Tags: 2002 Games of the Year, High Heat Baseball 2003, Madden NFL 2003, NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona, NBA Live 2003, NCAA College Basketball 2k3, NCAA Football 2003, NHL 2k3, sports video games, ThatSportsgamer.com, video games, WWE Smackdown! Shut Your Mouth
Prior to announcing their 2012 sports video game awards, I joined a special ThatSportsGamer Show podcast to talk about the best sports games from a decade earlier. Relive a time where there were at least six baseball games released in one calendar year, as well as multiple wrestling and basketball games. We each talked about two honorable mention picks and then listed our top 3 games of 2002 before crowning the 2002 Sports Game of the Year.
Tags: Angry Video Game Nerd, Atari 2600, Atari Sports, Atari sports games, Retro Gaming, Super Challenge Baseball, Super Challenge Football, video games
I’ve noted previously that some of my first video game memories are playing Super Challenge Baseball and Super Challenge Football on the Atari 2600 at my grandparent’s house. The Atari 2600 was littered with sports games, with results ranging from horrible to “decent”. I’m a fan of James Rolfe’s work as the Angry Video Game Nerd after first stumbling upon his videos in the spring of 2011 (Yes, late to the party). This is his first look at sports games and what better place to start than early Atari games? His satire is always funny and the underlying message he talks about at the end absolutely rings true. I do have to point out that you can take control of other fielders in Super Challenge Baseball. I need to bust that one out and remember how!
Tags: Capcom, Capcom's Gold Medal Challenge, Capcom's Soccer Shootout, Mega Man Soccer, MVP Football, NES, Retro Gaming, Saturday Night Slam Masters, Sega Genesis, SNES, Sports games, video games
Capcom’s legacy in the video game industry will forever be linked to popular series like Mega Man, Street Fighter and Resident Evil. The publishing giant was a top third-party contributor going back to the 8-bit era and their titles have graced almost every video game console. Capcom has tackled multiple genres along the way, demonstrating a mastery in platformers, fighting games and role-playing games. Booming after a successful run on the NES, Capcom turned its eyes to sports games on home consoles for the first time in 1992. How did things turn out? Here are the stories of the five sports games Capcom released over three years in the 1990s.
Tags: Kirby, Kirby mini-golf, Kirby sports games, Kirby's Dream Course, Retro Gaming, SNES, Sports games, Super Nintendo, video games
Nintendo recently celebrated 20 years of Kirby adventures with a Wii compilation that features his main conquests through Dream Land. Kirby’s gaming catalog extends far past his canonical platformers and these ancillary games could fill their own compilation disc. He’s been the headliner in multiple puzzle games, a pinball title and a Breakout-style block-busting game. Kirby has had a racing spin-off and has dueled with his Nintendo peers in the Super Smash Bros. series. Even though Kirby has clearly been able to handle yielding a sword or spear in his own games, he has never been invited to one of Mario’s golf or tennis outings. Despite his multi-genre flexibility, the pink puffball has only had one appearance in a sports-themed game. When King Dedede stole all the stars in Dream Land, Kirby shook off his non-sporty stereotype to do mini-golf battle in Kirby’s Dream Course for the Super Nintendo.
Tags: All-Time Video Games, best video game lists, Madden '95, NBA Jam, Punch-out!!, Retro Gaming, Sports games, Tecmo Bowl, TIME All-Time 100 Video Games, video games, Wii Sports
All-time lists are always subjective but at times can be purposefully confrontational or downright lacking in thoroughness. The TIME tech staff that put together their list did an amazing job and I absolutely recommend reading their work. You can never please everyone with these type of lists but there is a terrific blend of appealing to both casual and hardcore gamers with their selections. How did the sports genre fare?
Tags: Attitude Era, EA and UFC Games, FIFA 13 sales, NCAA 13 Uniform DLC, NHL 13 Roster Update, Playstation 3, Pro Wrestling X Kickstarter, Retro Gaming, ThatSportsgamer.com, video game podcasts, video games, Wrestling Video Games, WWE, WWE '13
I’m really enjoying WWE ’13, especially the ability to replay storylines from the Attitude Era. If you liked wrestling from 1997 to 2000, this feature is what you’ve been waiting for since WWF No Mercy on the Nintendo 64. Keep your eye out for great sales this holiday season to pick the game up at a discount (we’re playing on PS3). Then you can use that saved money to purchase the Fan Axxess pass for all the game’s DLC plus much more.
Tags: Bo Jackson, Bo Jackson Tecmo Super Bowl, Dusty Diamond's All-Star Softball, Ice Hockey, John Madden ambulance, John Madden Football '92, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out TKO, Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, NES, Nintendo, Nintendo Legend, retro game videos, Retro Sports Gaming, Sega Genesis, Sports games, Tecmo Bowl, video games, YouTube sports game videos
There are a lot of great retro sports game videos on YouTube and across the internet. We highlighted the excellent Polygon mash-up A Brief History of Sports Games recently and it prompted me to explore the medium further for our readers. Our newest feature, the Wide World of Retro Sports Game Videos, gathers five videos all in one place for your viewing pleasure. We’ll look to share sports game highlights, reviews, mash-ups, and more. If it is retro sports-themed, then it belongs on Retro Sports Gamer World. Volume One features one of the most popular sports game videos of all-time, an ambulance montage from John Madden Football ’92, crazy defensive plays from a softball game, the fastest “tool assisted” fingers to ever face Mike Tyson, and a “Lets Play” review of the classic NES game Ice Hockey.
Bo Jackson goes crazy in Tecmo Super Bowl
If you ever needed to show someone proof of Bo Jackson’s power in Tecmo Super Bowl, witness the hapless New England Patriots chasing him around for an entire quarter before he finally completes a 99-yard touchdown run. I would love to know how many takes this video took to complete as there are some really close calls. Bo knows YouTube views. This video has surpassed an audience of 1.25 million.
Tags: Bo Jackson, NES, Nintendo, Retro Gaming, Sports games, Tecmo Bowl, Tecmo Super Bowl, Tecmo Super Bowl 2013, Tecmo Super Bowl hacks, Tecmo Super Bowl roms, Tecmobowl.org, TSB 2013, video games
Tecmo Super Bowl. I would like to channel John Facenda’s stoic voiceover of “The Autumn Wind” while I wax nostalgic about one of the greatest sports games ever. There was the joy at finding a copy at the video store to rent with a buddy for the weekend, followed by hours of play, eyes bleeding from a lack of sleep when my parents would pick me up for church the next day. There were the stories a friend would tell over lunch after staying home sick from school the day prior to play through another season. The game had every NFL team with real players and a complete regular season mode. These were dreams coming true for sports gamers in 1991. And if you didn’t witness Bo Jackson with your own NES controller, you’ve probably seen him in YouTube videos racing around defenders or on someone’s list of the greatest video game characters of all-time. How do you recapture this video game magic of decades past? With hard work, passion, and a dedicated community, the team from Tecmobowl.org keeps Tecmo Super Bowl alive with an updated game each year. Here is the story of Tecmo Super Bowl 2013.
Continue Reading Behind the Scenes with Tecmo Super Bowl 2013…
Tags: EA Hockey, EA Sports, hockey games, Mega Drive, NHL 13, NHL 95, NHL Hockey, NHL hockey infographic, Retro Gaming, SEGA, Sega Genesis, Sports games, video games
With NHL 13 now released, EA’s NHL Hockey series has amassed 22 titles since debuting in 1991 (23 when you include EA Hockey). Justin Bourne at http://www.thescore.com blogged an awesome infographic highlighting different pieces of trivia about the series. The tidbit about NHL Hockey debuting on the Mega Drive is technically incorrect (was released on the Genesis in North America only but would work on the Mega Drive) but that’s just nit-picking. Seeing all the covers next to each other brings back a lot of memories. Did you know that NHL 95 had 24 players with a rating of 100? And if you were ever curious about the geographical background of all the cover athletes, well, this infographic is for you.
Continue Reading EA’s NHL Hockey Series Through the Years – Infographic…
Tags: Atari 2600 sports games, Brief history of sports games, Polygon, Retro Gaming, Reverse Enginears, sports gaming, video games
I thought the work here by Reverse Enginears (Yes, “ears” – get it?) was great. Loved seeing some of the old 2600 games I played growing up and how about the brief inclusion of 2 on 2 Open Ice Challenge? Totally random. For the record, I do not classify Excitebike or R.C. Pro-Am as sports games.
Here’s the full link to see the video at Polygon also: