Tecmo Super Bowl 2 SE

a game by Tecmo

Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis

Genre: Sports

See also:Football Games, Tecmo Games

  • Manufacturer: Tecmo

Standard features:

  • For one or two players
  • All 28 NFL teams
  • Real players, endorsed by NFLPA
  • Three year roster and schedule
  • Team, player stats and data
  • Weekly standings
  • You call the plays
  • Player substitutions
  • Tournament-style play
  • Create your own Pro Bowl
  • Weather factors, fair, rain or snow
  • New cinema screens
  • Speech and music
  • Dive play and touchbacks

Special edition features:

  • Player trades
  • Changeable defensive formations
  • Fake punt and fake field-goal plays
  • Quarterback audible
  • Auto schedule (updated every year based on previous year's record)
  • Twice as many offensive plays
  • More realistic sound
  • Larger simulation of field
  • More realistic simulation of players
  • Spinning, dragging action added for more realistic movement of players
  • Maximum record-keeping capability with back-up battery

Tecmo will be releasing Tecmo Super Bowl II: Special Edition just in time for Super Bowl XXIX. This is a Special Release and is available for a limited time only and in very, very limited quantifies. Don't miss your chance to have this limited release item. Reserve your copy now!

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There's no telling where sports games would be today if it wasn't for the 8-bit NES Tecmo Bowl. That product, along with R.B.I. Baseball, introduced an entire generation to the genre which has seen great success in recent years. Now the folks at Tecmo are reminiscing a bit with Tecmo Super Bowl II - Special Edition for SNES, a spiffier version of the last SNES game that incorporates new features and the latest NFL rosters. Unfortunately even with the nostalgia factor, the game is no match for the top gridiron titles on the SNES market.

First of all, Tecmo Super Bowl II - Special Edition is a difficult game to jump right into. Finding the play you want to run - and even understanding the play diagrams - can be quite confusing until you get your bearings. As in the earlier versions, plays are chosen with controller combinations such as Up and A or Right and B. The offense has access to two playbooks each with four running plays and four passing plays. While having only sixteen plays at your disposal may seem a bit limiting, plays can be replaced with others at any time and there are quite a few to choose from. The defense first chooses from four formations (goal line, normal, nickel, and dime), then attempts to select the play the offense chose from the offense's playbook.

Once both teams have made their selections (there's no play clock), the action moves to the horizontally aligned field. Defensive players have only until the snap of the ball to select the specific team member they want to control - once the ball's snapped there's no changing players! The tiny size of the sprites also makes it impossible to determine whether the quarterback handed the ball off or merely faked it, which can leave your sole human controlled player far away from the action.

On offense, the horizontal field adversely affects play in two ways -receivers run off screen where it's impossible to see if they're covered, and since the field doesn't scroll until a runner reaches that side of the screen, ball carriers are often suddenly tackled by defenders who wait just off-screen. Cycling through receivers one-by-one until you reach the intended one also frazzles your nerves as does the fact that hammering on the A button is the only way you can shake defenders.

The inclusion of trades, injuries, seasonal play, and a pro bowl game give this title some depth beyond game play and a two-player option allows you to find a challenge more formidable than the weak artificial intelligence of the computer. Despite its few design flaws and lack of realism, Tecmo Super Bowl II - Special Edition is still a simple, fairy entertaining game. This game just doesn't belong on the same field as Madden NFL '95, NFL Quarterback Club '95), or NFL '95.

  • Graphics: 7
  • Music & Sound: 8
  • Innovation: 7
  • Gameplay: 7
  • Replay Value: 7
  • Overall: 71%

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Tecmo Super Bowl 2 SE Downloads

Sega Genesis Tecmo Super Bowl 2 SE download
  • Manufacturer: Tecmo
  • Machine: SNES

This sports game is kinda like what this year's Super Bowl will be like - with TSBIISE playing the part of the San Diego Chargers. There are other SNES football games that just massacre this attempt at a sequel.

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