Joe Montana II Sports Talk Football

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

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

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.


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


GamePro US 029.pdfGamePro US 029.pdf

Print advert in
GamePro (US) #29: "December 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

SegaVisions US 07.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)


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
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic)

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Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic; newer)
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
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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


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)