NFL Blitz arcade games will be relaunched as an Arcade1Up cabinet exclusive
The good news is that NFL BlitzThe golden age of arcade games is coming back. The bad news is how limited this collection of beloved games will be.
Games from the start Blitz era that ended with NFL Blitz 2000: Gold Edition, will soon be available to buy and play again at home, for the hefty price of $599.99 as part of a collection of three games on an Arcade1Up three-quarter scale arcade machine. The collection, named NFL Blitz Legendsis available for pre-order (Arcade1Up, best buy) starting Monday, August 15 and is expected to ship to customers in October.
Less boom, more shaka-laka
Unfortunately, these games were released in the years since their heyday in the late 90s, and the changes might just be deal breakers for those who grew up loving the original series, WWE’s over-the-top mayhem. in arcades and early 3D. consoles like the N64 and the Dreamcast. Arcade1Up has confirmed that this NFL game will no longer feature “a specific set of tackles”, with approximately 15% of football player collisions removed. In addition, everything beating after the whistle has been disabled. Small changes apparent so far include new textures drawn on the terrain and sidelines to insert Arcade1Up’s logo into the action.
The announcement suggests that these changes have been made “to support the NFL’s current player health and safety initiatives”, although there is also a chance that changes have been made to land licenses from the National Football League and the Football Greats Alliance (which represents lapsed player likenesses). These two groups combined probably have an interest in no longer advertising over-the-top football collisions. Curiously, the trailers for the new collection don’t show a single tackle in progress; Ahead of today’s announcement, Arcade1Up provided a selection of gameplay videos from Jerry Rice, and each sees the 49ers legend catching a pass and running to the end zone untouched.
The inclusion of real player names is this machine’s biggest selling point, and it’s underscored in-product by photos of six ’90s NFL stars appearing on both sides of the cabinet. Arcade1Up has yet to say how many classic player names of the three supported games (NFL Blitz, NFL Blitz ’99, NFL Blitz 2000: Gold Edition) will be missing due to licensing issues and if missing player names will be erased or, as in Arcade1Up NBA jam firm, just name other players (in which case multiple people named “Deion Sanders” could be long for the Dallas Cowboys, even though they have different stats).
We haven’t tried the cabinet yet, so can’t comment on its range of four-player joysticks and buttons or its arcade emulation prowess. For now, at least, the footage we’ve seen resembles the series’ arcade originals and includes beloved announcer Tim Kitzrow’s sardonic play-by-play commentary. Like other recent multiplayer versions of Arcade1Up, NFL Blitz Legends will include built-in online matchmaking, although like on these other cabinets, online modes will be limited to Wi-Fi instead of offering wired Ethernet support.