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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.


John Madden Football Genesis Lost the ball to the other team
John Madden Football Genesis Kick off
John Madden Football Genesis Title screen
John Madden Football Genesis Getting started...

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Alternate Titles

  • "John Madden American Football" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1991 95 out of 100 95
Mean Machines Dec, 1990 95 out of 100 95
Raze Feb, 1991 94 out of 100 94
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Feb, 1991 904 out of 1000 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Dec, 1990 36 out of 40 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1991 10.6 out of 12 88
Sega Does Apr 12, 2017 B+ 83
Power Play Jan, 1991 81 out of 100 81 Aug 09, 2010 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic Jan 04, 2000 C- 42


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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.


  • 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

Terok Nor (31681) added John Madden Football (Genesis) on Dec 27, 2003
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