Prime Time NFL Football Starring Deion Sanders

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Prime Time NFL Football Starring Deion Sanders
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega
Sound driver: GEMS
Peripherals supported: Team Player
Genre: Sports

Number of players: 1-4
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$59.9559.95[1] 1240
ESRB: Kids to Adults

Prime Time NFL Football Starring Deion Sanders is an American football game for the Sega Mega Drive. It was only released in North America. Sega 32X and Sega Saturn versions were planned, but cancelled.


Players can play exhibition games, or play through a season.

Playing through a season takes you through the 1993, 1994 AND 1995 NFL seasons, and includes the expansion teams: The Jacksonville Jaguars and The Carolina Panthers in the 1995 season.



Prime Time NFL Football Starring Deion Sanders, originally just known as Prime Time NFL Football was originally announced in mid-1995, however the majority of its promotional material erroneously listed a Winter 1996 release date instead of Winter 1995 (alongside NBA Action on the Sega Saturn, which actually released in June 1996). The Mega Drive version was released on time, however the 32X and Saturn versions were delayed and inevitably cancelled for unknown reasons. As the Mega Drive game simply builds on the NFL '95 engine, it can be assumed a possible move to more advanced hardware may have been a cause for the initial delay.

No screenshots were ever released of the 32X or Saturn versions, however the 32X version in particular was extensively advertised in North America (and both received ESRB ratings). There is nothing to suggest any versions of the game were set to be released outside of this region.

The Saturn version may have become NFL '97 somewhere down the line, given that after its missed target of Winter 1995 (and the impending demise of the 32X console) a new NFL season had started and needed to be taken into account to remain competitve.

Production credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Prime Time NFL Football Starring Deion Sanders/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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US print advert 2
Print advert in VideoGames (US) #81: "October 1995" (1995-09-19)
also published in:


Physical scans

Mega Drive, US
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Prime Time NFL MD US Manual.pdf


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)