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10-Yard Fight
10ヤードファイト

Dec 1983

   
10-Yard Fight is a very early American Football arcade game, fondly remembered for its simple approach to a notoriously complex sport.
All you have to do is make it up to the opponent's end zone and score a single touchdown before the timer runs out. There is no dee-fensive play, offensive formations are chosen automatically and ten seconds are added to the clock for every 10 yards cleared.
A good trick is to pass the ball left or right after the snap and wait for an opening in the opponent’s pack. When you see it, whack that button - the ball will rocket across the field like a missile in a slick diagonal cruise that your target man will never fail to receive... It’s a great buzz when it works, but there is no room for mistakes: interceptions are punished by a 20 yard penalty.
The game was an out-and-out success for Irem, and it still retains a lot of charm despite its age. A 2-player version known as Vs 10-Yard Fight was released in 1984, followed by two (rather crude) home conversions: first on Famicom (1985) then on MSX (1986). Nintendo would later recycle the Famicom version as a launch title for the NES in 1987.
Bad move: the game had aged badly by then, and the mainstream American public is notoriously fussy about the accuracy and 'realism' of their sports games. As a result of this 10-Yard Fight has a very poor reputation stateside - it is sneered at, jeered even, as "that lousy football game that came with the Nintendo".
This is wrong. 10-Yard Fight was never meant to be an accurate simulator - it is a deliberately straightforward arcade game, and quite a good one at that.
Goes to show - the original 1983 version was ceremoniously re-released in 1996 on Sega Saturn and PlayStation, in the aptly named Irem Arcade Classics.

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10-Yard Fight
10ヤードファイト

FAMICOM
DETAILS
Format Famicom
Released 30 Aug 1985
Publisher Irem
Product ID IF-02
Size (cm) 12.5 x 8.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
Classic American Football action for the Famicom, Irem's second release on the format.
Becoming very hard to find complete with packaging in good condition.

Cardboard packaging, 25Kb cartridge (with LED light), monochrome booklet.

10-Yard Fight
10ヤードファイト

MSX
DETAILS
Format MSX
Released 1986
Publisher Irem
Product ID IM-02
Size (cm) ?
Weight (kg) ?
PRICE
STATUS
By MSX standards, Irem's conversion of 10-Yard Fight is more than a decent effort - but this is a damn hard item to find in good condition.

Large PC-style packaging, 32Kb cartridge, monochrome booklet.

Irem Arcade Classics
アイレム アーケード クラシックス

SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 26 Apr 1996
Publisher I'MAX
Product ID T-22403G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
3-in-1 'Arcade Classics' compilation featuring perfect versions of:
- 10-Yard Fight (1983)
- Zippy Race (1983)
- Spartan X (1984)
A great collection; the only downside is that there is no backup / save for high scores.

CD case, Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc, 20-page colour booklet, spine card.

Irem Arcade Classics
アイレム アーケード クラシックス

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 26 Apr 1996
Publisher I'MAX
Product ID SLPS-00341
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Classic arcade action from Irem, with three timeless gems from the 80s:
- 10-Yard Fight (1983)
- Zippy Race (1983)
- Spartan X (1984)
Again, no memory card feature.
But aside from that this is a great package; that has steadily been gaining a lot of value.

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, colour booklet, spine card.

 



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