NFL Blitz

released on Nov 01, 1997

NFL Blitz takes the idea of a normal football video game and turns it on its head with fewer players, bigger hits, and lots of personality.

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Kiss, Marry, Kill: This Game, Space Jam, Insane Clown Posse. Go.
Playing this outrageous, violent football game before ever actually watching football led to quite the disappointment later on but oh well.
Spamming the tackle button so your dudes go UGH UGH UGH UGH is peak video games.

Break time!
I used to play this cabinet during my breaks at Nintendo for some reason. Well, when others weren't playing it, that is. It was quite popular with the few bro's there. Actually, even if you hate American football like I do and have no idea what you're doing, it's a solidly fun game.
It's fun because it is ridiculous. There's some announcer dude yelling random things all the time. The players make bonkers plays every time, jump around incessantly, and do more violence than Mortal Kombat. The graphics are pretty great for the time and the only thing that really annoys me about it is the play selection sound (and that I don't know what plays do, really). It's a fast-paced and exciting version of a pretty boring and commercialized sport and you get a solid amount of play for your quarters. I can see why the bro's played it!
"That was uncalled for, but a lot of fun to watch."
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This game is rad. But it's only 2-player. Why aren't you playing Blitz 2000 or 2001?!?

If you didn't have fun playing this, what were you even doing???

Being able to body slam the player you just tackled after the play ended and the announcers going "that's GOTTA hurt" is some of the coolest shit you can do in a sports game