NES Play Action Football

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NES Play Action Football
NES Play Action Football
Box art of NES Play Action Football
Developer(s) TOSE[1]
Publisher(s) Nintendo[2]
Platform(s) NES, Game Boy, Virtual Console
Release date(s) NES
  • NA September 10, 2007
Genre(s) Traditional football simulation[2]
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution NES and Game Boy: Cartridge
Virtual Console: Download

NES Play Action Football is a football video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was developed by TOSE,[1] published by Nintendo, and was released in 1990. The game was also ported to the Game Boy as Play Action Football, and received a follow up on the Super Nintendo, Super Play Action Football, in 1992. On September 10, 2007, the game was re-released on the Wii's Virtual Console in North America, and was a Club Nintendo bonus download from August 19 to September 2, 2012.


NES Play Action Football allowed players to choose from eight teams from various cities. The game does not feature the actual names of each NFL team, only the city. However, each team featured all the actual players that were currently playing the corresponding NFL team during the 1989 NFL season: the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Houston Oilers, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins.

The game used an isometric view, presenting the game at an angle to make it appear 3-D, and the game allowed a very large number of moving objects (all the players) to be on screen at the same time.

Another feature was the use of primitive digitized voices for such actions as "Touchdown!" or "First down!" and "Ready! Set! Hut, hut.." before the play begins. At the end of each game, Nintendo Power mascot character Nester appears as a commentator, announcing who wins and who loses.

The game was one of only several games that supported the NES Satellite four controller adapter. To allow team mates to select plays without showing the competitors, it included a NES Play Action Football 4 player play card. The team mates could point to the plays they were going to pick on the card, and then enter the combination on-screen without the opposition knowing.


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