While gamers’ choices in hockey video games have slimmed down tremendously over the past decade, thanks to the fall of 2K’s hockey titles and the dominance of EA Sports, the 16-bit era saw a plethora of puck being played on the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. From the arcade port of Hit the Ice and the wacky Street Hockey 95, to the classic NHL series and Wayne Gretzky and Bret Hull-powered games, there was no shortage of choices.
All with different licenses and gameplay mechanics, each game played differently and created memories. But which ones were the greatest?
NHL Hockey: This was the game that started it all for the Electronic Arts Sports Network, now known as EA Sports. Although it didn’t feature real players, it featured real teams, player numbers, and ratings, making it the first time on a 16-bit console that gamers could play a “real hockey game.” Although it caused a ton of friction with the NHL due to the inclusion of injuries and fighting, it laid the foundation for the best hockey games of all-time and is still playable today.
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