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Developer(s) Visual Concepts
Publisher(s) Sega Sports
Series NFL 2K
Platform(s) Dreamcast
Release date(s)
  • NA September 9, 1999
Genre(s) Football simulation

NFL 2K (also known as Sega Sports' NFL 2K) is the first installment of the NFL 2K series. The game, published by Sega Sports and developed by Visual Concepts, was released exclusively for the Dreamcast on its September 9, 1999 launch date in North America. As the foremost "2K" title, it marked the beginning of a running athletics series that eventually led to the spinning off of 2K's sports publishing business under the name of 2K Sports. The cover features Randy Moss of the Minnesota Vikings.


After Visual Concepts developed a version of Madden NFL '96, which was planned to be the first NFL game on the PlayStation,[1] the game was canceled as it did not meet EA's quality assurance standards.[2][3][4] Visual Concepts would later develop NFL 2K to address EA Sports's decision not to publish games, including the Madden NFL series, for the Dreamcast. NFL 2K was the first football game released for a 6th generation console.


All 31 NFL teams (including the returning Cleveland Browns), alumni teams, and All-Pro teams for the AFC, NFC, and NFL are included in the game. Rosters reflect the 1999 NFL season. Game modes featured in the game include Exhibition, Seasons, Playoffs, Practice, and customization modes. The commentary is by the fictional Dan Stevens (Terry McGovern) and Peter O'Keefe (Jay Styne), with occasional sideline reports from the fictional Michelle Westphal (Marcia Perry).


The game received positive reception upon release, with praises for its presentation, visuals, and gameplay.

Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 91.53 [5]


  1. ^ "Electronic Arts to ship six PlayStation titles in first 60 days; nine new titles to launch before Christmas.". Business Wire. September 6, 1995. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  2. ^ "IGN Presents the History of Madden". IGN. August 8, 2008. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  3. ^ " - Madden 96". PlayStation Museum. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  4. ^ "Madden '96 in '97?". Electronic Gaming Monthly (Ziff Davis) (80): 121. March 1996. 
  5. ^ [1]

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