I played Tecmo Super Bowl for the Sega Genesis when I was a kid and then in college I rediscovered it and had a great time playing it with my friends. Tecmo Bowl Throwback is based on the NES version of the game, but it's still fun, though not quite as feature rich.
The biggest change in the game is that there's no NFL licensing so the teams are in the cities they were back in 1991 and they generally have the same play styles, but the player names, team logos and colors are all different. I don't really mind it all. The game still plays like tecmo bowl and really it's the gameplay that was so addictive.
Since the game is based on NFL teams circa 1991, the developers have helpfully included graphs that show how good each team is in different categories so if you don't remember what Houston's team was like in 1991, you'll still be able to judge the team based on the graph.
If haven't played Tecmo Bowl before I don't know if this game is going to be for you and I would recommend downloading the trial version and giving it a go. Tecmo Bowl is a quirky game, and while that gives it nostalgic appeal, it also can be off-putting to some.
Single Player: (3 of 5)
The single player has three modes: preseason, season and all-star. Preseason lets you play any team with any other team.
Preseason mode is best way most of the achievements since you can play a strong team like San Francisco against a weak one like New England. Preason mode is also fun for a quick no consequences game.
Season mode with goes through an 18 week regular season (there's sixteen games and two bye weeks) and then the playoffs. Season mode follows the rules of the NFL as far as making the playoffs and winning the championship are concerned. Season mode is fun especially the playoffs where if you lose, then you're out.
All-star mode: I haven't bothered with all-star mode.
Overall, the single player doesn't deliver anymore than you would expect it to. You can play a single game or a season and try to win the championship. It's fun, you'll probably on play it until you win the championship and get a feel for the teams that you like. The computer AI hasn't changed so you can expect it to be as good or as bad as you remember.
Multiplayer(5 of 5):
For me the multiplayer is where the fun is. You can play local or online multplayer and the experience is the same. Currently (just a few days after the release of the game), there a plenty of people playing the multiplayer and I've had no trouble finding an opponent in ranked matches.
I love the multiplayer on this game, because while the overall game is simple there's a good bit of strategy that goes into playing other people. If haven't played Tecmo Bowl before you might find playing online a bit daunting since most of the people I've played with thus far have been pretty good.
One thing that I learned the hard way is that the host of the match determines the graphics mode. So if you join a game instead of creating one you'll be forced to play using the graphics style of the host. If you have a plasma TV like I do, then you don't want to play games with letterboxed content so you'll want to host games so you can use the HD graphics mode and prevent issues with screen burn-in.
Graphics: (3 of 5):
Improved graphics mode looks good on my HDTV. The nostalgic graphics mode hasn't been touched and is just as blocky as you remember. My only gripe about the new HD graphics is that all the characters have really plastic features and they reuse a single face for all of the cheerleaders and players. The gameplay graphics more than serviceable however.
Sound: (3 of 5):
The sound seems to come straight from the original. It's definitely nothing amazing, but it works and doesn't get old too quickly.
Achievements(4 of 5):
The achievements for this game are pretty easy. The only two that should take any time are ones where you have to win a ranked match by 18 points and the one where you need to win the championship. The rest you can knock in a few hours of preseason matches.
Overall ( 4 of 5):
For me this game was definitely worth the 800 MSP, but I played the heck out of the original game. If you've never played the original, but can get into the quirky fun that is the gameplay, I think you'll have a great time with this game.
My only sadness is that I know the MP is going to be dead soon. Luckily, I still have some friends to play some local matches with, so this should still get some use at parties.