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August 15, 2022
Arcade1Up, an at-home retro gaming entertainment brand, has announced NFL Blitz Legend’s return after 25 years with remastered versions of the ’90s games. In a first for the NFL Blitz franchise, Arcade1Up has created an arcade machine for the home featuring three titles, including NFL Blitz, NFL Blitz ’99 and NFL Blitz 2000: Gold Edition.
NFL Blitz Legends is available for pre-order on Arcade1Up.com, BestBuy.com and Walmart.com and will be available at retail stores this NFL season.
“We could not be more excited to bring NFL Blitz Legends to fans who have been waiting years for the return of this iconic game,” says Scott Bachrach, chief executive officer, Arcade1Up. “Our team spent the better part of the last two years making sure we both honored the games’ past while bringing it up to today’s modern standards with AAA development efforts in partnership with the NFL and FGA, and I think we’ve achieved that in an unbelievable feat of fun, exciting, action-packed gameplay while reengineering the original game.”
To bring the NFL Blitz Legends experience into the homes of football fans and gamers alike, Arcade1Up partnered with the National Football League and the IMG-managed Football Greats Alliance (FGA) to ensure hundreds of players are featured including Dan Marino (Miami Dolphins), Jerry Rice (San Francisco 49ers), Deion Sanders (Dallas Cowboys), Brett Favre (Green Bay Packers), Jerome Bettis (Pittsburgh Steelers), Terrell Davis (Denver Broncos) and Cris Carter (Minnesota Vikings).
“I’ve always thought Blitz was one of the best games made and the fans loved it too,” says Jerry Rice, former NFL wide receiver. “I like how Arcade1Up took the time to reflect today’s NFL game while celebrating the game’s greatest legends and uniforms from back in the day. Every play is still a game-changing play and I love that. I can easily see this becoming a favorite pastime.”
To support the NFL’s current Player Health & Safety initiatives, a specific set of tackles and after-the-whistle hits were removed or edited in the remastered versions of NFL Blitz, NFL Blitz ’99 and NFL Blitz 2000: Gold Edition. For the first time in the Blitz franchise, players can play on a home arcade machine and compete online with Wi-Fi multiplayer and leaderboards.
“This has been an amazing partnership and team effort between the NFL, Arcade1Up and the FGA across development, strategy and activation,” says Brett Weiss, associate vice president of licensing, IMG and its FGA business, which manages the collective licensing, sponsorship and marketing rights of retired NFL players. “NFL Blitz remains one of the most iconic video games of all time and was a staple in arcades and homes in the ’90s.”
Built to resemble the NFL Blitz found at retro arcades, NFL Blitz Legends is a five-foot-tall arcade machine featuring NFL players on the sides of the cabinet. The artwork and gameplay also feature retro team logos and uniforms. In addition to Wi-Fi multiplayer and leaderboards, the arcade machine has a 49-way joystick, 17-inch screen with a light-up marquee and branded riser.
NFL Blitz Legends is the third sports title that Arcade1Up has released this year along with NBA JAM: SHAQ EDITION and Golden Tee 3D. The company’s other sports titles include Ridge Racer, Outrun, Big Buck Hunter and Pong.
Pre-orders for NFL Blitz Legends have begun on Arcade1Up.com, BestBuy.com and Walmart.com and the machine will be available this fall. Branded stools representing every team in the NFL are also available.
The first 1,000 consumers to pre-order the machine from Arcade1Up.com will receive a limited-edition NFL Blitz Legends hat as a gift with the purchase.
IMG is exhibiting at Brand Licensing Europe 2022. Find out more info here.
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