The NFL Blitz arcade games will be relaunched as an Arcade1Up exclusive

The good news is that NFL BlitzThe golden age of arcade games is back. The bad news is how limited this collection of favorite games will be.

Games from the oldest blitz of the era that ended with NFL Blitz 2000: Gold Edition, will soon be available to purchase and play in the comfort of your own home again—for the hefty price of $599.99 as part of a three-game collection in the Arcade1Up three-quarter scale arcade cabinet. Assembly, duplicate NFL Blitz Legendsis available for pre-order (Arcade1Up, Best Buy) from Monday August 15th and is scheduled to ship to customers in October.

Less boom, a little more shaka-laka

Unfortunately, these games were edited out of their heyday in the late 90s, and these changes may well be a problem for those who grew up loving the original series, the extreme, WWE-like mayhem in arcades and early 3D that consoles like N64 and Dreamcast. Arcade1Up has confirmed that this NFL game will no longer have a “specific set of tackles” and roughly 15 percent of the football players’ tackles have been removed. In addition, all kicks after the whistle are off. Less obvious changes so far include new textures painted on the field and sidelines to add the Arcade1Up logo to the action.

The announcement said the changes were made “to support the NFL’s ongoing player health and safety initiatives,” though it’s also possible the changes were made to obtain licenses from the National Football League and the Major League Baseball Players Alliance (which represents similarity of players who have lost the status of players). ). These two groups together are probably interested in not promoting any more unnecessary football clashes. Interestingly, the trailers for the new collection don’t show any tackle; Ahead of today’s announcement, Arcade1Up provided a selection of Jerry Rice gameplay videos, each showing the 49ers legend catching a pass and running into the end zone untouched.

The inclusion of real player names is a big selling point for this machine, and it’s highlighted in the product by photos of six NFL stars from the 90s that appear on two sides of the cabinet. Arcade1Up has yet to reveal how many classic player names from all three supported games (NFL Blitz, NFL Blitz ’99, NFL Blitz 2000: Gold Edition) will be missing due to licensing issues and will the names of missing players be crossed out or as in Arcade1Up NBA Jam cabinet, just to be named after other players (in this case, a few people named “Deion Sanders” might mean more to the Dallas Cowboys, even if they have different stats).

We haven’t tested the cabinet yet, so we can’t comment on its array of four-player joysticks and buttons or the prowess of the arcade emulation. So far, at least, the footage we’ve seen is reminiscent of the series’ arcade originals and includes sardonic commentary from beloved announcer Tim Kitzrow. As with Arcade1Up’s other recent multiplayer releases, NFL Blitz Legends will include built-in online dialing, although like those other cabinets, online modes will be limited to Wi-Fi rather than support for Ethernet cables.

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