The NFL arcade game originally developed by Tecmo in 1987 and ported to the NES in 1989 is expected to arrive soon on the Virtual Console in PAL regions after it was recently rated by the Australian Classification Board. This will be the first time Tecmo Bowl has been released in this region as a digital offering and follows the Virtual Console title’s 2013 US debut on the 3DS eShop.
The NES iteration of Tecmo Bowl was well-received and eclipsed the popularity of its arcade counterpart. It is also the first console game to include real NFL players. The most recent Virtual Console release on the 3DS follows the original US digital launch on the Wii in 2007. Given the digital history of Tecmo Bowl, this latest classification could be for either of Nintendo's systems.
If you are located in a PAL region, let us know in the comments if you’re excited for the Virtual Console release of Tecmo Bowl.
It's weird to call it football when most of the time it's running.
Pal region yes,
@KirbyKirbyKirby Actually most of the time it's commercial breaks
And the VC was on such a great streak to be ruined by realistic sports
Where's the Radiant Dawn digital Wii release, NoE?
@Grumblevolcano - Tecmo Bowl isn't very realistic
Too bad we will never get the much better Tecmo Super Bowl or Super Tecmo Bowl
@Grumblevolcano : Tecmo Bowl is pure arcade goodness, not realistic in many respects (nothing like Madden). Bested only by Tecmo Super Bowl, but this one has Bo Jackson in his most dominant 8-bit form.
I think there was a reason why they didn't release it in the PAL region to begin with which if anything is only more appropriate today.
Could we just have Out Run now please 😡
Say Tecmo, erm don't forget you still owe us Wii U owners Ninja Gaiden 2 and 3. Just saying....
One of the best American football games.
ITT: a bunch of whiny Euro nerds who don't know anything about real football.
NintendoLife is remiss to not mention that the VC releases of this undisputed classic take much of the fun out by not including the player's names, supposedly thanks to EA's monopoly on the NFL video game license.
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