This guide is meant for hosting a casual tournament. If you want to host a more serious tournament check out this forum post on tecmobowl.org.
Want to experience some video game nostalgia by hosting a Tecmo Super Bowl tournament? Heck maybe you never even played Tecmo Super Bowl but want to experience one of the greatest football video games ever. I put together this guide to help you get what you need to host your own tournament.
1. Get Yourself a Nintendo
You, a friend, or a family member probably has an NES laying around somewhere. If not you can try getting one off ebay. Now if you played a lot of NES in your day you’re probably aware of the potential problems you might have getting a game to work. This is usually because of 1 of 2 things, or both. The connectors inside the NES aren’t making a strong connection or the game itself has dirty pins. If the game is dirty you can usually easily fix this by following this NES game cleaning guide by jjgames.com.
Now if you can’t get ahold of an NES or your NES isn’t working so well I recommend the NES Retro Entertainment System. It’s typically no more than $20 and does a great job at playing NES games. Based on the reviews on Amazon most users have a good experience with the product.
2. Acquire a Copy of Tecmo Super Bowl
If you’re like me you may want to just go to your local used games store and see if you can get a copy there. What’s typically great about this is if the game doesn’t work you can easily return it. If you can’t find it anywhere local you should have no problem finding it online. I recommend checking out Video Game Price Charts to see if it’s a good time to buy. They also have links to common places you’ll be able to find it. I also recommend jjgames.com I’ve always had a good experience ordering classic games from them.
3. Setup a Bracket
Now that you have an NES and a copy of Tecmo Super Bowl you can start playing. I find in mose cases tournaments use a bracket system. challonge.com is a great service for creating your own bracket or maybe you prefer a printed bracket.
4. Make the Rules
A tournament can get pretty competitive and if you don’t have clear rules it might get ugly. Make sure you have clear rules and hang them up on the wall so when an argument ensues you have the answer right there. The rules they use for the Tecmo Madison Tournament is a good place to start.
5. Remember to Have Fun
Now get a case of beer, some pizza and cheer on your friends and if you want to make it interesting place some bets or give out a trophy.