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Follow this link for info about the review system. 1 = Terrible, 5 = Awesome!

A solid, complex-enough Football game. Full 100-yard field, but it seems a bit narrow.

NFL FootballGraphics: 3
Sound: 3
Replay Value: 4
Notes: 2-player game
Screen Shots

NFL Football is one meaty game. Although you can't run any trick plays, like flea-flickers, etc., this game is fun. The only complaint I have with NFL Football is that it's really a full, 60-minute game! It's clear that this must have been a common complaint, since later games, like NBA Basketball, NHL Hockey, and NASL Soccer all run on an accelerated clock. Although, I guess that with play calling, you do benefit from a slower clock. Still, Super Pro Football used the faster clock. The only improvement I'd have made to the graphics would have been to have the football be a small brown football-shaped graphic, as it is in Sharp Shot.




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, nine variations have been found.
Manual Thirteen variants have been identified.
Overlays Four different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, six labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of nine NFL Football box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
NFL Football Box (Mattel Electronics 2610-0910) Mattel Electronics 2610-0910 1979 U.S.A. Plastic tray; part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; refers to Keyboard Component on cover; FOR COLOR T.V. VIEWING ONLY text in lower left corner of artwork
NFL Football Box (Mattel Electronics 2610-0910) Mattel Electronics 2610-0910 1979 Hong Kong Plastic tray; part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; refers to Keyboard Component on cover
NFL Football Box (Mattel Electronics 2610-0910-G1) Mattel Electronics 2610-0910-G1 1979 U.S.A. Plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 2610-0910-G1 1979 U.S.A. Trayless pocket; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 2610-0910-G1 1979 Hong Kong Plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
NFL Football Box (Mattel Electronics 2610-0510) Mattel Electronics 2610-0510 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel Canada Inc., Toronto, Ontano, Canada (yes, Ontano) on sticker on back
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 2610-0810 1979 Hong Kong International English Edition; no NFL logo; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. on bottom on Lifestyle Electroncs sticker
NFL Football Box (Intellivision Inc. 2610) Intellivision Inc. 2610 1979 U.S.A. Standard Intellivision, Inc. box
NFL Football Box (Sears 3858-0910) Sears 3858-0910 1978 Hong Kong Plastic tray; blue game title on top and back




A total of thirteen NFL Football manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
NFL Football Manual (Mattel Electronics 2610-0920(A)) Mattel Electronics 2610-0920(A) 1979 U.S.A. Full color; is there earlier an revision?
NFL Football Manual (Mattel Electronics 2610-0920(C)) Mattel Electronics 2610-0920(C) 1979 Hong Kong Yellow color theme
NFL Football Manual (Mattel Electronics 2610-0920-G1) Mattel Electronics 2610-0920-G1 1979 U.S.A. Yellow color theme
NFL Football Manual (Mattel Electronics 2610-0920-G1) Mattel Electronics 2610-0920-G1 1979 Hong Kong Yellow color theme
NFL Football Manual (Mattel Electronics 2610-0720) Mattel Electronics 2610-0720 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian; yellow artwork
NFL Football Manual (Mattel Electronics 2610-0720) Mattel Electronics 2610-0720 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian; blue artwork
NFL Football Manual (Mattel Electronics 2610-0820-G2) Mattel Electronics 2610-0820-G2 1979 Hong Kong International English edition; refers to game as AMERICAN FOOTBALL; yellow color theme; note the different artwork showing multiple players rather than the single receiver about to catch the ball; image contributed by Hankster
Image not available. Mattel Electronics ????? 1979 Hong Kong International English edition; refers to game as AMERICAN FOOTBALL; blue and black artwork; note the different artwork showing multiple players rather than the single receiver about to catch the ball; need confirmation of part number
Image not available. Mattel Electronics N/A 1979 Hong Kong Italian version; yellow and black artwork; title localized as 'Football Americano Prefessionistico'; need part number
NFL Football Manual (Mattel Electronics PC-2610-0920) Mattel Electronics PC-2610-0920 1979 U.S.A. PlayCable version; yellow color theme; NFL logo removed from cover; playbooks (pink theme) part number PC-2610-0950, U.S.A.
Image not available. Bandai ???? None   Japanese release by Bandai; need verification of part number, etc.
NFL Football Manual (Intellivision Inc. 2610-0920-G1) Intellivision Inc. 2610-0920-G1 None U.S.A. Stapled along top edge
NFL Football Manual (Sears 3858-0920) Sears 3858-0920 1979 Hong Kong With playbooks

Supplemental Materials

The following supplemental materials have been found for NFL Football.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
NFL Football Additional Materials (Mattel Electronics 2610-0950(B)) Mattel Electronics 2610-0950(B) 1979 U.S.A. NFL Football playbook; full color; are there earler revisions?
NFL Football Additional Materials (Mattel Electronics 2610-0950(C)) Mattel Electronics 2610-0950(C) 1979 U.S.A. NFL Football playbook; pink color scheme
NFL Football Additional Materials (Mattel Electronics 2610-0950(C)) Mattel Electronics 2610-0950(C) 1979 Hong Kong NFL Football playbook; pink color scheme
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 2610-0950-G1 1979 Hong Kong NEED CONFIRMATION; NFL Football playbook; pink color scheme; submitted by Hankster
NFL Football Additional Materials (Mattel Electronics 2610-0750) Mattel Electronics 2610-0750 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian football playbooks; pink color scheme
NFL Football Additional Materials (Mattel Electronics 2610-0850-G1) Mattel Electronics 2610-0850-G1 1979 Hong Kong Football playbook; NFL logo removed; pink color scheme; submitted by Hankster
Image not available. Mattel Electronics ????? 1979 Hong Kong Italian version of Football playbook; NFL logo removed; pink color scheme; need part number
NFL Football Additional Materials (Mattel Electronics PC-2610-0950) Mattel Electronics PC-2610-0950 1979 U.S.A. PlayCable version; pink color theme; NFL logo removed from cover; sadly, my PlayCable set only has one of these
Image not available. Bandai ???? None   Football playbook; Japanese release by Bandai; need verification of part number, etc.
NFL Football Additional Materials (Intellivision Inc. 2610-0950 C) Intellivision Inc. 2610-0950 C None U.S.A. Playbook; accordion-style folding
NFL Football Additional Materials (Sears 3858-0950) Sears 3858-0950 1979 Hong Kong Football playbook

Placement of the Trademark symbol next to the Intellivision log on the back cover changed.

Trademark Symbol Bottom Aligned with Intellivision Logo on Back (rev. A) (U.S.A.)

Note that the Trademark symbol on the back cover is aligned with the base of the Intellivision logo (rev. A)

Trademark Symbol Top Aligned with Intellivision Logo on Back (all monochrome revisions)

Note that the Trademark symbol on the back cover is aligned with the top of the Intellivision logo on all other revisions

There were also some variations of the 'Running Man' and Mattel logo on the back cover.

Running Man Logo and Text on Back (rev. A (U.S.A.))

Back cover of rev. A (U.S.A.)—note ® next to Mattel Electronics logo in the center of the 'running man' rectangle

Running Man Logo and Text on Back (revs. C and G1 (Hong Kong))

Back cover of revs. C and G1 (Hong Kong)—note ™ next to Mattel Electronics logo in the center of the 'running man' rectangle

Running Man Logo and Text on Back (rev. G1 (U.S.A.))

Back cover of rev. G1 (U.S.A.)—note ™ next to Mattel Electronics logo in the center of the 'running man' rectangle and missing ® in the 'available from Mattel Electronics' text

Some minor changes in the graphics within the manuals exist, as well as the revision of the title "NFL Football" to just "Football" or "Pro Ball" within the manual's descriptive text. The (rev. A) manual also mentions how the game looks on a black and white TV, while the (C) revision does not.

Then, there are the changes to the playbook content. (Incidentally, has a rev. A playbook ever been found?) Between rev. B and rev. C, the descriptions for entering a play on offense were improved, in that you didn't actually have to read and understand all of them at once. The directions were broken down into run, pass, or kick, as illustrated below. What I find especially humorous, though, is that the later revision added a typo! Check out "Choose an ELIGIBLE REEIVER" in the TO PASS section on rev. C!

NFL Football Playbook - Offense (rev. B)

Revision B - condensed instructions: An attempt to avoid the image that Intellivision was too complicated?

NFL Football playbook - Offense (rev. C)

Revision C - revised instructions: Broke the instructions for entering plays on offense into three categories, and added descriptions of the sound effects used to provide feedback, as well as passing advice. But, it also added a typo in the TO PASS section - REEIVER instead of RECEIVER.





A total of five NFL Football overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
NFL Football Overlay (Mattel Electronics 2610-4289) Mattel Electronics 2610-4289 1979 U.S.A. Original revision included the NFL logo in the game title
NFL Football Overlay (Mattel Electronics 2610-4289 (A)) Mattel Electronics 2610-4289 (A) 1979 U.S.A. NFL logo removed
NFL Football Overlay (Mattel Electronics 2610-4289 (A)) Mattel Electronics 2610-4289 (A) 1979 Hong Kong NFL logo removed
NFL Football Overlay (Intellivision Inc. 2610-4289 (A)) Intellivision Inc. 2610-4289 (A) None   NFL logo and Mattel copyright removed; unlike may others of this ilk, the full part number remained intact
NFL Football Overlay (Phil Boland 49 75201) Phil Boland 49 75201 1979 U.S.A. Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)




A total of six NFL Football label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
NFL Football Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None   No origin; NFL logo and ™ lower left
NFL Football Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None Hong Kong Origin upper right; NFL logo and ™ lower left
NFL Football Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None   No origin; no logo - plain FOOTBALL label
Image not available. Intellivision Inc. N/A 1979 U.S.A. Origin lower right; © I.I. 1979 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners; submitted by Hankster
NFL Football Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A 1982 Korea Origin lower right; © I.I. 1982 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners
NFL Football Label (Phil Boland) Phil Boland N/A None   Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)




Title Screen Title screen for NFL Football.
The Gridiron The crowd roars as the team runs out onto the field. There aren't all that many sound effects, but they're satisfactory. The centers never move, either. And, it's actually, truely, 60 minutes of grueling gridiron action.




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