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John Madden Football

aka: John Madden American Football


Unlike the first computer versions, this game originated on consoles and focuses on the action on the field instead of detailed strategy. There is still a detailed range of moves available, all grouped for quick selection.

Game play modes include regular season, playoffs and sudden death. The game features 16 regular teams plus one All-Madden team, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Play actions include selecting a pass recipient as a play unfolds, block tackles, dives and sackings. Different weather conditions come into play when it's wet, snowy or muddy.

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Credits (Genesis version)

19 People (17 developers, 2 thanks)

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  • Park Place Production Team
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Music by
Sound by
Production Assistance by
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1001 Video Games

The Mega Drive version of John Madden Football appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • November 1997 (Issue 100) - ranked #9 (Titles That Revolutionized Console Gaming) (Genesis version)
  • EMAP Image's Golden Joystick 1991
    • April 1991: Best console game - 16 Bit
  • InDin (INdustry DINner - a gathering of UK industry people)
    • 1990 - voted as Videogame of the Year (Genesis version)
  • The Strong National Museum of Play
    • 2018 – Inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame

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Released 1997 on Nintendo 64
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Madden 95
Released 1994 on Game Boy
Madden 97
Released 1996 on Game Boy
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Released 2001 on PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube

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  • MobyGames ID: 11466


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: Alaka, Martin Smith, Jo ST, FatherJack, SoMuchChaotix.

Game added December 30th, 2003. Last modified April 19th, 2023.