10 Yard Fight

Read the review here.

“The 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) home video game console was known for, among many other things, some of its quality sports titles. From the quirky violence of Super Dodge Ball to the Bo Jacksonian heroics in Tecmo Bowl, many titles offered fans a playable rendition of their favorite sport. Such high-quality legacy was not always the case, though; in 1985, as one of the 18 original launch titles for the machine’s North American release, included was an early American football simulator named 10 Yard Fight.”
– from the full review, which you can read here.

Arguably as much if not more than any other genre, sports titles on the NES are very, very hit-or-miss. This would be a “miss.” I have always found it slightly amusing that, when the Famicom came to America, two of the launch titles had “Fight” in the title. Also, I would like to trademark the term “Bo Jacksonian heroics.” Not only was 10 Yard Fight an overall bad game, despite the best efforts of those courageous early programmers, but it even had an amusing grammatical mistake:



Also: I went ahead and made a Let’s Play video for this game. Enjoy?


5 Responses to “ 10 Yard Fight ”

  1. Ha, football? This is hardly football. There’s no differentiation between the height of the players and a ball in the air. Anything thrown that passes above a player is caught.

    I hate this game.

  2. Brian Decker , on September 28th, 2011 at 8:31 am Said:

    This game seems like it was really crippled by the attempt to turn it into a “full” football game. If you’ve ever played the arcade game or even the Famicom version of this, the goal is to continually make first downs within the time alotted or your game ends. Ultimately, you find yourself having to gain 10 yards on every play. You don’t play defense, punt the ball, or any of the garbage that’s not implemented well.

    I guess they thought Americans wouldn’t play it if it didn’t simulate an entire game? As it stands, it’s both easy and sad. Even so, I have one friend that I actually like to play this against. Nothing beats smack talk and ridiculously bad games.

  3. Aggro Sky , on May 16th, 2013 at 10:45 pm Said:

    Oh man, this is some funny stuff. I laughed out loud watching this game. I love the “pitter patter pitter patter” sound effects when the players are walking around lol…. Priceless, bad early NES game.

  4. […] the NES came in its production values for sports titles. Just think about the comparison between 10-Yard Fight and Tecmo Bowl, or between Baseball and Base Wars. Both the breadth and depth of improvement is […]

  5. Fuze013 , on June 4th, 2017 at 5:51 pm Said:

    Well… I was a bit confused as how the worked game when I started it. I assumed it was going to be a regular football game, but you only play offense, and it’s all based on a timer that eventually doesn’t matter.

    Once I understood the gameplay, the game was relatively easy. It was just learning how to dodge the other team as you tried to run the ball down the field. As you’re playing it, and you get to the last level (Super) I found myself landing touchdowns from the kickoff. The game is easy, but it doesn’t have a good replay value. Maybe 2 players would be fun for a highscore competition, but that’s as far as it goes.


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