[originally posted at ScrewAttack.com]
Sports games back in the 8-bit era have always been relatively simple. There was no need for buttons for special types of shots and passes. No need for complex strategies and formations. All you needed was a d-pad and two buttons. As a result, gameplay was simple and easy to pick up. Then, you have other games, like Tecmo Cup Soccer Game. Released in 1992 in North America for the NES, Tecmo Cup Soccer Game is unlike any other sports game of its time, combining elements of role-playing games and sports to deliver a worthwhile experience.