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YouTube Rabbit Hole: NFL Football '94 Starring Joe Montana Was My Childhood

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YouTube Rabbit Hole: NFL Football '94 Starring Joe Montana Was My Childhood

The Joe Montana series of football games on the Sega Genesis are sort of this weird subplot in retro football history. We talk so much about Madden 94 and Madden 95, but it’s easy to forget NFL Football ’94 Starring Joe Montana was the NFL football game at the time. It had all the teams and all the players, and Madden 94 did not have the real players yet. It also had Lon Simmons doing commentary to piggyback on the old Niners theme even though Montana was now with the Chiefs.

This game was my childhood. I will literally put old raw gameplay of this game on in the background while doing work because it’s this weird dose of white noise mixed with good-vibes nostalgia. Like this video of Kansas City vs. Washington from VideoGaming4U, all I need is the gameplay — nothing more. Fake punts and Lon Simmons (who still to this day sounds like Pat Summerall to me) getting the weather wrong are my happy place. Abusing the spin move and speed burst all bring me back to being 5-years-old.

Am I crazy? Who else loved this game? Who else remembers this game more fondly than any Madden title from the Sega Genesis?

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  1. SEGA had so many legit sports games in the 1990s. Joe Montana football had a unique touch and I enjoyed playing it over XMAS break 1993. I liked the rosters and camera angles.
    Another excellent SEGA sports game was World Series baseball. Prior to that was Sports Talk Baseball which was a well played cartridge on my Genesis.
    I spent long consecutive hours on this game back in the day until my eyes were bloodshot from staring at the horrible resolution of my bedroom TV. Day after day, this game was all I needed to be happy.
    I played 10 seasons of JM94. They added nice features for 95, but the graphics got worse. Best looking 16 bit football game.
    I still remember winning a playoff game because I blocked a needless CPU FG attempt with no time left. The ball went a mile high and back 30 yards. Caught it on the run and took it back for a TD. Then went on to win the Super Bowl. One of my greatest video game football moments ever. I loved that game.
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    Aimbrogn
    SEGA had so many legit sports games in the 1990s. Joe Montana football had a unique touch and I enjoyed playing it over XMAS break 1993. I liked the rosters and camera angles.
    Another excellent SEGA sports game was World Series baseball. Prior to that was Sports Talk Baseball which was a well played cartridge on my Genesis.

    Yeah, I had WS Baseball too. Great game but I was so mad it either did come out on Sega CD or was delayed so I got it for Genesis. Never finished my season though.
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    tril
    what i remember about this game is that it was hard. It used to frustrate me.

    Yeah, it was a hard game from what I remember. I don’t think I knew you could spam the spin button. Won 3 Super Bowls in 10 seasons so it was a challenge.
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    Yeah, I used to play this all the time as a kid, pitch right and spin, spin, spin for 88 yards and a score.
    One correction: the commentary was not Summerall, but actually by Lon Simmons, who was a San Francisco broadcaster who did the voice clips for many of the Sega Sports games of that era.
    milkmanbonzai
    Yeah, I used to play this all the time as a kid, pitch right and spin, spin, spin for 88 yards and a score.
    One correction: the commentary was not Summerall, but actually by Lon Simmons, who was a San Francisco broadcaster who did the voice clips for many of the Sega Sports games of that era.

    Shut up, really!? I seriously always thought it was Pat, it sounds so much like him. I'll fix it.
    yep - Loved that game
    To this day, I still prefer generally simpler sports games control schemes that don't require hundreds of hours and a dozen button combo memorizations to enjoy and excel at.
    hyacinth1
    Great game. Too bad the next year they broke it.*

    Yeah I was very young so I don't remember why it went sour, I just remember the next year I was playing Madden 95 and not Joe Montana when my family brought home the new football game.
    Loved how this game worked with timing patterns. 212 Shoot was my bread and butter play. The left WR would run a post, the right WR would run a slant and the TE would run an out.
    If the D was in nickel or dime, go to the slant route! 4'3 or 3'4 go post and if it was a 4'6, the out to the TE.
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    mb625
    The EAGLES come out in the THREE-FOUR, the GIANTS in the SLOT.
    This commentary still runs through my brain to this day

    That gave me a flashback! Wonder if this is worth loading up in an emulator.
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