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Developer(s) Visual Concepts
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s) GameCube
Release date(s) NA August 21, 2002
EU March 28, 2003
Genre(s) Sports, American football
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer (2)
Input methods GameCube Controller
Compatibility 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: NFL 2K3
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Sega's hard-hitting football series is ready for the 2002-03 season with NFL 2K3. Are you? Step out onto the gridiron for the most realistic football imaginable, enjoying full NFL rosters, detailed stadiums, and more. Using its new ESPN endorsement, the game presents its action in full television style, complete with spinning graphics, awesome slow-motion replays, stats, analysis, and the rest of the fixings. With better player models and more focused physics, NFL 2K3 takes on the feel of the pros, and new motion-capture animations further articulate the game-day action; one-handed tips, animated coaches, hurried throws, and other brilliant minutia are at play throughout the games, and team AI has been honed to perfection. Franchise mode puts you in the role of GM, challenging you to make good draft decisions and smart trades all from within the strict confines of a salary cap. Of course, you can always play a single game or enjoy a full season as well, and there are plenty of other goodies for pigskin fans, too.

Emulation Information


NFL 2K3 has a native 16:9 display option, but it requires enabling it in its internal options and setting Dolphin's Aspect Ratio graphics setting to "Auto". Using the widescreen hack with this title is not recommended.


Black Screen

NFL 2K3 will continuously show a black screen at startup unless XFB Real is set. It appears XFB can be reverted to Virtual once the title has started. This was fixed, presumably by Hybrid XFB added in 5.0-5874.


No configuration changes are known to affect compatibility for this title.

Version Compatibility

The graph below charts the compatibility with NFL 2K3 since Dolphin's 2.0 release, listing revisions only where a compatibility change occurred.

5.0-21604 (current)
2.0 (r5384)
Compatibility can be assumed to align with the indicated revisions. However, compatibility may extend to prior revisions or compatibility gaps may exist within ranges indicated as compatible due to limited testing. Please update as appropriate.


This title has been tested on the environments listed below:

Test Entries
Revision OS CPU GPU Result Tester
r6931 Windows 7 Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 3.75 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 Fully Playable: 30FPS with DX11 plug-in, and OpenCL Enabled
4.0-2575 Windows 7 Intel Core i3-3220 @ 3.3 GHz NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 Fully playable. No issues whatsoever after playing a few full sessions. Used OpenGL and HLE Audio. No sound looping that I could recall as well. Should be Five Stars at this point as long as newer builds don't break the game somehow. Yugix

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