Chris Carter plays NFL Blitz | Source: Arcade1Up

Fall is almost here, and that means it’s time for football season!

Just in time for crunching leaves and crashing helmets, Arcade1Up is launching NFL Blitz Legends — a new, home arcade cabinet that features a trio of remastered and updated NFL Blitz video games that are returning to the scene after 25 years. The cabinet features NFL BlitzNFL Blitz ‘99, and NFL Blitz 2000: Gold Edition.

For the launch, Arcade1Up struck partnerships with the National Football League (NFL) and the IMG-managed Football Greats Alliance (FGA) to lock in hundreds of famous players to appear in the games, including Dan Marino (Miami Dolphins), Jerry Rice (San Francisco 49ers), Deion Sanders (Denver Broncos), Brett Favre (Green Bay Packers), Jerome Bettis (Pittsburgh Steelers), Terrell Davis (Denver Broncos), and Cris Carter (pictured top, Minnesota Vikings).

“I’ve always thought Blitz was one of the best games made and the fans loved it too,” says NFL legend Jerry Rice. “I like how Arcade1Up took the time to reflect today’s NFL game while celebrating the game’s greatest legends and uniforms from back in the day. Every play is still a game-changing play and I love that. I can easily see this becoming a favorite pastime.”

NFL Blitz Legends | Source: Arcade1Up

So how does the updated NFL Blitz “reflect today’s game” as Rice says?

According to Arcade1up, “to support the NFL’s current Player Health & Safety initiatives, a specific set of tackles and after-the-whistle hits were removed or edited in the remastered versions of NFL Blitz, NFL Blitz ‘99, and NFL Blitz 2000: Gold Edition while maintaining the level of excitement in the original games.” That means 99 of the 117 previous tackles are still included.

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The five-foot arcade cabinet features a 17-inch screen, four-player action, 49-way joysticks, online leaderboards and wifi connectivity, a light-up marquee, simulated coin doors, and a matching riser. Arcade1Up will also offer matching stools for each NFL team.

The NFL Blitz Legends Arcade Game is available to preorder through Arcade1Up, Best Buy, and Walmart. Additional retailers will stock the cabinet this fall.