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The gameplay is easy to learn, and I love how tapping a button lets you to break tackles. Incomplete passes are always tipped into the air, but unfortunately you can't snag them. Exciting cut scenes accentuate diving catches, sacks, field goals, and celebrations. During field goals you get a terrific view of the ball passing through the uprights from a number of angles. In the proud tradition of the series, there's an entertaining halftime show with jumping cheerleaders and an air show. A battery backup saves your season mode and statistical data. If there's a flaw to be found with Tecmo Super Bowl, it lies in the audio. The obnoxious music is far less endearing than the quaint NES tunes, and the voice synthesis is awful. All in all, this is still the Tecmo Football you've always loved, although it's really no better than the old NES version.
To sum it all up Tecmo Super Bowl won't give the Madden games much competition. It's just not as deep and doesn't have all the options and customization that the aforemention game does. It would be nice to have special features such as weather conditions and the like. Is it still worth your time? You bet! This is a football game that you can easily get into without having to flip through a 40-page manual learing complex commands. There's still a lot of stats as well, so stat freaks should be satisfied. Plus it's faithful to the NES game, so if you enjoyed that version you'll easily get into its 16-bit cousin. Tecmo later released two sequels on the Genesis, but they messed with the gameplay to make it more 'realistic', and that ruined the series. Bottom line is if you're looking for a quick football fix, then Tecmo Super Bowl is the game for you.
Tecmo always delivers good sports products and this game is no exception. The plays come off rather well and it's control is good for a sports game. Visually, the players need to be a bit larger and more graphic detail could have helped out. Still, this upgrade for the 8-bit version plays well and is sure to give football fans something to keep them busy during the upcoming football season.
Football ist eine der kompliziertesten Sportarten, die es gibt. Um so wichtiger erscheint dann auch, daß der Spielverlauf für jedermann präzise nachvollziehbar dargestellt wird. Und gerade dies scheint in Tecmo Super Bowl völlig in die Binsen gegangen zu sein: Zwar kann man jeden einzelnen Spieler direkt ansteuern, aber es ist oft unmöglich, die Position des Balles klar auszumachen. Die Markierung des Ballträgers versickert gerne mal im wilden Auflauf der beiden Mannschaften. Da helfen auch keine Visual-Szenen, die nach Touchdowns oder First Downs als Vollbild eingeblendet werden. Die beste Alternative scheint mir doch der Coach-Modus zu sein, da hier das lästige Steuern entfällt. In puncto Benutzerfreundlichkeit haben die Entwickler bei Tecmo noch einiges nachzuholen.