Farewell, Tecmo Super Bowl
I try to stay away from my dork hobbies (video games, comic books, love of Star Wars) around here, but Tecmo Super Bowl deserves a few words. NFL punter Jeff Feagles retired on Friday. Feagles was the last active player originally featured in 1991’s Tecmo Super Bowl. Unfortunately, his retirement closes the door on one of the most entertaining video games ever made.
Tecmo Super Bowl is the greatest sports game of all time. Madden addicts would probably argue with that statement, but Madden is just too complicated. You need a graduate degree to figure that shit out (and apparently not the grad degree I have). Try to play Madden for the first time against someone who knows what they are doing and you will lose. But Tecmo Super Bowl was simple. It had eight plays and two buttons. Anyone can handle that. Pick a play, run in zig-zag motion until tackled (unless you are using Bo Jackson, in which case you will never be tackled-just watch this), repeat. You can finish an entire season in the time it takes to choose a play in Madden. Sure, Madden is more realistic, has better graphics, and requires more skill, but who gives a shit. Tecmo Super Bowl is still more fun. It just is.
Somewhere, there are stoned/drunk/both college kids sitting around playing this game right now, 19 years after it originally came out. They may have no context for why Bo Jackson is unstoppable or why Lawrence Taylor is twice as fast as every player on the field. They probably laugh at the ridiculousness of
only having 9 players per teams having the ability to kick a field goal from your own 30 yard line. But despite all of this, they still play, and they sure as shit still have fun. That is why Tecmo Super Bowl will forever hold the crown of greatest sports game of all time.