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When all is said and done, it is the quality of the game that matters most and that is exactly what Tecmo delivers a gameplay feast for the mind and the trigger finger. A game that, while seemingly simple in nature, is full of depth, challenge and fun. They named it "Special Edition" for a reason the manufacturing run is limited and those that are at the store early to pay will play!
The Genesis version of Tecmo Super Bowl II is equal to it's SNES counterpart in every way. The graphics and sound show tremendous improvement over previous Tecmo product and, as always, Tecmo has provided the player with a well presented, detailed NFL simulation that has been written specifically for the toughest football critic and fan.
Add in the luster of all those name players and you have a football game that just makes the playoffs, though the new Madden NFL '95 would pound it in the first round.
Despite it's few flaws and lack of realism, Tecmo Super Bowl II - Special Edition is still a simple, fairly entertaining game. The game just doesn't belong on the same field as Madden '95, NFL Quarterback Club '95 or NFL '95.
This is a game that tries to become a more "grown up" looking game of football, but ends up in football limbo instead. Not sophisticated enough for sim addicts and too many cosmetic changes for the Tecmo faithful.
Yet despite all of these features, the game isn't as fun as the first. Somewhere along the way it lost its "soul." The heart of what made Tecmo Super Bowl great was the clean interface, simple but colorful graphics, and catchy arcade sound. Tecmo Super Bowl II moves in the right direction with more flexibility, yet it falls back a couple of notches with its weaker presentation and questionable enhancements. The menu screens, sound and field graphics have all taken a step backward. This is a title that tries to become a more "grown up" looking game of football, but ends up in football limbo instead. Not sophisticated enough for sim addicts and too many cosmetic changes for the Tecmo faithful.
So is it worth hunting down this rare Genesis sports title? Probably not. While it's a solid football game that won't disappoint, it offers very little that the easier-to-find successor doesn't. The only things you'll find in Special Edition that you won't in Final Edition is in game music and different cut scenes.