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John Madden Football

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Buy on Apple II
Buy on Commodore 64
Buy on DOS

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Old american football simulation co-designed by famous sportscaster John Madden. The first game in EA's long-running Madden series. Different versions of this game have been available on almost every platform - with the Mega Drive version being the most famous of them all. The game concentrates more on tactics than pure action.

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Credits (DOS version)

11 People (10 developers, 1 thanks)

IBM Programming
Software Programming
Package Design
Cover Photography
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Before John Madden was requested to be the game’s endorser, Trip Hawkins (founder of EA) had two other candidates - quarterback Joe Montana and coach Joe Kapp. Joe Montana declined as he already made a deal with Atari (which never seemingly happened), while Joe Kapp demanded too many royalties EA couldn’t provide.

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John Madden Football II
Released 1991 on DOS
John Madden Football '92
Released 1991 on SNES, Genesis
John Madden Football '93
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John Madden Duo CD Football
Released 1993 on TurboGrafx CD
Madden Football 64
Released 1997 on Nintendo 64
Madden NFL Football
Released 2011 on Nintendo 3DS
John Barnes European Football
Released 1992 on Amiga, Atari ST, 1994 on Amiga CD32

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  • MobyGames ID: 3389


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Brolin Empey.

Apple II, Commodore 64 added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: Rik Hideto, ZeTomes, DillyDylan.

Game added February 24th, 2001. Last modified April 19th, 2023.