Football 2002

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Football 2002
Developer: Retro Studios
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo GameCube
Category: Sports
Players: 1
Predecessor: N/A
Successor: N/A
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Football 2002[1] was a cancelled American football game from Retro Studios for the Nintendo GameCube. Early planning for the game began in summer 1999, and the project entered into full development in mid-2000, around six months later.[2] The game would have been a realistic football simulation, using motion-captured professionals for the in-game players' movements, the first game from Retro to be developed using their motion capture equipment.[2]

The game was initially slated for release later in 2001[1], listed as a launch title for the system.[2] However, in February 2001, Retro Studios announced that both this game and Thunder Rally had been cancelled and the development teams for both projects had been dissolved to instead focus all resources on Raven Blade and Metroid Prime.[1][2]

According to programmer Jason C. Hughes, Retro wanted to acquire the license from Nintendo to develop an arcade-style Super Mario football game, but Nintendo, seeking to target an older demographic with the Nintendo GameCube, wanted the game to be a realistic simulation with licensed NFL teams and players.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Retro Regroups. IGN (February 15, 2001). Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 A Retrospective: The Story of Retro Studios. N-Sider (December 17, 2004). Retrieved January 6, 2017.