John Madden Football (1990)

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John Madden Football
John Madden Football
Cover art
Developer(s) Park Place Productions
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Imagineer (SFC)
Composer(s) Rob Hubbard
Series Madden NFL
Platform(s) Sega Genesis, SNES/Super Famciom, Amiga
Release date(s) Sega Genesis Version
Super Nintendo Version
  • JP January 17, 1992
  • NA November 1991
Genre(s) Traditional football simulation
Mode(s) Single-player

John Madden Football is a football video game, the second Madden football game released by Electronic Arts.


Its features include various field conditions, audibles, and password-saved games. For the first time in a football video game, the game is played from above and behind the quarterback rather than from the side. However, as in the previous version, no actual NFL teams are included due to the lack of NFL or NFLPA licenses for authentic teams or player names. It is the series debut on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the only Madden game released for the Amiga.

During the first initial release (1990) on a console, which was on the Sega Genesis platform, only a total of 16 teams were available to choose from. Each of these teams were based unofficially on teams from the 1990 NFL season. The following cities and team colors chosen were Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Oilers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers. An All-Madden team was included as a bonus.

Madden was very popular and became a killer app for the Genesis, helping the console gain market share against the NES.[1][2] Computer and Video Games awarded the Mega Drive version 95%, praising the realism and the sound.[3]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Hruby, Patrick (2010-08-05). "The Franchise". ESPN. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Fahs, Travis (2008-08-06). "IGN Presents the History of Madden". IGN. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  3. ^