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10th annual "Tecmo" tournament in Madison

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Saturday, March 8, 2014 --- 10:10 p.m.

It's a game that, considering it's age, some may consider ancient.

"Tecmo Superbowl" was released in 1991 -- but even over 20 years later, people all over the country still play it.

In fact, today marked the 10th annual Tecmo tournament, and it was right here in Madison.

256 people from 27 different countries competed for a grand prize of $2700.

Josh Holzbauer was one of two people who started the tournament back in 2006.

"A friend of ours had an old Nintendo, so we decided we're going to play this game, and we had so much fun doing it, we decided we should get a tournament together," Holzbauer explained.

Holzbauer said that they have people from all over the country who attend, some come from as far as Puerto Rico.

David Burde is from San Diego, California, and also attended as a player.

"I've never been and everybody always said you've gotta come... and this year I did," Burde explained.

He said that he's there to have fun, but he isn't messing around.

"I'm competitive, I want to win," Burde said, adding that he thinks he has a pretty good chance of winning.

"If you like sports, if you like video games, or if you really just like to wax nostalgic and talk to people about you things were in the early 90s, this is the place to be," according to Holzbauer.

The tournament was a day-long even with registration beginning at 9 AM and the competition ending around 10 PM.

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