Super Bowl XLIV in Tecmo 8-bit

Do you remember Tecmo Bowl on the NES?

Do you also remember the impossible that would regularly play out during the game against the AI such as eighty yard returns on a single play on every other play? That’s like what Tracy Porter did during the Super Bowl…but having him do that magic in about as many times. But Tecmo Bowl holds a special place in the hearts of gamers that remember it as one of those titles, the ones that they look back on with a warm smile on their face. Flaws and all, it was great fun before Madden conquered the genre.

And here’s how Tracy Porter’s run would have looked like in the game thanks to one 8-bit fan. It’s not using the original sounds of the game, but it uses the live broadcast replacing the live visuals with 8-bit goodness.

Can you spare $12,000?

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Bitmob has a report from TechEBlog on one of the rarest of rares being put up for auction on Ebay: a Nintendo World Championship cart with a matching controller and hat from the event.

In 1990, Nintendo did a tour through thirty cities in the United States dubbed the Nintendo World Championships and attendees would be able to compete for prizes, one winner per age bracket.

The special cartridges used for the event had three games built into them: Super Mario Bros, Rad Racer, and Tetris. Gamers were given six minutes and 21 seconds to get fifty coins in SMB, finish a race in Rad Racer with the shortest time, and score the highest in Tetris with whatever time was left. One of the prizes given out were these specially modified Championship cartridges and only ninety are believed to exist (corresponding to the three age bracket/thirty city tour).

The only other thing rarer than the grey Championship carts are the gold ones. The gold variants are virtually identical aside from the gold casing and the number made: only twenty six for a special contest held by Nintendo Power. Both are considered “holy grails” among serious game collectors and as a result, go for thousands of dollars.

So if you want to snag a piece of gaming history, and if you’ve got the cash, here’s your chance.

UPDATE 9.25.09: The auction has ended and it doesn’t look like that there were any takers. Granted, it’s a large amount of coin to part with and in this economy, I’m not sure that even collectors are willing to pay top dollar for something like this. Still, I hope that the guy finds a way to sell it off to help him land on his feet.