While Nintendo consoles don’t have the latest Madden entry, you do get a consolation prize in the form of the first video game to feature NFL players. Tecmo Bowl is a NES port of the popular 1987 arcade cabinet, which released in North America in February of 1989. This NES classic is available for $4.99 on the Wii U Virtual Console, having already come to GameBoy, Wii, and Nintendo 3DS.
Match your gridiron skills against the computer or another human player. From the snap, total control of every pass, run, and tackle is in your hands! The player can select from 12 teams. On offense there are two run and two pass plays to choose from. Defense consists of trying to guess which offensive play the opponent will select and then taking control of one of the defensive players before the snap. A simple power-meter system is used for kicking field goals, extra points, and punts.