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John Madden Football (1990 video game)

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John Madden Football is a football video game, the second Madden football game released by Electronic Arts. It is the series debut on the Sega Genesis and later on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Commodore Amiga.[1]

John Madden Football
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Developer(s)Park Place Productions
Publisher(s)EA Sports
Designer(s)Troy Lyndon, Michael Knox, Scott Orr, Richard Hilleman and Jim Simmons
Composer(s)Rob Hubbard
SeriesMadden NFL
Platform(s)Genesis, Super NES, Commodore Amiga
  • NA: December 1990
  • EU: 1990
Super NES
  • NA: November 1991
Commodore Amiga
  • NA: December 1992
Genre(s)Traditional football simulation
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer


Its features include various field conditions, audibles, and password-saved games. The game is played from above and behind the quarterback rather than from the side as most games were. However, as in the previous version, no actual NFL teams are included due to the lack of NFL or NFLPA licenses for authentic teams or player names.

During the first initial release (1990) on a console, which was on the Sega Genesis platform, only a total of 16 teams were available to choose from. Each of these teams were based unofficially on teams from the 1990 NFL season. The following generic teams were chosen, with colors based on the local NFL team: Buffalo, Miami, New England, Cincinnati, Houston, Pittsburgh, Denver, Kansas City, New York City (colors based on Giants), Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Minnesota, Atlanta, Los Angeles (colors based on Rams) and San Francisco. An All-Madden team was included as a bonus.


According to lead designer Scott Orr, "we started with the AI and built [the game] around it."[2]


Madden was very popular and became a killer app for the Genesis, helping the console gain market share against the NES.[3][4] Computer and Video Games awarded the Mega Drive version 95%, praising the realism and the sound.[5]


  1. ^ "John Madden Football review from Amiga Power 11 (Mar 1992) - Amiga Magazine Rack". Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  2. ^ Kraig Kujawa; Sushi-X (October 1997). "The War on AI". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 99. Ziff Davis. p. 72.
  3. ^ Hruby, Patrick (2010-08-05). "The Franchise". ESPN. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  4. ^ Fahs, Travis (2008-08-06). "IGN Presents the History of Madden". IGN. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
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