Tecmo Bowl kicking off on Wii

Developer's classic arcade-style gridiron game arriving for Nintendo's console in 2009; DS edition slated for September.

While Splatterhouse may not have tickled reviewers' fancies when it was released on Nintendo's Virtual Console last March, Tecmo Bowl, which surfaced on the hardware maker's online portal just one week prior, proved to have some legs. With the Nintendo DS version of the classic remake announced earlier this month, Tecmo has said Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff will also arrive on the Wii.

Details on Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff on the Wii are slim, with the developer merely stating at a media event this week that the game will arrive sometime in 2009. The publisher did drop details on the DS edition of the game, however. With Electronic Arts having the official National Football League license wrapped up, Tecmo said the game would feature a generic 32-team roster. However, those teams will feature extensive customization options, where players can tweak club names, color schemes, logos, playbooks, and player names and stats.

The look of Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff on the DS will hearken back to the 8- and 16-bit console days, though the game's hallmark celebratory cutscenes have been given a graphical overhaul. The DS version of the game will also include local and online multiplayer matches.

With the Wii version of Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff slated for 2009, Tecmo narrowed the DS game's release window to this September. GameSpot's freshly minted preview has a more in-depth look at Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff on the DS.

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brettak81
brettak81

god i love startin seasons in super tecmo!

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

this is awsome, i use to play this when i was a kid. but why oh why does it have to be a wii exclusive. its good to see something other then madden in the mix. lets hope this one sticks around with many sequels. OH YA BROTHER!

sandshark8
sandshark8

Cool, something different for a change

ninjaroach81
ninjaroach81

Greatest..... Football Game.... EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing better than sacking the QB in a half-second, 11-man dogpile!

sieg6529
sieg6529

DOWN SET HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT HUT

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

No doubt PS3 fans will try to down play the significants of another Wii exclusive

kos1085
kos1085

I think I will pass on this one

MonkishGamer
MonkishGamer

Not a football game fan, but an arcade-y style football game would be nice.

skemaal
skemaal

Happy that the Tecmo Bowl franchise is making a comeback. Will be a nice change. Would be nice to have some new franchises to for Hockey Games.

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

First they offer me a portable version, and now a console version too? Yes, yes, and yes.

kbaily
kbaily

Nice to see another football franchise trying to get itself out there to compete against the cash cow Madden, it's just too bad they can't get the NFL liscence.

MoonMarvel
MoonMarvel

Pyro77 I still throw those in Madden! :) But I do remember playing this game to death before school everyday!

Pyro77
Pyro77

Who remembers throwing those 95 yard touchdown passes? Good times and good memories =).

V-Nine
V-Nine

...now if they could get Tecmo wrestling out there (the old and maybe a new one)...

Karmacodelc18
Karmacodelc18

Ugh...2009 is too long to wait for this AND Resident Evil 5. wtf Splatterhouse got bad reviews my arse thats a classic. -looks to the TV news thing- HBO has a WHAT? Polygamist show? OMFG....somebody must die now this cannot see the light of day!!

nickatnyt
nickatnyt

loved super tecmo bowl i remember guessing the right play on D and the whole team crashing through the line haha ...red 3-2 red...red 3-2 hut hut hut hut hut hut hut hut hut ...classic

AZisBack
AZisBack

I'm stoked it is coming out on Wii as well. I don't see myself playing my DS non stop for this. Hopefully they have wide screen support for the Wii version.

ShadowTheHHFan
ShadowTheHHFan

Tecmo superbowl for the NES was one of my most favorite games ever.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

I remember my first football game, Tecmo Superbowl 94' for the Snes ... i miss being able to hail marry from one in-zone to the other... good old times :D

LooseChangepor
LooseChangepor

I'll be getting this game for sure. The original Tecmo Bowl didn't have the names of real NFL teams; but if we can edit the players names, that would be great It had the names, just not the team nicknames, it didnt have all the teams tho, Tecmo Super bowl tho was the 1st football game with all the teams,names and had a full season.

mustained13
mustained13

I'll be getting this game for sure. The original Tecmo Bowl didn't have the names of real NFL teams; but if we can edit the players names, that would be great.

nate1222
nate1222

I loved the Tecmo Bowl games on NES and SNES. I'm definately getting the DS version. I'll get the Wii version when I can actually get a Wii; probably 6 months from now.

hunter8man
hunter8man

I still have Tecmo Super Bowl and I play it regularly. It is quite possibly the most fun football game ever made with NFL Blitz coming in a close second. If this version is anywhere near as good as that one, then I'll be purchasing it. Wish it could have the NFL license though.

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

Just when I thought that there wasn't a game in existence to justify the purchase of a Wii... If they retain the same feel as the classic Tecmo Bowls then I will seriously have to consider it.

DanieltheDead
DanieltheDead

Bad Ass! Tecmo Super Bowl = best football game EVER

blackie8
blackie8

cant wait for this love tecmo bowl and this is a chance to make a comeback

umd1998
umd1998

if they include an emulation of the greatest game ever made - tecmo super bowl - i'll buy this game the day it comes out no matter what the reviews say

favre4thewin
favre4thewin

This is great for FB fans. I know my friends and I will be editing the classic 1991 tecmo superbowl rosters back with Bo Jackson, QB Eagles (Randall Cunningham), Lawerence Taylor and Mike Singletary. I am going to go out on a limb and say that this will be the best FB game released in that year.

Rayze78
Rayze78

Sounds great. I'm not too concerned about team names, etc. It says you can edit the team names and player names. Just edit the names to pro names or whatever you want. I think its good in a way. With Madden, the game is obsolete after 1 year (to an extent) because of the rosters. So now you can update the roster yourself. You can also use curse words for the names, like we used to do on Waialae golf or Ken Griffey Jr baseball. Ha.

gameweasl
gameweasl

I don't play to play with the rosters, I play to play with my team. So it may be cool for a sec. but it sucks that the NFL wants exclusivity...

Dualmask
Dualmask

I generally hate sports games...but even I loved playing Tecmo Bowl and Tecmo Super Bowl. Sure, they were horribly unrealistic, but that's what made them so much fun. Since I don't follow the NFL anyway, I couldn't care less about rosters...might be worth looking into.

Maxor127
Maxor127

Rosters are overrated. If it includes a good player maker or incorporates Miis, then that will be better. I usually make my own players in sports games anyways, and then ball hog with them.

coolman437
coolman437

long as the ENDZONE to ENDZONE pass still works then i'll get it lol

echoB
echoB

tecmo superbowl was one of the all time greatest games ever made. The lack of real rosters is going to hurt. I hope this can come close to it's predecessors.

xXxSoCalxXx1234
xXxSoCalxXx1234

dude i loved tecmo bowl back in the day...even though i was only like 4....

brudmike7
brudmike7

I think this game will be a lot of fun. However, I was really looking forward to playing the original Tecmo Super Bowl on the virtual console, with others in online matches. It will be disappointing not being able to have the original teams and players . There is nothing quite like a Montana to Rice end zone to end zone pass or a Bo Jackson 100 yard run.

tomservo51
tomservo51

This game is perfect for the DS!

Willy105
Willy105

I think this is a good thing!