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The main idea of this game is that players take control of a football team and have the task of trying to score a touchdown before the clock runs out.

Players start out as a high school team. Games consists of two halves. One touchdown must be scored before time runs out in each half or the game is lost. After a touchdown is scored, the half ends and the 2nd half of the game starts. If the player scores in both halves, they win the game, and then move on to the next level of difficulty. Difficulty levels after high school go from college, pro, then to super. The higher the difficulty, the less amount of time is given for a player to score a touchdown.

Since the game is concerned with scoring touchdowns, in the 1 player game the player is always on offense. Players can score points for completing passes and for gaining yards by either rushing or passing. Scoring a touchdown also adds to the players score, as does any remaining time on the clock after the touchdown is scored. Also after a touchdown, the player can add on to their score by kicking an extra point.

Other rules on the field include getting a 1st down to add time to the clock. If the player throws an interception or go four downs without getting a 1st down, they are penalized yards.

In a 2 player game, the second player plays defense until it's their turn to play offense.


10-Yard Fight NES Starting out by playing high school football
10-Yard Fight NES Ran out of time
10-Yard Fight NES Japanese Title screen
10-Yard Fight NES Returning the opening kick

Promo Images

10-Yard Fight Screenshot
10-Yard Fight Screenshot
10-Yard Fight Screenshot
10-Yard Fight Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Arcade Archives: 10-Yard Fight" -- Nintendo Switch / PlayStation 4 title
  • "10ヤードファイト" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Briefly enjoyable. NES tvail4 (5)

Critic Reviews

Just Games Retro NES Jul 04, 2003 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Retro Game Reviews NES Feb 08, 2017 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 40
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) NES May 19, 2013 3 out of 10 30
Retro4Ever NES Jul 29, 2013 3 out of 10 30 NES Jan, 2011 D 25
Sharkberg NES Dec 02, 2015 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
Game Freaks 365 NES Nov 03, 2007 1.6 out of 10 16
The Video Game Critic NES Nov 17, 2004 D- 16


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Cancelled Port

The game was also completed for the Commodore 64 for Elite, but not released.

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