Tecmo Super Bowl is the follow-up to the NES football arcade/simulation Tecmo Bowl. While the basic gameplay of the original is intact, a host of new features and improvements have been added.
Features include: 28 real NFL teams/mascots with real NFL players (circa 1991), 11 players on the field per team, player substitutions, fumbles, improved control over kicks and punts, eight plays to choose from during games, customizable playbooks, arcade/coach/computer simulation options for one or two players, pre-season/regular season/Pro-Bowl games, regular season team standings and rankings, regular season player statistics and rankings, end-of-game boxscores, and a 12-team playoff following the NFL format.
The NES version of Tecmo Super Bowl appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Interestingly enough Tecmo actually reused the photograph of this game's cover for the flyer of the Japanese arcade release of Midway'sSuper High Impact. This flyer also uses artwork from the flyer of an earlier Tecmo arcade game, All American Football.
In May 2010, the last active player from the game's 1991 roster, Jeff Feagles (a punter for the New York Giants), retired at the age of 44. Prior to Feagles retiring, the previous 2009 NFL season began with three Tecmo Super Bowl players still active on an NFL roster: Feagles, John Carney of the New Orleans Saints, and linebacker Junior Seau of the New England Patriots.