot Card 3 of CupsDiscover the most popular July 4 birthdays including Malia Obama & Louis Armstrong. Tom Rathman coming out of the backfield. Oh yeah, when playing defense, use Ronnie Lott from his safety spot. He”s a headhunter.

2. New York Giants
While New York”s offense was about on par with the Bears, Lawrence Taylor was a strait beast from his linebacker spot. LT could punish quarterbacks and runners alike in a Joe Theismann-like fury. Just in case that wasn”t enough, he was also lined up in an ideal spot to block field goals and extra points. The rest of the defense was iron clad, as well, with Pepper Johnson, Carl Banks, and Leonard Marshall leading a fearsome front seven. CBS goon/QB Phil Simms led a decent passing game,  and you could pretty much bank on the Ottis Anderson/Dave Meggett running game to get you up and down the field.

1. Buffalo Bills

Some feel this may be a controversial pick, but I think Buffalo is the most well-rounded team on the game. Their passing game was dynamite with Jim Kelly, known as QB Bills, throwing to Andre Reed and James Lofton. RB Thurman Thomas was one of the game”s best. On D, they had spectacular players at each position, so regardless of where you preferred to line up, you had a superstar. Bruce Smith anchored the D-Line, Cornelius Bennett and Darrell Talley brought the pain at linebacker, and Mark Kelso and Nate Odomes held down the secondary.

Who were your Tecmo Bowl favorites? There were many other teams that you could dominate with, as long you knew how to use them. Share your thoughts.

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The Bills” Andre Reed gettin loose


24 Responses to “Five Best Teams From Nintendo's Tecmo Super Bowl”

  1. Living with Balls December 11, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    I’d have to go with either the Raiders or the Giants. Bo Jackson was unstoppable in that game. Even if your opponent guessed the right play, you’d still bust off a 50 yard run.

    LT was insane. I pretty much got a sack on every passing play. Damn I feel like playing now.

  2. Scooter December 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    We had to set rules banning a specific play unless the situation was warranted. The field goal block option was generally used on every play as the main defensive play. It overwhelmed the offense and the quarterback was sacked before he could pass or the running back could cross the line of scrimmage on a running play. Raiders were the best though, “Living with Balls” was right, Bo Jackson was unstoppable.

  3. stella December 11, 2009 at 10:23 pm #

    I don’t think you could pick the field goal block on a normal play? I believe the defense had to choose one of the offense’s plays? Perhaps that was an option when Tecmo Super Bowl came out on Sega or Super NES?

  4. Scooter December 18, 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    Yeah, it was with the old school NES. It was an option that you could choose. But I believe it may have been the plain old Tecmo Bowl, the one with the same guy on the cover, but looking strait ahead and with green writing.

  5. joe moskwa January 13, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    I have a fully restored NES with 2 copies of this great game, and I live in the Detroit area. I still play it every day with buddies. We’re looking for die hards in the area who want to stop by and play a season. Anyone?? Jmoskwa1@att.blackberry.net January 2010 as I’m posting this now.

  6. Phen March 1, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    Supertecmo one of greatest games of alltime! I think it would be hard not to include Cincinnati in the top 5 teams tho. Fulcher on defense! Good passing attack and run game! They did go to the superbowl that year.

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  8. Mira August 20, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Whoa, whoa, get out the way with that good ifnomraotin.

  9. Nigerian Nightmare August 24, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    The KC Chiefs are not top 5??? Are you kidding? Derrick Thomas, Christian Okoye? Two of the top players of the game on O and on D plus a decent QB, and a great surrounding cast at defense.

    Bears and 49ers could definetly be ranked outside the top 5…

  10. BARRY! February 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    1. Detroit Lions – seriously??? no one’s brought them up yet? Barry Sanders and the Run and Shoot offense. nuff said. And that’s only if you even got your offense on the field, by somehow not returning the kickoff for an easy 6 with Mel Gray. And if you end a game with less than 15 sacks for Jerry Ball, then you obviously did not know “the nosetackle trick” that had to be outlawed in head to head games at my cousins’ house. And Michael Cofer was second only to LT for blocking FG’s.

    2. San Fran – Who cares about Craig and Rathman. Just run all the way back to your endzone with Montana and throw the ball 100+ yards to Rice at the other endzone. Works at least 25% of the time (probably closer to 50%). so in 4 downs you’re basically guaranteed a TD.

    3. Da Bills – Well said above. most well rounded team and I def. played more seasons with them than any other team

    4. Bo Jackson. Not the Raiders. But Bo Jackson. Marcus Allen was worthless, b/c there was no point in giving him the ball. And besides Tim Brown (who was only useful for returning punts b/c Jay Schroeder blows!) and a solid D Line, this team was crap

    5. Eagles – Cunningham (i mean “QB Eagles”) was just as good as Barry Sanders if you used him right. Plus decent RB’s, WR’s, and Keith Jackson at TE, solid LB’s and Eric Allen, who could get to any ball thrown anywhere on the field.

    5a. I would accept Bears, Giants, and Chiefs (Christian Okoye in Excellent condition is the best player on this game) as well, but I think if you use “QB Eagles” right, Philly gets the edge.

    ***Honorable mention***
    Tampa Bay – (See above about Okoye and it applies to Reggie Cobb as well) and for some reason, Wayne Haddix is the best defensive back on this game. I can not confirm that this guy actually existed in real life.

    Pittsburgh – Dwight Stone is one of the best KR’s on the game and their defense is insane. Darren Woodson is the only DB on the game that rivals Wayne Haddix and Eric Allen

    Houston – Run and Shoot with 4 badass receivers, Lorenzo White at RB (very under-rated), “Ice Man” McNeil returning punts and kickoffs, and Childress and Dishman on D. Oh yeah, and they had Warren Moon, too.

    Redskins – Thanks to awesome receivers and Darrell Green…And Earnest Byner wasn’t horrible. Also, didn’t they win the Super Bowl in real life the season this came out? Or was that this the season the Gigantes won it?

    *Interesting Note* What’s funny is that the worst team on this game is probably the Cowboys. Google that roster when you get a chance…If “Tecmo Super-er Bowl” came out about 2 yrs later, no question the Cowboys would have been #1 on that game.

  11. VInjam24 January 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    No one picks the Eagles? Reggie White and Randal make them unstoppable

  12. George February 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Best teams in TSB (in no particular order):

    1. Buffalo Bills: I agree with this article of the Bills being the best. They were truly insane. When the defense correctly predicted your play, it’s lights out. Their receiving corps was one of the best, perhaps only matched by the 49ers, Redskins, and maybe the Raiders, and I don’t think they’re better. Their running backs (Thomas and Mueller) were really fast as well. QB Bills could throw the ball extremely well, and he almost always got a clean pass, a good completion. Hardest team to beat in my opinion.

    2. Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders: Bo Jackson was probably the best RB in the game, only matched by Thomas (Bills) and Craig/Rathman (49ers). I disagree with “BARRY!” about Allen because if you used Allen properly, he could be just as good as Jackson. The WRs were awesome as well, as you had Tim Brown, Mervyn Fernandez, Willie Gault, plus Jackson and Allen could be WR as well. The D was pretty good, though Schroeder and Buerlien were at best, slightly above average QBs.

    3. San Francisco 49ers: I actually have a problem listing them here because once you find them out, and in my experience it wasn’t too hard or long, they’re easy to beat. I shut them down 36-0 with the Saints (I’ll get to them later), but let’s get on. Rathman and Craig were very good RBs, and their WRs (including legendary Jerry Rice) were great as well. Their D was OK, but it isn’t that great IMO. Other than that, a pretty good team, Montana is a very great QB in the game.

    Honorable mention:
    1. Detroit Lions – They had Barry Sanders, and some other good WRs, but that’s about it. A somewhat above average team.

    2. New Orleans Saints – Underrated team. They had some pretty good RBs, and Steve Walsh, who was also pretty good as well.

    3. Atlanta Falcons – Same as the Saints, and Miller could be a very good running weapon as well.

    Worst team in the game is probably the Colts, Seahawks, and (ironically) the Patriots. It’s amazing that the pre-Brady and Bledsoe Patriots were so bad.

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  16. 2nd Floor Washington January 7, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    You all are a bunch of non innovative posers. The best team in Tecmo, without question, was the New England Patriots. Marv Cook and Eric Sievers in the backfield. Marvin Allen running deep posts and in cuts. UNSTOPPABLE. The Seahawks with Paul Skansi and Tommy Kane a close second.


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