Running on a 9-volt transistor battery, this pocket handheld unit proved popular beyond Mattel's initial expectations, selling 500,000 units in its first year.
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Football for the Atari 2600
With just four men on each team -- three linemen and a quarterback -- Atari's first football effort didn't exactly smack of realism. Teams could score touchdowns and safeties but not field goals.
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Football for the TI-99 Home Computer
While users couldn't actually control the players, this Texas Instruments title was a very detailed football simulation for its time.
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NFL Football for Intellivision
Novel features for this title included an actual scrolling field, cheering fans and the largest playbook in a football game to date.
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Coleco Total Control 4
A step up from the previous year's Coleco Head to Head Football, Total Control 4 was a cartridge-based sports gaming system which came bundled with the football cartridge (above, the orange section).
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RealSports Football for the Atari 2600
A considerable improvement from Atari's debut football effort, teams controlled a quarterback, flanker and three linemen on offense -- or two defensive linemen, two cornerbacks and a linebacker on defense.
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This arcade port was one of the first and best-known football titles for the wildly popular NES console.
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This unheralded NES game, developed by Atlus and published by LJN, was actually the first to acquire an official NFL license.
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John Madden Football for Commodore 64/128
The first installment of the franchise which would forever change sports gaming.
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Tecmo Bowl -- and it's equally beloved sequel Tecmo Super Bowl (1990) -- boasted an NFLPA license, enabling users to take control of stars like Randall Cunningham, Walter Payton and Christian Okoye.
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Joe Montana II: Sports Talk Football for Genesis
This Sega Genesis title was the first game to use digitized speech and continuous play-by-play commentary.
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Madden NFL '94
The first Madden game with an NFLPA license generated a huge boost in popularity for the up-and-coming franchise.
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As the flagship football title of the groundbreaking Sony PlayStation console, GameDay took advantage of the eight-button controller to give the user unprecedented control for a football game.
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Taking cues from its NBA Jam series, Midway debuted NFL Blitz in 1997 -- a playground-style game where teams needed 30 yards for a first down and excessive violence was encouraged.
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Madden NFL 2005
The first Madden game with online capabilities opened the home console to the world.
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Madden NFL 2009
The 20th Anniversary edition of the venerable football franchise has been billed as the first video game that adapts to you.
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