Thursday, April 12, 2012

Throwing the Controller: Jerry Ball Gets All the Sacks

In Throwing the Controller, we look back at the most infuriating enemies, levels and screwovers in NES history.

Tecmo Super Bowl is the best sports game not just on the NES, but in the history of video games. That's just a fact. But that doesn't mean it's without its flaws.

Truly something that could only happen in Super Tec.

Why would anyone play as the Detroit Lions in a NFL video game? To fulfill a fantasy of stepping into the shoes of true legends of the sport like Rodney Peete or Benny Blades? No. To select nose tackle Jerry Ball on every defensive play and then, once the ball is snapped, take a step down and dive forward, tackling the quarterback before he can even get out from under center.

This tactic was quickly banned under House Rules at every house I've ever been to, but that doesn't help you when you're playing a quick game against your cousin and he relies on the legendary quickness of Jerry Ball just to enrage you.

You know who you are.


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