Sega’s latest football series, which would become a beloved sports franchise, had its first release on this day in history.
Developed by Visual Concepts and published by Sega, NFL2K was released for the Sega Dreamcast alongside the console’s launch on September 9th, 1999.
The game was the only football game on the Dreamcast, since the system did not get supported by Electronic Arts.
It received extremely positive reviews from critics for its graphics, gameplay, and commentary. That commentary, uniquely, was provided by voice actors Terry McGovern, Jay Styne and Marcia Perry.
The series would continue on the Dreamcast through NFL2K2, and move to other consoles following the end of Sega’s hardware era.
The series continued until NFL2K5, when Electronic Arts made an exclusive deal with the NFL and NFLPA for video game rights.
NFL2K5 is still considered by some to be one of the best football video games of all time.