Tecmo Bowl First Look

Heads up, football fans: Tecmo Bowl is due for a return to the gridiron.

TOKYO--Here's a teaser for you, sports fans: Tecmo Bowl is coming back, and not as a port. That's the admittedly thrilling news coming from Tecmo's Tokyo press event; unfortunately, that's about all the news we know about the game at this point. Tecmo's John Inada gave the briefest of presentations during today's press conference showing a funny, if all too short, video teaser for the game that unfortunately included no footage or hard details about it. Still, it was amusing.

Evoking the memories of the old Tecmo Bowl series, the video showed a mullet-wigged football fan (complete with Guns 'N' Roses T-shirt) grabbing a few sodas, popping some popcorn, and hitting the couch to--what else?--play Tecmo Bowl. From there, we saw the familiar Tecmo Bowl logo.

The announcement of such a legendary title brings up far more questions than we have answers for at this point, but here's what we know: Tecmo has not given any word on which platform(s) this game will be released on, but has emphatically stated that this will not be a port of the older games. To this point, Tecmo general manager John Inada gave the slightest of clues to the assembled crowd of press--saying that the game was "not going to be on the platform that you're thinking of right now." So, how's that for a hint?

Of course, there's tons more that we want to know about Tecmo Bowl--namely, how the team behind the game will be dealing with the lack of an NFL license (which currently belongs to EA), as well as mechanics, graphics, multiplayer, and so much more. At this point, though, we'd just be happy to see a screenshot, and we hope to get a better idea of the game in the coming months.

Tecmo Bowl is currently slated for release in 2008 and we'll be keeping a close eye on this game's progress.

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58 comments
tizzomr
tizzomr

All they need to do, is to make a roster share feature, as well as logo editors like in the DS version, and this will be IT!

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

monnyb...tecmo bowl on the nes didn't but super tecmo bowl games on snes did have an nfl license. but like i said...if it's a fun game more than a full on sim i wouldn't mind some fake teams and crazy names as long as it's fun and keeps the classic tecmo bowl appeal.

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

amen to what jjdomo said! you think that EA Facebreaker will be any good? i think i might wait for Fight Night Rd 4.

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

you know...i would rather an updated but still side-scrolling classic camera Tecmo Bowl. i don't need another full on football sim. Tecmo in 3D from behind the QB view would just be a new football game i don't want or need. but a classic fun/simple/classic camera Tecmo Bowl with updated graphics, features and gameplay elements would be THE $#!T!

jjdomo
jjdomo

all we need now is a new punch out and we'll be all set

monnyb
monnyb

tecmobowl had no nfl licence,but it did have the player names. not many people know that there were two versions that came out for the nes. one had erick dickerson on the colts and one had albert bentley at runningback.

oldschoolplayer
oldschoolplayer

Well I dont see this as a working title for my 360. Although the show and hots shots golf almost pushed me to get a PS3 if this game is good then I will be getting a PS3. I will simply have no choice I love tecmo bowl

oldschoolplayer
oldschoolplayer

BRing it on. I still play Tecmo Bowl III for my SNES. Its a gem. I am glad they are finally remakng this classic on a next gen system

tait007
tait007

This is so cool. I too have Tecmo Bowl on VC and love it. I had all the other versions, too. Can't wait.

Scubei
Scubei

this will sell a lot to old school guys like myself....

mars188
mars188

thanks EA tecmo without the NFL that hurts. thanks EA just one more thing that i wont buy EA sports games, go pro football 2k8

ArkansasBoy91
ArkansasBoy91

i loved tecmo bowl onnes.. i will sooo buy this

theKSMM
theKSMM

High-definition TECMO....mmmm.

ocdog45
ocdog45

OMG!!!! dammmmmmm!!!!! one of the best games ever

DSJAM
DSJAM

I loved the old Tecmo Bowl! In fact I downloaded the original for Virtual console and am having a blast. I hope this new one keeps the feel of the old ones, but with a little more depth for single player and please no passwords. LOL. I'm wondering if sales on the VC had anything to do with this decision. In a perfect world for me it would be on DS and have wi-fi connection support.

BluR930
BluR930

$10 it's on the DS or it comes out for cellphones. DS would be a perfect system for it.

Snaykeyez
Snaykeyez

I still play Tecmo Bowl and Super Tecmo Bowl. Grew up on them and recently blew the dust off them and fired them up. This sounds awesome, but with no NFL Liscense I have little interest. Lets thank the EA monopoly!

mikado01
mikado01

This is certainly proof that there is some kind of God up there lol :D

westsidejedi360
westsidejedi360

This vs. Madden vs. Blitz vs. APF 2K8. Who will win?

SlamminSammy
SlamminSammy

Who's willing to bet, that this will be better than Madden 08? I'm sure it will blow it outta the friggen universe presentation wise. SAD!

lord_cack
lord_cack

Well to those talking about liscensing the original "Tecmo Bowl" didn't have the real NFL teams. "Super Tecmo Bowl" on the other hand did. Know your history. It also only had twelve teams.

thekey
thekey

Well I'll tell you what if this comes out and doesn't have the NFL teams and players that the original has, then this won't be the TECMO BOWL that every one remembers. It will be a half game! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

Funkyhamster
Funkyhamster

...Why does it say this is on the Wii and PS3 if they have no clue which platform it's for?

akuya32
akuya32

Wow is all I can say. It took them long enough.......

rudyroundhead
rudyroundhead

Sweet! need to practice up on my run in a circle technique to avoid tacklers. :lol:

pmase14
pmase14

I am not as optimistic about a new Tecmo Bowl game as most people seem to be. With no NFL liscense to utilize, and the evolution of video games since the days of the orignal Tecmo Bowls, I'm not sre It'll be a worthwhile game. Playing the old games on XBox Live or on the Wii would be great, but a new game that looks and plays similarily to the older versions would probably be out-dated. And a "updated" football simulator that emulates EA or 2K Sports entries just wouldn't be the Tecmo Bowl that we all know and love, now would it?

bsdgeek
bsdgeek

This is certainly some great news I was messing with Tecmo Super Bowl III the other day and thinking they should get this game on today's consoles. Sweet!

FREEKENERD
FREEKENERD

Madden has been a little long in the tooth, so maybe Tecmo can pick up the slack.

holyninja
holyninja

I hope that they really do their homework on this one....if they get this right, this next-gen Tecmo Bowl could shut down the Madden franchise, and rule for years to come. We, the hidden tecmobowl warriors have awaited your return, mighty king, hail TecmoBowl, LORD OF ALL FOOTBALL GAMES......

FiveFist
FiveFist

@ Kavadias1981 how old are you?

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

I think Tecmo Bowl would be ideal on a handheld platform like the DS or PSP since it's not supposed to be realistic graphically. But as long as it plays like NES Tecmo Super Bowl, I will be ecstatic regardless.

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

This is the best news ever!!! I still play Tecmo Super Bowl from time to time and have been clamoring for a new version. Sometimes it is nice to play a game that doesn't require 10 buttons. A game that is simple to play but very fun. Hopefully this update will be that way.

AZisBack
AZisBack

The best game ever made was Super Tecmo Bowl for NES! Please don't stray to far from it.

TALISMANJ
TALISMANJ

The SNES versions sucked in comparison to the Super Tecmo Bowl (1991) for the NES. Hopefully, Tecmo does to the Tecmo Bowl franchise what it did to the Ninja Gaiden franchise. PS3 or 360. Please no Wii.

westsidejedi360
westsidejedi360

if it hasn't been anounced for any platform's, how come it's listed for PS3 and Wii?

IndieRock13
IndieRock13

Umm... the original Tecmo Bowl didn't have an NFL license and it was an amazing classic game. The NFL was no less prominent then so why would it be any different now? It's not a realistic game so what's the point of even having the NFL license? Weirdos...

grimhope
grimhope

Who Really Cares???? I mean im as big of a fan of the old tecmo bowls as anyone but without the NFL license, WHATS THE POINT?????

ZennyX
ZennyX

Down set ................yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!

MarioLookalike
MarioLookalike

GUESS WHO'S BAAAAAAACK! YEEEEEEES!!!!!! Oh man I can't wait, Tecmo Bowl is the best sports game ever (in my opinion) I will be keeping a close eye on this as well, probably more than Gamespot.