FAQ by Pyroe

Version: 12.0 | Updated: 07/04/04 | Printable Version

Game: John Elway's Quarterback       |  \
      Challenge                      |  |
System: Nintendo Entertainment System|  |
Author: Pyroe                        |  |
Copyright: 2003                      |  |
Last Updated: 07/04/04               |  /

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Version History:

0.1|  First draft.  Most things finished. (9/19/03)
1.0|  This is officially posted but a few mistakes have been found. (9/20/03)
2.0|  Updating a new play and a new e-mail.  I even added a credits section.
   |   (7/4/04)

***Table of Contents***

Section 1: What this FAQ is.
Section 2: Controls/ How to play
Section 3: How to win
Section 4: The Teams
Section 5: Frequently Asked Questions
Section 6: Credits
Section 7: Contact me

Section 1: What this FAQ is.

This game was one of my favorites as a child.  In truth, it started my love
of video games.  So, when I saw this at K-Mart for $5, I had to buy it.  I 
played through a couple games and realized, it was still fun, but not the mega
game I had played for hours on end with anybody who would play.  Next, I looked
on www.gamefaqs.com and was shocked (semi-shocked) there was no FAQ for it.  
That is why I have created the one you are (hopefully) reading today.

This guide is to instruct you on how to play this game and how to win.  It is a
pretty simple game that shouldn't need much in the way of questions, but some
people might need help.  That is why I created this guide, because somebody 
(probably you) might buy John Elway's Quarterback Challenge at a Flea Market 
and wonder what to do.  Please read on to learn how.

Section 2: Controls/ How to play



(As Quarterback)
Start: Timeout
Select: N/A
A: Dive
B: Bring up throw cursor
D-pad: Run/Move throw cursor
Down: Hike the ball

(Running/After the catch)
Start: Timeout
Select: N/A
A: Dive
B: N/A
D-pad: Run

Start: N/A
Select: N/A
A: Dive/Tackle
B: Switch player
D-pad: Run

Special Teams
Start: Timeout
Select: N/A
A: Dive/Tackle
B: Switch player
D-pad: Aim kick

How to play

The game is pretty simple to play.  You hike the ball, then run back, hold down
B, move the cursor and throw the ball.  The game consists of four quarters 
with fifteen minutes a quarter (obviously).  I'm not sure how the clock really
works, but it's not a full fifteen minutes.  On defense, you just try to 
intercept the ball and if that fails, tackle whoever has the ball.  Special 
teams, just aim the ball or tackle.

Simple, just like I said.

Section 3: How to win

Doing everything I said above, you should have very little trouble playing, but
winning is a bit trickier.  The game is flawed, I will admit, but you can 
overcome this with these helpful hints.


The four best plays to pick are Bomb, Shotgun, Screen and Sneak.

Bomb and Shotgun: These give you time to set-up your throw.  After the ball is
hiked, run back while pressing B.  Look for the open reciever and throw in the
vicinity.  They should make the catch and you can take it up field for some big
yardage.  There is also a "cheap" way to use the bomb.  Hike the ball and hold
down, but when you press B, hold up until it hits the top of the screen and 
then let go.  It should be an easy reception and most likely an easy touchdown
in one or two plays.  Also for those playing the NES version, the bomb will 
sometimes cause your player to run many times faster.  You can even lap the 
other players on the team.

Screen: This lets some defenders chase the quarterback, only to be dumbfounded
when the running back is going upfield with no one in front of him.  Luckily, 
it's also easy to use.  After the ball is hiked, run back and watch your 'back
go into the flat.  When no one is around, dump the ball off to him and run off
for about 10-30 yards.  This is good to use after a big gain off the "Shotgun"
or "Bomb" play.

Sneak: Use this on 2nd and 2 or 3rd and 2 situations.  Hold Up the entire time
and pray you'll get the yardage.  That's all there is to this play.

Running After the Catch

This isn't as easy as it sounds because the defense is always faster in this 
game.  So, to counter-act this, you must run in a zig-zag pattern.  When the
defenders are chasing your player and are about to dive, run the other way 
like this:

|                      |
|            \         |
|            /         |
|           /          | 
|          U           |  
|         DDD          |

D- Defender(s)
U- You
---- - Yard Lines
|- Out of bounds
/- Run up-right
\- Run up-left

It's pretty easy to score touchdowns with the methods provided above.


On defense there are only two things to try and do: intercept the ball, and 
tackle the opponent.

First, the interception.  You should always try and get one of these and it's 
pretty easy in this game.  Take your middle-linebacker and move back a little. 
When the quarterback goes back, try to find the most open reciever and cover 
him.  If all goes well, step in front of the pass and pick it off.  They should
rename this game "John Elway's Interception-mania" just because of the amount 
of picks in this game.

Second, our good friend the tackle.  You should probably let the computer
take over this as it is somewhat difficult to make the play.  But, if you are
stubborn, just switch to the closest guy and dive to try and tackle.

Special Teams

This consists of kicking, tackling and running.  First, I'll cover kicking off.
Aim the ball down the middle and while it's going downfield, your kicker will
be carried by the screen.  If done correctly, you will tackle them at about 
the fifteen yard line.  If not, don't worry, you'll stop them at the twenty-
five yard line instead.

Next, extra point attempts.  Just to let you know, you can never block a field
goal/extra point.  Plus, I've never had the computer miss.  Anyways, now for
you kicking them.  Just hike the ball and then move the orangish arrow into 
the goal posts.  It might take a couple times to get use to it, but it will
become second nature after a few attempts.

Section 4: The Teams

I'm just guessing at the team names, if any are incorrect PLEASE send me an 

Los Angeles Rams
Chicago Bears
Denver Broncos
New York Giants/Jets
Miami Dolphins
Seattle Seahawks
Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers
Minnesota Vikings
New England Patriots
San Francisco Forty-Niners
San Diego Chargers
Washington Redskins
Dallas Cowboys

Section 5: Frequently Asked Questions

When someone sends in a question, I'll post them up.

Section 6: Credits

If you help contribute to the guide in any way, I'll put your name in this 


Section 7: Contact me

You can contact me at shredhead @gmail.com (without the space).  Send me the

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