Retro Wrap-Up: Sports Edition

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

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Blades of Steel - Face off | Retro Wrap-Up

October happens to be that rare time of year when all four major North American sports are in action–five if you count soccer; six if you count NASCAR (and seven if you include golf). If you’re any kind of sports fan, there is probably something for you to watch right now.

The sports genre is one we don’t cover much here at oprainfall. Aside from the occasional Mario Golf, or odd duck like Rocket League, the only time sports games get any coverage is when discussing retro games. Sure the modern sports games can be fun since you get to play as your favorite teams and players, however I believe the retro era was where those games shined. There was minimal licensing of leagues and players leading many games to use completely original rosters. Others took liberties with the rules of the game, resulting in more than one game with robotic players or super abilities.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a sports game fan, I guarantee you’ve played at least one classic game that doesn’t often get considered when talking about the sports genre, like Punch-Out!! or Excitebike. Below, you’ll find some classic TV advertisements for some memorable sports games, as dug up by the oprainfall Retro Commercial Research Team–in other words, me.

So, what are some of you’re favorite retro sports games? Do you prefer R.B.I. Baseball or Baseball Stars (or, like me, do you think Baseball Simulator 1.000 is better than both of them)? Tecmo Bowl or Tecmo Super Bowl? Ice Hockey or Blades of Steel? Sound off in the comments below.

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About Eric Chetkauskas

Eric has been playing video games for longer than he can remember. His interests skew toward retro games with an emphasis on Japanese RPGs like Chrono Trigger and the Dragon Quest series.




  • JDobbs

    I have enjoyed plenty of sports games throughout the years from the Mario games, Punch-Out, and Tecmo Bowl. As far as retro sports games go, the genre really shined with NBA Jam and NFL Blitz. Those games were able to prove its ok to have a unrealistic representation of basketball and football while being fun and over the top. Hopefully, my Indianapolis Colts can win against the dark side later tonight.