John Madden Football (1990 video game)

John Madden Football
Cover art
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
Series Madden NFL
Platform(s) Genesis, Super NES, Commodore Amiga
Release Genesis
  • NA: December 1990
  • EU: 1990
Super NES
  • NA: November 1991
Commodore Amiga
  • NA: December 1992
Genre(s) Traditional football simulation
Mode(s) Single-player

John Madden Football is a football video game, the second Madden football game released by Electronic Arts.


Its features include various field conditions, audibles, and password-saved games. For the first time in a football video game, the game is played from above and behind the quarterback rather than from the side. 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. It is the series debut on the Sega Genesis and later on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Commodore Amiga[1]

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.

Madden was very popular and became a killer app for the Genesis, helping the console gain market share against the NES.[2][3] Computer and Video Games awarded the Mega Drive version 95%, praising the realism and the sound.[4]

  1. "John Madden Football review from Amiga Power 11 (Mar 1992) - Amiga Magazine Rack". Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  2. Hruby, Patrick (2010-08-05). "The Franchise". ESPN. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  3. Fahs, Travis (2008-08-06). "IGN Presents the History of Madden". IGN. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
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