The NFL Blitz arcade games will be made available again as an exclusive Arcade1Up Locker

The good news is that NFL BlitzThe golden era of arcade games returns. The bad news is how limited this collection of beloved games will be.

Games from the earliest Blitz the era that ended NFL Blitz 2000: Gold Edition, you will soon be able to buy again and play at your home – for the hefty price of $ 599.99 as part of a three-quarter game collection on Arcade1Up. Collection, named NFL Blitz legendsis available for pre-order (Arcade1Up, Best Buy) from Monday, August 15, and is scheduled to ship to customers in October.

Less boom, still some shaka-laka

Unfortunately, these games have been edited in the years since their heyday in the late 90s, and the changes could be a breakthrough for those who grew up loving the exaggerated WWE-like chaos in the original series in arcades and early 3D consoles such as the N64 and Dreamcast. Arcade1Up confirmed that this NFL match will no longer contain “a specific set of tackles,” and about 15 percent of player collisions have been removed. Additionally, all hits after whistle have been disabled. Minor changes seen so far include new textures drawn on the pitch and sidelines to insert the Arcade1Up logo into the action.

The announcement suggests that these changes were made “to support the current NFL initiatives for player health and safety,” although there is also a chance that changes have been made to obtain a license from the National Football League and the Football Greats Alliance (which represents outdated images of players ). These two groups combined likely have a vested interest in not advertising anymore exaggerated soccer collisions. Interestingly, the teasers for the new collection do not show a single attack; ahead of today’s announcement, Arcade1Up shared a selection of Jerry Rice’s gameplay videos, in each of which the 49ers legend catches a pass and runs to the end zone untouched.

The inclusion of real player names is a big selling point for this machine, as highlighted in the product by photos of six NFL stars from the 90s appearing on either side of the case. Arcade1Up has yet to say how many classic player names from all three supported games (NFL Blitz, NFL Blitz ’99, NFL Blitz 2000: Gold Edition) will disappear due to licensing issues and whether missing player names will be erased or as in Arcade1Up NBA jam Locker, just name yourself after the other players (in which case many people named “Deion Sanders” can talk about the Dallas Cowboys for a long time, even if they have different stats).

We haven’t tried the Locker yet, so we can’t comment on its set of four-player joysticks and buttons, or its arcade emulation abilities. At least for now, the footage we’ve seen resembles the arcade originals of the series, and features the sardonic commentary from beloved announcer Tim Kitzrow. Like the other latest multiplayer Arcade1Up releases, NFL Blitz legends will feature built-in online matchmaking, but like other lockers, online modes will be limited to Wi-Fi and not to wired Ethernet cables.

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