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Joe Montana Football for the Genesis is an action-oriented football game starring Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49'ers. Play a single game, a 2-minute drill or try to win the SEGA Bowl. Play against a friend or against the computer.

Both on the offensive end as well as on the defensive end there are 24 predefined plays for you to choose from (you can't create your own). If you don't know which play is appropriate you can always choose "Joe's Play" - a hint for inexperienced coaches. The nature of the gameplay is very "arcade-like". The game doesn't have GM functions, players statistics, player attributes, substitutions or any other coaching options. Just choose your scheme and execute it.

On the defensive side you can control any player you want, on the attack you control either the quarterback, a receiver, a running back or the kicker.

The game doesn't have a NFL license, so you'll play against Detroit or Chicago instead of the Detroit Lions & the Chicago Bears. Joe Montana is the only NFL player (actually he's the only one with a name).


Joe Montana Football Genesis Joe welcomes you to the game
Joe Montana Football Genesis Use the passing window to direct your pass
Joe Montana Football Genesis Touchdown!
Joe Montana Football Genesis The options menu

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Alternate Titles

  • "ジョー モンタナ フットボール" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A fun game for those new to American Football. Roedie (5252) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Génération 4 Apr, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Sega Does May 31, 2017 B+ 83 Nov 29, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) May, 1991 77 out of 100 77
Ação Games May, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 75
Mean Machines Apr, 1991 69 out of 100 69
Power Play May, 1991 69 out of 100 69
Video Games Jun, 1991 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1991 8 out of 12 67
The Video Game Critic Jan 20, 2000 D+ 33


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In the famous Genesis Does What Nintendon't commercial, screenshots and Joe Cool himself are featured. The gameplay for Joe Montana Football shown was different than the real Genesis version.

A blimp flies over the football stadium with Sega Genesis written across it. Then you see Joe Montana himself on the field pointing to you, saying "Does", wearing his Sega jersey with his #16 (ironically his game is 16-bit). It's the same scene in the game where he says "Great Play!", "Great Kick!", or "Great Catch!"

Joe Montana

At the time of this release, Joe Montana signed a 5 year contract with Sega to make sports games featuring him which lasted until 1994.


The game includes a voice sample of Joe Montana himself, at the title screen you'll here him say: "Welcome to Joe Montana Football".

Information also contributed by Robbb

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Martin Smith (66862) added Joe Montana Football (Genesis) on Feb 12, 2006