Tecmo Madison includes both Group Play and Bracket Play.

Tecmo Madison XIV includes 4 Regions, 22 groups per Region, 3 players per group. Round Robin opening rounds. Round 2 we have a gold bracket, silver bracket, and bronze bracket, each Region producing 22 Gold players, 22 Silver players, 22 Bronze players. Gold Bracket competes for the cash prize and Tecmo immortality. The Silver & Bronze brackets compete for consolation prizes. Opening bracket is single elimination. Final bracket stage TBD.

Bracket seeds are determined by record and then point differential. If at the end of the round there is a two-way tie, a deathmatch will be played. If a three-way tie, a 3-man single elimination tourney will be played, where the top seed of the group gets a bye round.

This tournament can accommodate up to 264 competitors. Group Play should take just over 5 hours. Another 4-5 hours will be needed to complete Bracket Play. We reserve the right to expand the field, shrink the field, and/or change the format if demand so necessitates.


1. Team Selection & Coin Toss: A manual coin-flip will precede each game. The coin-flip winner can choose the matchup (i.e. the two teams) or defer the matchup choice to the coin-flip loser.

  1. If the winner chooses the matchup, the winner is given the P1 controller, and the loser chooses his choice of the two teams in the matchup.
  2. If the winner defers the matchup choice, the winner is given the P2 controller, the loser will then choose the matchup and the winner will select his choice of the two teams.

In summary, the winner of the coin toss either gets P1 and choice of matchup or P2 and choice of teams.

2. “One Matchup Once” Rule: The coin-flip winner can only select a particular matchup once throughout the entire tournament. For instance, if Player A wins the toss and selects Packers-Browns, Player A cannot call that exact matchup for the rest of the tournament. Player B, however, is free to select that matchup later in the tournament.

3. Customizing Playbooks and Lineup Changes: Customizing playbooks is permissible. You can access your player change screen (screen where you check player conditions and make substitutions) only twice per half. This helps speed up the games.

4. WR/TE at RB: A WR/TE cannot carry the football unless it is a reverse. You can insert a WR or TE into a RB slot for lead blocking purposes, but he cannot carry the football. To further clarify, players such as Ernest Givins, Ricky Sanders, and Andre Rison cannot carry the football unless it is a reverse.

5. No Ties/Overtime: No game can end in a tie. If a game is tied when regulation concludes, competitors will proceed to OT. If no one scores in the first OT, a new game will begin and the first competitor to score will be declared the winner. So that one competitor does not start with the ball in each OT period, the kicking team in the first OT will be the receiving team in the new game (i.e. the second OT).

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6. Lurching: Lurching is prohibited. If you want to rush with a DL, you must either go outside the offensive tackle or bump/grapple someone on the offensive line. Please note that this rule does not apply to LBs.

  • If you want to rush with a DL, when crossing over the line of scrimmage within the restricted circle with a DL and before making a play in the backfield, you must first bump or grapple with an opposing player who is not in the backfield. However, there are no restrictions on DL when the offense is in the shotgun or when crossing over the line of scrimmage outside the restricted circle.

7. System Malfunctions: If there is a system failure in the first half, games will be replayed from the start. If a system malfunctions in the 2nd half, only the second half is replayed. In that event, the scores from each half are added together to obtain a final score. If the game was uncompetitive or any equipment malfunctioned due to human error, the tourney organizers reserve the right to declare a winner without replaying any portion of the game.

8. Controllers: Tournament competitors are allowed to bring their own controller to use in games. Tournament organizers will also coordinate obtaining equipment for the competition for those that do not bring their own. Tournament organizers will examine each controller and tag it as acceptable, only tagged controllers can be used.

  1. Competitor controllers must be original Nintendo OEM products or CirKa N85s and cannot be modified in any way.
  2. Original NES controllers and NES dogbone controllers are allowed.
  3. NES Max or NES Advantage are not allowed.
  4. You can use a Power Pad in any and all juice-off competitions and are encouraged to.
  5. We love the Power Glove. It’s so bad.

9. Tournament Disputes: David Murray and Jon Bailey are the tournament referees. They will decide all disputes.

10. Tournament organizers reserve the right to use and allow the use of aftermarket equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, NES systems, controllers, and TSB cartridges.

11. Participants are not allowed to hook up streaming or recording devices to any system that is in-play during the tournament. Those caught doing so will be immediately removed from the tournament.

Any broken rules other than Rule #11 will be left to the judges to deem consequence. Typically, first offense is a warning, a second is a reduction in score, a third will be forfeiture of the game and fourth banned from the tournament.


Tournament registrations are for the registrant only. Our tournament is an open-seeded bracket. Any giveaway or exchange of hands is not allowed.

PRIZE STRUCTURE – MAin event only

Going to place in the money? We applaud your enthusiasm! Tecmo Madison awards cash prizes to the Top 8 places proportional to the number of attendees. 30% of the registration fee of each participant will go into a tournament prize pool, which will be awarded to the top finishers at a 60/20/10/4/2/2/1/1 split.

For example, if 300 people enter a tournament at $50 registration, the total prize pool for that tournament will be $4500 (300 x $15 (30% of total)), paying out $2700 to first place (60% of $4500), $900 to second place (20%), and $450 to third place (10%), and etc. Players may not share or split prizes with other contestants.

We reserve the right to change, update, clarify, add or subtract rules if deemed necessary.

Updated 04/13/17