All 30 NFL teams, including Jacksonville and Carolina. Hidden codes reveal secret teams and players. Create Player Combine Scouting - Game within the game. All-new 3-D rendered graphics and animations: over-the-top dives, kneeling catches, logos in the end zone, clothesline tackles, left-handed QB/kickers. General Manager feature - trade and sign players. Over 20 new offensive and defensive plays. Full season with Playoffs and Super Bowl.
Due to Black Pearl unable to use the NFL licence, the Sega Game Gear port is renamed to Madden 96 - a tradition that would be adopted by later games. Home console versions would keep the "NFL" in the title for a few more years.