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Tecmo Bowl Tecmo Bowl - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Tecmo Bowl - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A side-scrolling, four-player American football game that can be played as two-on-two, one-on-two, etc. The game is somewhat primitive in that there is no play pattern selection; only the receiver can be selected before play begins. One player controls the QB, the other plays the wide receiver/running back.

Tecmo Bowl was produced by Tecmo in 1987.

Tecmo released 64 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1985. Tecmo was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Tecmo during the time period Tecmo Bowl was produced include: Argos No Senshi - Legendary Warrior, Mighty Bomb Jack, Rygar, Solomon's Key, Tee'd Off, American Football, Gemini Wing, Rygar (PlayChoice), Back Fire, and Ninja Gaiden


Name Tecmo Bowl
Developer Tecmo (Japan)
Year 1987
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10043
Class Wide Release
Genre Sports
  • Orientation: Horizontal
  • Type: Raster: Standard Resolution
  • Color: Color
  • Uses two monitors; one straight on (right side) and one reflective (left side). The horizontal orientation provides side-to-side scrolling across both screens.

Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 4
# Maximum Players 4
Game Play Either
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - Hike/Pass/Jump/Tackle|Kick
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Tecmo Bowl Control Panel Image

Game Introduction

The most interesting feature of the game is the ability to shake off tacklers. Once an opponent has latched onto you, vigorously shake the joystick to break their tackle. This action provides an excellent workout for the forearms and biceps and also provides for great fun in four-player games.

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Cabinet Information

The cabinet is very large -- 40-inches wide at the narrowest point and almost 46-inches at widest -- due to the monitor cavern on the removable back panel and the side-by-side monitor configuration. The side panels stick out where the control board rests, making this one impossible to fit through a standard household doorway.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Tecmo Bowl Census

There are 14,958 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,547 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,359 machines (6,939 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 9 known instances of this machine owned by Tecmo Bowl collectors who are active members. Of these, 6 of them are original dedicated machines. 3 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Tecmo Bowl machine for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Tecmo Bowl.

This game ranks a 1 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



The monitors are difficult to adjust since you have to make sure the text sizes/locations are adequately matched. Difficult to do at best, especially if the monitors have never been replaced.

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