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Joe Montana II Sports Talk Football
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,800 G-4065
Sega Mega Drive
US
$59.99[1] 1209
Sega Mega Drive
US (Classic)
$? 1209
Sega Mega Drive
CA
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[2] 1209
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1209
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 1209
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1209
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? ?



Joe Montana II Sports Talk Football (ジョー・モンタナII スポーツトークフットボール) is the sequel to Joe Montana Football, released by Sega in 1991 exclusively on the Sega Mega Drive.

Gameplay

Despite its name, Joe Montana II is an almost entirely different game to the original John Madden Football, the most promient difference being that games are played "horizontally" rather than "vertically". There are also two levels of "zoom", with the camera closing in on the action when appropriate.

Also new is the concept of an in-game announcer, whose comments occur continuously in real time in accordance with the action (as opposed to the previous method of only having voice samples after plays (or in the case of other sports, hits, goals, etc.)), similar to how American football is broadcast on television. This was considered a selling point for the game, and was advertised as part of the Sports Talk series, which includes Sports Talk Baseball and this game's sequels, NFL Sports Talk Football '93 Starring Joe Montana and NFL Football '94 Starring Joe Montana (as well as College Football's National Championship).

While the concept of in-game commentary would become a standard across most forms of video game American football (and sports gamsein general), Joe Montana II stands as one of the first to bring this feature to home consoles. Here, however, the voiceover is very primitive, with sentences constructed from monotone words, lacking any sense of tone or flow.

Sega would actually move away form in-game commentary for a few years - it does not exist in NFL '95 or its sequels, nor does it appear in the Sega Mega-CD game Joe Montana's NFL Football.

Production credits

  • Programmed by: Maca B. Johnson, Hoss Stephens
  • Artists: Chuck Osieja, Scott Seidel
  • Art Director: Dana Christianson
  • Speech, Music and Sounds: Kathryn Francavilla, Mark Guidas, Ray Frericks, Jeff Fort
  • Technical Advisor: Tom Walsh
  • Voice: Lon Simmons
  • Produced by: Scott Berfield
  • Special Thanks to: Jerry Markota, Scott Rohde
Source: In-game credits


Magazine articles

Main article: Joe Montana II Sports Talk Football/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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GamePro US 029.pdfGamePro US 029.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
GamePro (US) #29: "December 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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SegaVisions US 07.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)
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MeanMachinesSega11UK.pdfMeanMachinesSega11UK.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Mean Machines Sega (UK) #11: "September 1993" (1993-07-30)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №126, p36[4]
100 №29, p54/55[5]
60 №34
77 №7, p90/91[6]
80 №6, p98/99[7]
90 №25, p144[8]
52 №4, p79
53 №5, p92
80 №1, p16-19[9]
90 №1, p14[10]
83 №15, p158-160[11]
52 №20, p106[12]
88 №28, p32/33
85 №3, p72[13]
75 №18, p66
89 №2, p52-54
76 №2, p76/77[14]
92 №10, p36-38[15]
Sega Mega Drive
78
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, US
JoeMontanaII MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Sportstalkfootball md us cart.jpg
Cart
Joe Montana II Sports Talk MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic)

Sportstalkfootball md us cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic; newer)
JoeMontanaII MD US Box SegaClassic.jpg
Cover
Sportstalkfootball md us cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
JoeMontanaII MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
JoeMontanaII MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
JoeMontanaII MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
JoeMontana2 MD JP CartTop.jpg
JoeMontanaII MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
JoeMontana2 MD jp manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
Joemontanaii md br cover.jpg
Cover
JoeMontanaII MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, CA

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 a45da893
MD5 853ca91d72d5ed10212cbc725dfb914f
SHA-1 ce006ff3b9bcd71fef4591a63a80d887004abe77
1MB 1991-09 Cartridge v01
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 f2363a4a
MD5 00820ca4790d5a9de2c441f895f915ce
SHA-1 3925623fafb79a7e8467e9b6fe70361c147cbfd3
1MB 1991-09 Cartridge v00

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:GamePro US 029.pdf, page 57
  2. File:SegaForce UK 02.pdf, page 77
  3. File:Supergame BR 08.pdf, page 46
  4. File:CVG UK 126.pdf, page 36
  5. File:GamePro US 029.pdf, page 56
  6. File:HobbyConsolas ES 007.pdf, page 82
  7. File:Joypad FR 006.pdf, page 98
  8. File:Joystick FR 025.pdf, page 144
  9. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 16
  10. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 14
  11. File:MeanMachines UK 15.pdf, page 160
  12. File:PlayerOne FR 020.pdf, page 106
  13. File:SegaPro UK 03.pdf, page 72
  14. File:SegaForce UK 02.pdf, page 76
  15. File:Supergame BR 10.pdf, page 36


American Football games published by Sega
Joe Montana Football (Mega Drive) (Master System/Game Gear) (DOS) (1990) | Joe Montana II Sports Talk Football (1991) | NFL Sports Talk Football '93 Starring Joe Montana (1992) | Joe Montana's NFL Football (1993) | NFL Football '94 Starring Joe Montana (1993) | NFL '95 (1994) | Prime Time NFL Football Starring Deion Sanders (1995) | NFL '97 (1996) | NFL 98 (1997)
Joe Montana NFL Football (IBM PC) (unreleased)
College Football
College Football's National Championship (1994) | College Football's National Championship II (1995) | NCAA College Football 2K2 (2001) | NCAA College Football 2K3 (2002)
NFL 2K Series
NFL 2K (1999) | NFL 2K1 (2000) | NFL 2K2 (2001) | NFL 2K3 (2002) | ESPN NFL Football (2003) | ESPN NFL 2K5 (2004)