1994 – Tower Power

The Game:

Robots compete to launch soccer balls into a tower with two
buckets: a high bucket worth more points, and a low bucket.

New and Interesting:

An unusual match system allowed for three-way competition in
preliminary rounds and two-way games in the finals. This
persisted for several years.

The Competitions:

43 teams competed in yet another high school gym in Nashua, NH.
Notice the ESPN coverage in the video, though.